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At COP27 climate summit, Al Gore urges leaders to ‘choose life over death’

Former US vice president Al Gore speaks during a conversation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Former US vice president Al Gore speaks during a conversation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — Former US vice president Al Gore makes an impassioned call for leaders to “choose life over death” by ending the use of fossil fuels that are stoking climate change.

Gore, a long-time environmental campaigner who was among the first to raise the alarm about climate change, tells leaders at this year’s UN climate summit in Egypt that they should turn away from destructive behavior, insisting that “we have other choices” in the form of renewable energy.

“We need to obey the first law of holes,” he says. “When you’re in one, stop digging.”

Gore calls for massive amounts of private capital to be unlocked in order to fund the transition to clean energy, saying this would provide the trillions, not billions, needed.

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