Black Activists Criticize Al Gore for Comparing Climate Change to Slavery


Former Vice President Al Gore’s suggestion that the climate change movement is akin to the campaign against slavery is "truly rich" considering his family history with segregation, a black activist group said Friday.

Black Activists Criticize Al Gore for Comparing Climate
    Change to Slavery

Horace Cooper, a former assistant law professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, criticized Gore for appropriating the moral fight to end slavery to lend credibility to the push against global warming.

"When Al Gore, Jr. associates these moral movements of history with one grounded in questionable data, he gives climate change activists unearned moral credibility they haven’t earned and don’t deserve," Cooper wrote in a press statement.

He was referring to comments Gore made comparing the environmental movement to the civil rights push in the 1960s. Cooper is the co-chairman of Project 21, an initiative within the Conservative Black Leadership.

Reducing the Earth’s temperature and beating back the fossil fuel industry is on par with other “great moral causes” that have improved humanity, Gore told an audience at the EcoCity World Summit in Australia. Gore used slavery and South African apartheid to illustrate his point.

He is in Australia promoting "An Inconvenient Sequel", the follow up to Gore’s 2006 "An Inconvenient Truth". The event was closed to the press, according to Marc Morano, a climate change skeptic and frequent critic of Gore’s climate crusade who attended the speech. Morano said he recorded Gore’s remarks.

Cooper also suggested that Gore’s father’s general support for segregation makes the former vice president’s comments inappropriate. Al Gore Sr. voted against several important civil rights initiatives during the 1960s, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He did support the Voting Rights Act of 1965, however.

Other activists within Cooper’s group weighed in on Gore’s remarks as well. Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington, for instance, suggested Friday that Gore’s comments were baffling.

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Source: Daily Caller

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