Al Gore: Hillary Clinton ‘Will Make Solving the Climate Crisis a Top National Priority’

Melanie Arter | October 11, 2016 | 5:03pm EDT
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Former Vice President Al Gore (AP Photo)

( - During a campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Miami, Fla., on Tuesday, former Vice President Al Gore said Clinton will make “solving the climate crisis a top national priority.

When it comes to the most urgent issue facing our country and the world, the choice in this election is extremely clear: Hillary Clinton will make solving the climate crisis a top national priority,” Gore said, adding that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump “would take us toward a climate catastrophe.”


Before introducing Gore, Clinton said she’s “running against a guy who denies science, denies climate change, says it’s a hoax created by the Chinese.”

“The climate crisis is and must be regarded as a top national priority and a top global priority,” Gore said.

The former vice president and former Democratic presidential nominee also recalled the 2000 presidential election, saying, “Your vote really, really, really counts a lot. You can consider me as an exhibit A of that proof.”

“Now for those of you who are younger than 25, you might not remember the election of 2000 and what happened here in Florida and across the country. For those of you older than 25, I heard you murmuring  just now, but take it from me, it was a very close election,” Gore said, as the crowd chanted, “You won.”

“Elections have consequences,” Gore said. “Your vote counts. Your vote has consequences, and in this election, the future of Miami and cities up and down the West Coast and east coast of Florida are on the ballot as well.

“Indeed, the entire state of Florida and its future are on this ballot. So is our economy, our health, our national security, the common thread that binds all of these issues together, what we decide to do about carbon pollution and its damage to the ecological system of the Earth,” he said.

“I don’t have to tell you here in Florida that the climate crisis is real. Yes, it’s true that some of your elected officials have not recognized that it’s real, but every single night on the television news is like a hike through the Book of Revelations,” Gore added.

“You look at the floods and the droughts and the mudslides and the fires and the incredible downpours, and as Secretary Clinton just mentioned Hurricane Matthew just recently, you know it’ spun up from a tropical storm into a Category 5 hurricane in just 36 hours. That’s extremely unusual,” he said.

“And the reason that happened is the climate crisis is trapping so much extra heat in the earth’s system equivalent to what would be released by 400,000 Hiroshima clouds’ atomic bombs going off every day,” Gore said.

“It’s a big planet, but that’s a lot of energy, and it’s warming the oceans. More than 90 percent of that heat energy goes into the oceans. And so the southern Caribbean, where it spun up into a Category 5 so quickly, was much warmer than normal because of that, and the Gulf stream is way warmer than normal for this time of year for the same reason,” he said.

“So this means also that all the water vapor coming off the oceans into the atmosphere is brought over the land, and so we get these record downpours. Just in the last year, we have seen one-in-1,000 year downpours in Louisiana, West Virginia, Texas, Maryland. In Houston, in one 12-month period, they’ve just had two 500-year floods and one 1,000-year downpour,” Gore said

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