Former Vice President Al Gore on Saturday said Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement could constitute nothing more than "a speed bump" if a Democratic president is elected in 2020.
Speaking to progressive activists at Netroots Nation in Atlanta, Gore drew attention to the fact that it technically isn't until the final months of Trump's current term, on Nov. 4, 2020, that America can formally withdraw from the accord. "The first day upon which it is legally possible to withdraw," Gore explained, "happens to be the day after the next presidential election."
"A new president can simply give 30 days until we're back in," the documentarian added. Trump's withdrawal, Gore contended, "could be just a speed bump."
The former vice president also predicted, "regardless of what Donald Trump does" in terms of the Paris agreement, "it now looks as if the United States of America is very likely to meet the commitments made by former President Obama." That's thanks in part to the efforts of mayors, governors, and business leaders who committed to doubling down after Trump announced his intentions to withdraw, according to Gore.
In his conversation on the stage with ex-EPA worker Mustafa Ali, Gore also accused the Trump administration of "secretly working to try to change everything they can, and fire the scientists, and get rid of every regulation they can."
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.