Al Gore explains why he keeps comparing global warming activism to freeing the slaves

Former Vice President Al Gore explained why he routinely compares the fight against global warming to the civil rights, anti-apartheid and abolitionist movements during a live SiriusXM radio town hall Thursday.

“Because what all three of those issues have in common is a group of advocates trying to bring about a morally-based change in policies that have caused tremendous harm,” Gore said when an NBC News reporter asked him about comparing his work to the civil rights and gay rights movement.

“In all three of those cases, there has been ferocious resistance to the change being advocated, and in all three of those cases, there have been advocates of change that were tempted to despair,” Gore said.

Gore said all three cases eventually “boiled down to a pretty simple choice between what’s right and what’s wrong.” Gore went on to quote Nelson Mandela about the anti-apartheid movement in 1990s South Africa.

Gore was recently criticized for comparing his crusade against global warming to the abolition of slavery, ending apartheid, and the civil rights, women’s rights and gay rights movements — something he’s done many times in the past.

The global warming fight is “in the tradition of all the great moral causes that have improved the circumstances of humanity throughout our history,” Gore said in Australia in July, according to Climate Depot.

“The abolition of slavery, woman’s suffrage and women’s rights, the civil rights movement and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, the movement to stop the toxic phase of nuclear arms race and more recently the gay rights movement, Gore said.

Gore made similar comparisons during a 2013 interview with The Washington Post. In 2011, Gore compared winning “the conversation” on global warming to building support for civil rights.

This time, black conservative activists criticized Gore’s comparison of slavery and civil rights to the fight against global warming.

“When Al Gore, Jr. associates these moral movements of history with one grounded in questionable data, he gives climate change activists unearned moral credibility they haven’t earned and don’t deserve,” said Horace Cooper, co-chairman of the Project 21 initiative with the group Conservative Black Leadership.

Horace also pointed out that Gore’s father, a former Democratic Tennessee Senator, opposed civil rights initiatives in the 1960s, though he did support the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“Fighting people being owned as property and debased in an entrenched system enshrined in law is akin to worshiping the idea that humans can materially impact the climate?” Project 21 co-chairman Stacy Washington asked in a statement.

“He cannot be serious!” Washington said.

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  • John of Cloverdale, WA, Austra

    ““He cannot be serious!” Washington said.”
    McEnroe said it much better.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0hK1wyrrAU

  • Chaz_Martel

    How ironic that the former failed Democratic Party Presidential candidate, which was also the party that supported slavery and the Confederacy during the civil war, should misuse the term slavery.as being analogous to those who clearly and soundly reject the long discredited man made climate change hypothesis. The emperor of Green has no clothes.

    • Troof Detector

      Democrat party*

  • Deplorable Gus

    By Algore’s definition, the same claims should be made for an effort to repeal the “Great Society.”

  • Will Boyd

    Here we go again…doom and gloom. If I recall correctly, wasn’t the US and half of the planet to be under water by 2016 with catastrophic loss of life to go with it? I guess fat Al needed to pad some more carbon credit bucks kicked back to him by this hoax, as he has a follow up movie to his inconvenient lie movie. I think this will be a good movie season with all the fiction coming out…..Steven Kings’ “It”, Harrison Edsel Fords remake of “Blade Runner”, and Fat Al’s follow up…the liberals will love it! I smell another Oscar!

  • Robert Hope

    Gore’s use of slavery is incredibly hypocritical. When Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation all 87 Democrats voted against it. At the end of the Civil War the Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to keep the blacks in their place.
    This man is incredibly full of bullsh*t !

  • jim_robert

    Given that the Financial Stability Board recently estimated $73 freaking TRILLION would be spent on the fraud of AGW, and that the left wants EVERYONE back on the gov’t plantation, it is patently clear the Mr. Gore is just the latest leftist to utilize National SOCIALIST Workers’ Party’ Joseph Goebbels’ “big lie” dictum. Fits in perfectly with “BIG GREEN MONEY.”

  • jim_robert

    “I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.”

    – Frederick Douglass.

    Sadly, ignorant leftists have ZERO idea who this man is, or his significance to this nation and racial justice. He might even be considered a secondary founding father Truly, the left – the party of the KKK – including the late Dem. Sen. Robert Byrd of WV, who was a member of the KKK when young – is so utterly STUPID they have no clue.

  • rontomlin

    The thinking of the time was supported by science consensus also