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Al Gore Endorses Biden Presidency on Earth Day but Is Criticized by Michael Moore

Former vice president and climate change activist Al Gore endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for president during an Earth Day campaign event on April 22. The same day, Gores work in championing the multibillion dollar wind and solar energy industry met with criticism from Oscar-winning film-maker Michael Moore in his provocative new film “Planet of the Humans.”

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— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) April 21, 2020

Gores endorsement comes as former Vice President Biden seeks credibility with voters as he tries to unify Democrats ahead of the Nov. 3 election against Republican President Donald Trump.

“I am so proud to endorse your candidacy, Joe,” Gore said. “Your election is absolutely crucial, Joe, and I want to do everything I can to convince everybody that cares about the climate crisis, particularly those people, that this is a no-brainer.”

Gore, who endorsed Hillary Clintons presidential campaign in 2016, served as the vice president to former President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001 and became known for his activism on climate change after he lost a bitterly contested close-call election for president against George W. Bush in 2000. He went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize together with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007.

However, Moore and veteran environmentalist Jeff Gibbs, who wrote, directed, and narrated “Planet of the Humans,” which they released to YouTube on Earth Day, took a shot at Gore over his support of renewable energy in the form of solar, wind, and biomass.

Gibbs argues in the film, which has been viewed almost 3 million times, that replacing fossil fuels with these technologies is not only unrealistic but damaging both to the environment and carbon emissions targets, given the carbon-intensive industrial processes crucial for the production of green energy.

    

The film has stirred much debate and controversy, with anti-fracking filmmaker Josh Fox calling for an apology and “immediate retraction” of the documentary, and environmental policy writer Michael Shellenberger voicing his support for the films “honest” exploration of the renewable energy industry.

Bidens Carbon Emissions Plan

Biden, who is the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, said as the country contends with the CCP virus outbreak and resulting economic downturn, jobs in so-called “clean energy” could drive economic recovery.

Green jobs “can be the very thing that helps us get through this existential threat to our economy,” Biden said on a podcast.

Biden has called for spending $1.7 trillion over a decade on electric car charging stations, high-speed railroads, renewable energy research, and other infrastructure that could limit the predicted impacts of models that indicate climate change. His policy plan, dubbed the “Clean Energy Revolution,” wants to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

In mid-April, as Democrats were eager to project unity heading into the race against Trump, Biden received a string of high-profile endorsements from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), SenRead More From Source