Al Gore talks climate change, Koch brothers, and being hated for his environmental activism with Politico Magazine.

Al Gore talks climate change, Koch brothers, and being hated for his environmental activism with Politico Magazine.

THE WEEK of Earth Day, Politico Magazine sat down with climate change pioneer Al Gore.

The whole interview is terrific, but wanted to highlight this particular section for obvious reasons. Another example of Republicans not being part of the solutions required for the 21st century, because of their right-wing base that’s simply ignorant and proud of it.

PM: Sen. John McCain supported cap and trade but backed away from it when President Obama was elected. He had his primary that he was thinking about in 2010.

AG: Hello! The Koch brothers and the others who operate the way they do have worked overtime to put fear in the hearts of Republicans that if they as much as breathe a favorable breath about solving the climate crisis they’re going to get a well-financed primary opponent. And so they’re all running scared. And this is part of the hacking of American democracy. Money. Big money has paralyzed American democracy to a shocking extent. Now it can change. And it will change.

PM: Will it take a Republican in the White House ““ a Jeb Bush or Chris Christie ““ to make it easier for the party to work on climate change?

AG: I don’t know that any Republican who is in favor of solving the climate crisis can get the nomination.