Former Vice President Al Gore likened the minority of climate change “denialists” to alcoholic fathers, racists and homophobes on Wednesday in an interview with The Washington Post.
“It’s like a family with an alcoholic father who flies into a rage every time a subject is mentioned,” Gore said. “Everybody avoids the elephant in the room to keep the peace.”
Gore also recalled when the conversation on civil rights was won in the South, and when a friend made a racist joke, another replied that it was unacceptable.
When two men in line for pizza were holding hands and a bystander made an ugly comment, others in line told the man to keep to himself, Gore read in an article.
While the conversation on climate change has stalled, Gore believes it will progress as other controversial issues have done. As Gore told Washington Post reported Ezra Klein, “we’re winning” the conversation and opponents are being subjected to ridicule.
“The political climate is changing,” Gore said.
Gore praised President Barack Obama for his Georgetown University speech on climate change, calling it the greatest address of climate change any president has ever delivered.
Despite Gore’s excitement about renewed interest in climate changes, Conservatives have cited concerns on global warming as a low priority, and only 34 percent of Americans believe global warming is a serious threat, according to a Gallup Poll.