Interview with Bill Gates; Interview with Al Gore - Utility Products Magazine
GORE: Well, some climate change is already happening and will continue to happen. The physics of the problem are quite challenging. We put, well, 85 percent of the energy used by Earth, inc., it comes from fossil fuels. And the combustion of those fuels results in us putting 90 million tons of heat-trapping pollution into the atmosphere every day, as if it's an open sewer. And it does obey the laws of physics. It traps enough extra energy every day to equal the amount in 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs. And that's what's evaporating much more water off the oceans and filling the sky with a lot more water vapor and these great basins of water vapor in the sky are now filled or overflowing. And so, you get the kind of downpours in my home city of Nashville where thousands of my neighbors lost their homes and businesses, had no flood insurance because it was a so-called once in a 1,000-year event.
Yesterday in Australia 2.5 feet of rain fell in Queensland.
GORE: Don't give up hope. First of all, we cannot afford that. We have to respond. The future of our civilization is at risk. It - half the North Polar ice cap has disappeared. Look at Superstorm Sandy here. Look at the 60 percent of the U.S. in drought. Last year the hottest year in U.S. history. We have to stop this. We have to arrest it.