GORE, CAMPAIGNING FOR CLINTON, SEES GLOBAL WARMING BEHIND HURRICANE MATTHEW

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12 october 2016

Clinton: 'I can't wait to have Al Gore advising me' in White House

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter. Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Former Vice President Al Gore campaigned yesterday with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in storm-battered Florida, where they linked Hurricane Matthew to climate change. Photo courtesy of AP Images.

Al Gore sought to buttress Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's candidacy yesterday by describing her as an environmental champion who can safely steer the world away from a dangerous climate cliff that threatens to fuel storms and handicap the economy.

The former vice president's appearance at the side of Clinton in Miami marked an effort by the campaign to energize younger voters to avoid the kind of razor-thin loss that Gore experienced in Florida 16 years ago, an outcome that tipped the election into the hands of President George W. Bush.

"The choice in this election is extremely clear," Gore said. "Hillary Clinton will make solving the climate crisis a top national priority. Very important. Her opponent, based on the ideas that he has presented, would take us toward a climate catastrophe."

Then Gore added, "Your vote really, really counts a lot."

The rally at Miami Dade College provided an unusual focus on climate change exactly four weeks ahead of the election. It also came days after Hurricane Matthew lumbered along Florida's coastline and into the Carolinas, where it caused major flooding and killed 26 people. Both Clinton and Gore blamed climate change for exacerbating the damage, an assertion that scientists mostly agreed with.

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