Former Vice President Al Gore said Sunday that “climate deniers” were comparable to the 400 law enforcement officers on the scene of the Uvalde school shooting.
Gore made the comments on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday with host Chuck Todd, as seen in a clip shared on Twitter. “You know, the climate deniers are really in some ways similar to all of those almost 400 law enforcement officers in Uvalde, Texas, who were waiting outside an unlocked door while the children were being massacred,” Gore said in the interview.
“They heard the screams, they heard the gunshots, and nobody stepped forward.” Gore continued, adding, “And God bless those families who’ve suffered so much. And law enforcement officials tell us that’s not typical of what law enforcement usually does.” His comments come just two months after nineteen students and two teachers were massacred in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
“And confronted with this global emergency, what we’re doing with our inaction and failing to walk through the door and stop the killing is not typical of what we are capable of as human beings. We do have the solutions,” Gore continued, comparing global climate inaction to the inaction of police officers at the scene of the school shooting.
“I think these extreme events that are getting steadily worse and more severe are really beginning to change minds,” Gore said. “We have to have unity as a nation to come together and stop making this a political football. It shouldn’t be a partisan issue.” Gore’s latest comments on the climate come in the wake of several severe weather events occurring in parts of the United States, United Kingdom and Europe.