Al Gore discusses climate change during visit to Iowa

Former vice president Al Gore visited Cedar Rapids on Tuesday. (openDemocrary/Flickr)
Former vice president Al Gore visited Cedar Rapids on Tuesday. (openDemocrary/Flickr)

Nick Fetty | May 7, 2015

Former vice president Al Gore said Iowa’s role as the first in the nation caucus could serve as a platform to address climate change at the national level during his stop in Cedar Rapids earlier this week.

“It’s hard to miss the importance of a state that is simultaneously the first contest in the presidential contest and the number one producer of wind electricity in the country with a fast-growing solar economy also,” Gore told The Des Moines Register. “You put those two things together and I think Iowa has a tremendous potential for pushing this onto the agenda of (presidential) candidates in both parties.”

Gore’s visit to Cedar Rapids on Tuesday was a part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, a four city tour sponsored by The Climate Reality Program (launched by Gore in 2011 to promote awareness about climate change) which also includes stops in Miami, Toronto, and New Delhi. This mini tour is part of a series of events leading up to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting scheduled to take place this December in Paris.

Cedar Rapids was chosen as a stop on the tour not just because of Iowa’s impact on the upcoming election cycle but also its role as a renewable energy leader and major food producer. Gore and other officials with the project educated Iowans about the effects of climate change and how the Hawkeye State will be affected unless action is taken.

The  three-day conference ends today.

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