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Video: Al Gore Interviewed by Katie Couric

Steve Puma | Thursday November 5th, 2009 | 0 Comments

It has been three years since the release of Al Gore‘s Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”.  Yesterday, Katie Couric sat down for an exclusive interview the former Vice President in advance of the release of his new book, Our Choice.

In the interview, Mr. Gore talks about the potential impacts of climate change, the need for sustained action, the importance of reducing dependence on foreign oil, and the benefits that can be realized in the process. He also addresses questions about his most vocal climate change critics.

The following are highlights from the interview, or you can watch the full show on the CBS News website.

Clip 1: We’ve Got To Act

Al Gore speaks about the key to solving the climate crisis is having a strong grassroots consensus, and how many people are beginning to stand up.

Clip 2: Cap and Trade

Al Gore stresses the importance of having American-made renewable energy that can create new jobs. Gore also mentions that our “roller coaster is headed for a crash, and we’re in the front car.”

Clip 3: Climate Change Critics

The Vice-President addressed criticisms from leading scientists and researchers who have discredited his position on human-caused global climate change.

Clip 4: Praising the Copenhagen Summit

In this clip, Gore states that the upcoming climate change conference, to be held in Copenhagen, would be very beneficial for new environmental initiatives.

Further Reading:

“Should I Trust Al Gore, or My Rock Hard Nipples?” (Treehugger)

Grist on the NYT’s “Baseless Hit Job on Al Gore” (AlterNet)

Al Gore And Stephen Colbert Debate Global Warming Solutions (Ecorazzi)

How does the mind grasp climate change? (Columbia University)

Are Americans Cooling on Global Warming? (NY Times)

Excerpt and Sound Clip from Al Gore’s New Book (ABC News)

Al Gore’s Our Choice: Progressive Book Club Review

Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore on Amazon.com


Steve Puma is a sustainability and technology consultant. He currently writes for 3p as well as on his personal blog, ThePumaBlog, about the intersection of sustainability, technology, innovation, and the future. Steve holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a BA in Computer Science from Rutgers University. You can contact Steve through email or LinkedIn, or follow him on twitter.


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