Al Gore Says U.S. States May Force Change in Climate Policy

Environmentalists and scientists including James Hansen, the government's top climate researcher, say action must be taken before climate change causes irreversible damage to ecosystems and economies around the globe.

Published: 16-Jan-2007

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said many businesses and state governments "embrace" the aims of the Kyoto Protocol, which may force President George W. Bush to alter his opposition to the effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

"Even though the national policy in the U.S. has not yet changed, many state governments have now embraced the goals of the Kyoto Protocol," Gore said at a speech to Japanese business leaders in Tokyo today. "One remaining step to change U.S. policy, and in the process, change the posture of the world, is solidifying this change in the U.S. business community."

Gore is visiting Japan to promote his film "An Inconvenient Truth," a documentary on global warming that calls for action to reduce carbon dioxide output. The film had the third-highest gross sales on record for a documentary in the U.S.

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