The new global climate change agreement is a “gutsy” deal, with no guarantee of its final outcome, former Vice President Al Gore told The Hill in an exclusive interview.
The president has “no doubt the U.S. will try and sell it” and try to convince Americans that it will be a great deal, Gore said.
It is a complicated, but ultimately very powerful deal, he added.
“It is basically a package of agreements that will not only save billions of dollars, but it will have real benefits for the planet,” Gore said, noting that “many of the benefits of the agreement come from carbon emissions that are already being curbed, and are going to go up.”
But the president has failed to convince voters that the deal will have a big impact on the economy, Gore added.
It’s not just the climate issue that is a stumbling block, Gore, who is running for president in 2020, said.
The deal “has failed in the most basic ways.
The president of the United States, who has the power to make these decisions, has failed in his duties as commander in chief to lead by example,” Gore told the Hill.”
He has failed as a commander in general to lead this nation on the path to a sustainable, clean energy economy.”
The U.N. climate conference convenes this month in New York.
Gore said that while he and other experts believe the Paris agreement is “probably the most important and consequential environmental deal ever negotiated,” the Trump administration is not leading by example.
The Paris deal will be the “first real test of the Trump presidency, and if it is not met,” Gore added, “the U.K., France and the other countries that will sign the agreement will have to make their own decisions.”
Gore, a prominent climate activist, made his comments after the U,S.
signed the deal, which will help limit global warming by keeping global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from the end of this century.
The agreement includes an emissions cap that will last until 2050.
While that limit is expected to be met, Gore and other critics of the deal say the pact will increase greenhouse gas emissions as a result of carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels.
The Trump administration says it will increase the amount of CO2 emissions under the deal by nearly 1,000 percent, which is the equivalent of nearly 10 percent of the global economy.