Former United States Vice President Al Gore says that he "chooses to be optimistic" about the climate change negotiations presently underway in Copenhagen, and that, depending on how the meeting resolves this week, "there's an excellent chance that we will look back from some future time and see it as a turning point."
He's also defiant in the face of ongoing criticism of the Copenhagen deliberations from skeptics who continue to assert that climate change is either not occurring or is a consequence of natural variability.
"The entire north polar icecap is disappearing before our very eyes," he points out. "What do the deniers say about that? It's been the size of the continental United States for most of the last three million years. Forty percent of it has gone in the last few decades, and the rest of it is due to go in the coming decades."
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(The full transcript of the interview can be seen here.)
Gore‘s comments came during a conversation we had in New York last week, that focused primarily on his latest book, Our Choice. In contrast to his previous publications, Our Choice is less of a polemic and more of a toolkit, a low-key and informative guide to the ways in which energy is used (and wasted) today, and how it could be used in a society that is both more energy-efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels.