USA Today reports, former Vice President Al Gore (D) endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden’s (D) presidential candidacy on Wednesday, picking Earth Day to announce his support for the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Gore, one of the world’s leading climate activists, announced his support in a tweet shortly before appearing virtually with Biden for a town hall-style Earth Day climate change event.
Gore told Biden that he would tell an undecided voter, “This is the most consequential choice in a presidential election that we’ve ever had in American history. Donald Trump is the face of climate denial globally. He is lifting the constraints on polluters.”
“We need policy changes and that means we need to change some of the policymakers, particularly the one in the White House right now. And that’s why I am so proud to endorse your candidacy, Joe,” Gore told Biden on a split screen.
Gore, who narrowly lost his Democratic bid for president in 2000, told Biden that Trump has lifted constraints on polluters, contributing to more pollution into the atmosphere. He called it “crucial” that Biden win the election and vowed to do “everything I can” to persuade everybody who cares about the climate crisis to back Biden.
“If you want to start solving the climate crisis, this is not rocket science. This is the most consequential choice in a presidential election that we’ve ever had in American history,” Gore said. “This is a no-brainer. This is a real simple choice, and if anybody has a doubt about that, come talk to me.”
Biden thanked Gore and told him, “Beating Trump won’t end climate change but it’s a critical first step.”