Al Gore attends movie premiere for 'An Inconvenient Sequel' in DC

Al Gore attends movie premiere for 'Inconvenient Sequel' in DC (ABC7)

There was a bit of Hollywood glitz at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Wednesday night.

Cameras flashing, people dressed to the nines, and… not a red, but a green carpet.

In the middle of it all, former Vice President Al Gore.

”Scientists are virtually unanimous,” he smiled. “There’s a new participant in the discussion, and that’s Mother Nature.”

Gore was here to attend a special screening of “An Inconvenient Sequel”, his second climate-change documentary.

He says two of every three Americans believe in climate change.

“The climate-related extreme weather events have become way more common, and unfortunately, way more destructive,” he says. “And that’s convincing a lot of people.”

But not President Donald Trump, who pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord back in May.

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburg, not Paris,” Mr. Trump said at the time.

The Trump Administration argued the accord, signed by 200 nations agreeing to fight climate change, would hurt the economy.

“The world applauded when we joined Paris,” EPA Director Scott Pruitt told reporters. “And you know why? I think they applauded because they knew it was going to put this country at an economic disadvantage.”

The president himself has gone back and forth on the climate change debate.

During the 2016 campaign, he called it a ‘Chinese Hoax’, later saying he was joking.

The Washington Post reports in one television interview last December, Mr. Trump said he was ‘open-minded on the issue.’

The Post says the president told its editorial board earlier in the year, that he was ‘not a great believer in man-made climate change.’

“There are certainly people who do not believe,” says Diane Weyermann, one of the film’s producers. “All we can do is continue to get the message out.”

The president himself is in the documentary. During a wintertime speech, he tells the crowd at a campaign event, “We need some global warming, it’s freezing!”

Still, one of the film’s themes envisions solar and wind power as energy sources of the future; fuel for clean jobs.

“We’re on the cusp of a clean energy revolution that’s like the industrial revolution,” says Jeff Skoll, the founder of Participant Media, which produced the film.

The producers note that some communities have moved forward in dealing with climate change, no matter what political leaders in Washington are doing.

“Continue to work towards exceeding what was agreed to in the Paris accords,” says producer Richard Berge. “Mayors, and governors, and business leaders of this country have decided that's the way to go.”

Gore himself sounds hopeful the documentary will make a difference.

“I certainly hope the movie adds to the growing momentum to solve the climate crisis,” Gore says.

This story has been updated, Thursday, July 20, 2017

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