Shortly after the Trump Administration announced that it will pulling America from the Paris Agreement, former Vice President Al Gore released a statement to the press. Gore is on the road, currently promoting the follow-up film “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” The directors of that film also released a statement today, condemning the unpopular decision to leave the agreement.
“Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action. It undermines America’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time. But make no mistake: if President Trump won’t lead, the American people will.”
Gore continued, “Civic leaders, mayors, governors, CEOs, investors and the majority of the business community will take up this challenge. We are in the middle of a clean energy revolution that no single person or group can stop. President Trump’s decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president; but no matter what he does, we will ensure that our inevitable transition to a clean energy economy continues.”
Directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk also commented on Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement adding ,”We were shocked and disappointed to hear President Trump’s announcement today regarding withdrawing the U.S. from the historic international deal reached in Paris. In our new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power we filmed behind-the-scenes in Paris to show the hard work, finesse, and passion that went into making the agreement happen.” The joint-statement continued, “We hope that the hard work of those who made the deal happen will not be in vain. The good news is that there is a great deal to be hopeful about. The technology exists to create enough clean energy for the world economy and to avoid total climate catastrophe. Now that President Trump is pledging to do less to keep America’s commitment to the world, we must all step up to do more to ensure the health of our planet.”
The film itself is set to hit theaters in July 28, and will release almost a decade after the original. The follow-up shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his fight while traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public.