Climate change will be a key issue in the upcoming elections, and environmentalism is one of the clearest points of difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
In an effort to court Millennial voters – a generation that tends to be more concerned about the environment than other demographics – Hillary Clinton has enlisted the help of the biggest global warming nut she could find: Al Gore.
Speaking as a Millennial, I can say that a large percentage of my age group holds little love for the former Vice President. Most of us know Al Gore only for his climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” or as the man who “invented the Internet.”
Al Gore and Hillary Clinton have an uncomfortable history, but it seems Gore is willing to put that aside in order to defeat Donald Trump. The former Vice President waited until the DNC convention in July (which he did not attend) to endorse Clinton, but is now firmly in her clutches:
“Given her qualifications and experience and given the significant challenges facing our nation and the world, including, especially, the global climate crisis, I encourage everyone else to do the same.”
Of course Al Gore will focus on his favorite topic (global warming) during talks with Millennial voters, but he also plans to stress the fact that a vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson is really just a vote for Donald Trump (who of course will make global warming worse with his love of coal, etc.).
“The decision by Gore to plunge into the campaign during the final weeks shows the extent to which Democrats remain concerned that Clinton has yet to connect with many Millennials, some of whom are backing third-party candidates this year,” writes Washington Post journalist Juliet Eilperin.
“The former Vice President, a climate activist, will speak about not just Clinton’s plan to address global warming, but also the idea that voting for an independent presidential candidate could deliver the White House to Republicans in the same way that Ralph Nader’s candidacy helped undermine his presidential bid in 2000.”