Gore Thanks NBC’s Roker for ‘Long-Time Attention to Climate Crisis’

During an appearance on Tuesday’s Today show in the 9:00 a.m. ET hour, former Vice President Al Gore praised NBC weatherman Al Roker for giving “long-time attention to the climate crisis” and “connecting the dots” on the issue. Gore appeared on the morning show while simultaneously taking part in a 24-hour livestream event to raise awareness about the favorite liberal agenda item.

“So right now, former Vice President Al Gore is in the middle of a livestream event to raise awareness about climate change. It’s called 24 Hours of Reality: Protect Our Planet, Protect Our Health,” Roker promoted as he welcomed Gore to the program. Moments later, Roker praised the Democrat’s activism: “Now, you’re in this livestream, dealing with reality. It’s a reality show, if you will, about climate change, about what we can do on this planet.”

 

 

Gore eagerly touted how the online webcast was “in 800 million homes and more than 50 million online viewers thus far.” He gushed over how the “numbers went up during these few minutes” on the Today show and hailed Roker for pushing the topic: “So thank you, Al, for your long-time attention to the climate crisis, seriously. You have been one of the meteorologists who’s led the way in connecting the dots.” Roker happily replied: “It was our honor.”

As NewsBusters has documented, Roker and the Today show have spent years providing a platform for the environmentalist cause:

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On Tuesday, Roker’s fellow co-host Craig Melvin asked Gore: “Mr. Vice President, are you at all heartened by where we are right now in this country, in terms of at least awareness about climate change and the causes of climate change, the effects of climate change?” The climate crusader fretted:

Well, the problem is still getting worse at a rate faster than we’re developing and implementing the solutions. But there is an awakening to this crisis. And mother nature deserves the credit for it because when you think about the unprecedented and catastrophic deadly fires in California, the hurricanes in North Carolina, and Hurricane Harvey last year in Houston that dumped five feet of rain, every night on television news is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation. And people are connecting the dots and seeing this.

Gore pleaded: “This is a global emergency. And people don’t like to hear a phrases like that. But that’s truly what it is. And we have got to recognize it. We have the solutions, we need the policies to implement them.”

One thing missing from the friendly segment was any discussion of the riots across Paris in the wake of fuel taxes being raised to combat climate change.

Roker wrapped up the interview: “Alright, Mr. Vice President, thank you so much. Good luck, continue in stamina, continuing for the next 24 hours. We really appreciate it.” He urged viewers to go to Today.com to “find more information about the livestream.”

It’s remarkable how unabashed the media can be when it comes to promoting the pet issues of liberal politicians.

Here is a full transcript of the December 4 segment:

9:06 AM ET

AL ROKER: So right now, former Vice President Al Gore is in the middle of a livestream event to raise awareness about climate change. It’s called 24 Hours of Reality: Protect Our Planet, Protect Our Health. Vice President Gore is being joined by a long list of celebrities to help fill the time and get the message out. We want to welcome Vice President Gore to our broadcast. Mr. Vice President, it’s good to see you.

SHEINELLE JONES: Good morning.

AL GORE: Good morning.

ROKER: It’s good to see you, good morning.

GORE: Hey, Al.

ROKER: And we’re being livestreamed at the same time as your broadcast. So, we have a little bit of a delay. But I just wanted to – before we got into 24 Hours of Reality, you have a unique perspective, being a former vice president, your thoughts on President Bush and what he meant to this country?

GORE: Yeah, he left a legacy of extraordinary integrity and grace in his service. And I remember his personal kindness. I was impressed by his intense love of our country. I remember when I gave my second and final concession speech in 2000, I was in the Secret Service car going back to the vice president’s residence and it was President George H.W. Bush calling me on the telephone. And he was overcome with emotion and he said the kindest things. It was really a touching call.

And, please, I will be at the National Cathedral tomorrow morning after this broadcast tonight. I'll get on a United red-eye and be there. Please convey my personal condolences to the member of your Today show family, Jenna Hager Bush, along with the rest of the family.

ROKER: We will. Well, thank you so much. Now, you’re in this livestream, dealing with reality. It’s a reality show, if you will, about climate change, about what we can do on this planet. And during President Bush’s administration, it kind of laid the groundwork for the reports that now give us, every four years, a look – a snapshot of this planet’s health. So there is an indebtedness we have to him, as far as the environment.

GORE: Yes, I was with former President Bush in Rio de Janeiro at the original Earth Summit in 1992, which was the agreement that laid the groundwork for all the meetings that led to the Paris agreement and the meeting that is beginning this week in Poland.

And this livestream, by the way, is also broadcast on networks around the world in 180 countries. We’re in 800 million homes and more than 50 million online viewers thus far. We’re gonna have a lot of those. Of course, our numbers went up during these few minutes. So thank you, Al, for your long-time attention to the climate crisis, seriously. You have been one of the meteorologists who’s led the way in connecting the dots. And thank you for that.

ROKER: It was our honor.

CRAIG MELVIN: Mr. Vice President, are you at all heartened by where we are right now in this country, in terms of at least awareness about climate change and the causes of climate change, the effects of climate change?

GORE: Well, the problem is still getting worse at a rate faster than we’re developing and implementing the solutions. But there is an awakening to this crisis. And mother nature deserves the credit for it because when you think about the unprecedented and catastrophic deadly fires in California, the hurricanes in North Carolina, and Hurricane Harvey last year in Houston that dumped five feet of rain, every night on television news is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation. And people are connecting the dots and seeing this.

And of course, the National Climate Assessment came out two weeks ago, in the wake of the international report of the intergovernmental panel on climate change. And just last week, climate and health, which is the theme of our 24 Hours of Reality broadcast, we go to each of the 24 time zones all around the world and we’ll come back to the U.S. tonight, your time, 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 P.M., on the East Coast.

And so, you know, to answer your question, the problem is still getting worse. This is a global emergency. And people don’t like to hear a phrases like that. But that’s truly what it is. And we have got to recognize it. We have the solutions, we need the policies to implement them.

ROKER: Alright, Mr. Vice President, thank you so much. Good luck, continue in stamina, continuing for the next 24 hours. We really appreciate it.

And you can find more information about the livestream on our website at Today.com.

MELVIN: Looks great for a guy who’s been up all night, right?

WILLIE GEIST: Yeah, he does.


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