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Why Al Gore is on board with the Green New Deal

Al Gore.
Al Gore. Photo: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures

KATOWICE, Poland — Al Gore sat down with Axios for an exclusive interview at the annual United Nations climate confab, which this year is being held in this old coal-mining city.

Why he matters: The former vice president and long-time climate activist has been influential in raising awareness on climate change for decades and for what critics describe as polarizing the issue. Here are excerpts of our nearly 30-minute interview.

Al Gore: Technology capturing CO2 emissions is "nonsense"

Al Gore, Former U.S. Vice President and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project seen speaking during the Climate Crisis and its Solutions presentation at the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018.
Al Gore speaks at the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018. Photo: Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

KATOWICE, Poland — Al Gore is optimistic the world will effectively address climate change despite being pessimistic on technology many scientists say is critical to that end.

Why it matters: Gore’s remarks, made during an interview with Axios on Wednesday, put him at odds with a number of experts and scientists. A seminal report issued in October by a United Nations scientific panel found the technology, which captures carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, to be critical to keeping global temperatures below a level that would avoid the worst impacts of a warmer world.

"Dearth of American leadership" at global climate conference

eople are seen walking pas a COP24 logo during the Katowice Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland.
Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

KATOWICE, Poland — Depending on who you ask, the lack of presence of Democratic politicians and leaders at a major climate-change conference here is either expected or ridiculous.

Driving the news: This year’s U.S. event space, which wrapped up operations Tuesday, is a fraction of the size and scope compared to last year’s at the same United Nations conference in Bonn, Germany.

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