In an essay titled "Climate of Denial", published by the Rolling Stone magazine, the former Vice-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore criticizes President Barack Obama for failing to do enough to tackle climate change.
Gore does acknowledge the "incredible challenges" that is confronting President Obama and recognizes the climate-friendly efforts Obama has achieved, such as the historic improvements in fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles and for instructing EPA to "move forward on the regulation of global-warming pollution under the Clean Air Act". But despite this Gore says Obama has "failed" to present "bold action on climate change" and that Obama has only "slightly" moved the country forward on the climate issue. Gore writes:
Because Obama failed to pass legislation to limit global-warming pollution in the US he also contributed, Gore writes, to the disappointing failure of securing a global climate treaty at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen (Cop15) in 2009.
Gore also directed strong criticism against Obama for failing to defend the climate science from "dishonest attacks" by the climate deniers and the fossil fuel industry.
There is really no denying. Since taking office in 2008 Obama has failed to bring the change he promised. His track record has so far been a huge disappointment, especially when it comes to the climate crisis. Gore is just saying what has been on many environmentalists minds for a while now. And yet people who want to see real change on the climate issue doesn't have many political options. As Dina Cappiello from the Associated Press writes:
And this is really where the problem lies. The current two-party system in the US is undemocratic and is now also clearly responsible for killing our climate. But it's a political system that Al Gore still remains a firm supporter of.