Al Gore Pt. 1

  • Aired:  01/30/13
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Al Gore discusses Al Jazeera's purchase of Current TV, and explains how he reconciles his business and activist ventures. (9:17)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES.

HIS NEW BOOK IS CALLED "THE FUTURE." PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM AL GORE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

SIR --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

INTERVIEWER: THANK DID.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: HOW ARE YOU?

>> I AM FINE.

I LOVE THAT OPENING SKIT.

HISS TEAR CALL.

>> Jon: WE PREFER TO THINK OF IT AS SKETCH.

>> SKIT IS FINE.

THE KIDS WILL UNDERSTAND.

THE BOOK IS CALLED "THE FUTURE" BY AND THERE'S YOUR NAME RIGHT THERE.

GIVEN THE SALE OF CURRENT TO THE PEOPLE WHO SOLD IT TO YOU PERHAPS IT'S PRONUNSED ALGORE.

AL JAZEERA.

YOU'VE TAKEN A LOT OF GUFF FOR THAT FOR SELLING TO QATAR.

>> I'M PROUD OF TRANSACTION.

IT'S GOING TO BE A POSITIVE ADDITION TO THE U.S. MEDIA LANDSCAPE.

THEY DO A GREAT JOB.

>> Jon: ARE THEY KEEPING SOME OF THE CURRENT PROGRAMMING?

ARE THEY REPLACING IT WITH OTHER THINGS.

>> THEY ARE KEEPING A LOT OF THE SAME PEOPLE.

THEY HAVE ALL NEWS ALL THE TIME, NO COMMERCIAL BREAKS.

THEY HAVE A TERRIFIC REPUTATION.

THEY'VE EARNED RESPECT.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW WHO ELSE DOES THAT, NO COMMERCIAL BREAKS CINE DLRKS MAX THOUGH THE NEWS

DIVISION IS NOT AS TIGHT.

>> PBS NEWSED TO DO IT WITHOUT COMMERCIAL BREAKS.

>> Jon: BUT ENTER THIS MACARTHUR FOUNDATION CAME N.

QATAR IS -- THEY ARE THE GUY -- YOU ARE POSTER BOY OF SOUNDING THE ALARM OVER GLOBAL WARMING.

HOW HARD IS THAT WHEN YOU SEE MANHATTAN FLOOD DO YOU SIT BACK AND THINK TO YOURSELF LIKE, I

TOLD YOU.

>> NO, NO, NO.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Jon: IS THAT I A DIFFICULT THINK TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND?

>> LOOK, THIS THING IS SO SERIOUS AND SO BEYOND THE TRADITION YAM BOUNDARIES --

TRADITIONAL BOUNDARIES OF WHAT WE'RE USED TO DEALING WITH.

I WISH THE SCIENTISTS WHOSE WISDOM I HAVE DELIVERED TO PEOPLE HAD BEEN WRONG.

THEY WISH THEY HAD BEEN WRONG.

BUT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE DOING IT.

WE'RE PUTTING 90 MILLION TONS OF GLOBAL WARMING POLLUTION EVERY DAY INTO THE ATMOSPHERE AS IF

IT'S AN OPEN SEWER.

IT TRAPS MORE HEAT EVERY DAY THAN -- WELL, THE EQUIST LENT OF -- EQUIVALENT 400,000 HERE

HIROSHIMA BOMBS EVERY DAY ACCORDING TO A SCIENTIST.

THIS IMPACTS ALL THE REST.

WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

AND, YET, YOU KNOW, EARTH INC., IT RELINES FOSSIL ENERGY FOR 85% OF ALL THE ENERGY AND IT WILL

TAKE TIME.

SOLAR ENERGY, WIND ENERGY, EFFICIENCY ARE COMING DOWN IN PRICE RAPIDLY.

A LOT OF COUNTRIES ARE MOVING TOWARDS A CARBON TAX OR CAP AND TRADE OR BOTH.

EVEN CHINA NOW HAS A PILOT.

THEY ARE ANNOUNCING THE PILOT FOR THE NATIONAL PROGRAM IN TWO YEARS.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

THERE'S REASONS FOR OPTIMISM BUT WE HAVE TO GET BUSY ABOUT SOLVING THEM.

>> Jon: THAT'S -- HERE IS THE CONFUSION FOR ME OR THE DIFFICULTY.

WE HAVE TO GET BUSY SOLVING IT.

THERE WERE THINGS YOU COULD DO, TAKE A SHORTER SHOWER, LICK YOUR CHILDREN DRY.

[ LAUGHTER ]

ALL THOSE THINGS YOU COULD DO BUT THE DIFFICULTY OF DOING IT -- THERE ROOM IN -- CAN

MOBILE AL GORE WHO HAS CURRENT TV AND SELLS IT TO QATAR WHICH IS AN OIL-BASED ECONOMY, CAN

MOGUL AL GORE COEXIST WITH ACTIVIST ALL GORE AND IS THAT -- AL GORE AND IS THAT -- IF YOU

COULDN'T FIND FOR YOUR BUSINESS A MORE SUSTAINABLE CHOICE TO SELL TO.

>> I THINK IT IS SUSTAINABLE.

WHAT IS NOT SUSTAINABLE ABOUT IT?

>> Jon: A NONFOSSIL FUEL BASED BUYER?

>> LOOK.

THEY HAVE THE HIGHEST QUALITY, MOST EXTENSIVE BEST CLIMATE COVERAGE OF ANY NETWORK IN THE WORLD.

JEFF GODELL TWEETED TODAY ON WHAT AL JAZEERA IS DOING ON CLIMATE COVERAGE.

THEY ARE VERY, VERY GOOD.

>> Jon: THE BAR IS NOT HIGH.

>> THE BAR IS NOT HIGH.

>> Jon: WE DON'T HAVE CLIMATE CHANGE COVERAGE IN AMERICA.

>> IT'S MAYBE BEGINNING TO CHANGE SINCE SUPERSTORM SANDY.

THINK ABOUT LAST YEAR WE WENT THROUGH THIS LERKS -- ELECTION LEER WHICH HAPPENED TO THE

HOTTEST IN THE COUNTRY.

60% IN DROUGHT.

BIG FIRES IN THE WEST, SUPERSTORM SANDY, $110 BILLION IN CLIMATE RELATED DISASTERS AND

WE HAD ALL THESE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES, NOT ONE SINGLE JOURNALIST IN ANY OF THE DEBATES

ASKED ANY OF THE CANDIDATES A SINGLE QUESTION ABOUT THE CLIMATE CRISIS.

THAT IS PATHETIC.

>> Jon: I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY QUESTION ABOUT THAT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

NO QUESTION.

>> SO HERE YOU HAVE AN AWARD-WINNING NETWORK THAT HAS A ESTABLISHED ITS REPUTATION FOR

EXCELLENCE THAT DOES TERRIFIC CLIMATE COVERAGE.

THEY WANT TO COME IN HERE AND GIVE 24/7 COMMERCIAL FREE OUTSTANDING NEWS REPORTING AND

GIVE COVERAGE TO THE CLIMATE ISSUE, WHY NOT?

>> Jon: THAT I UNDERSTAND.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: YOU ALREADY HAVE.

CURRENT WAS A NEWS ORGANIZATION THAT COULD HAVE ZN DON THAT.

>> WITHOUT -- COULD HAVE DONE THAT.

>> WITHOUT DEEP POCKETS.

BEING AN INDEPENDENT.

I'M PROUD OF MY PARTNER AND I DID.

WE WON AWARDS.

WE WERE COMPETING AS INDEPENDENT WITHOUT DEEP POCKETS.

AS THE COME GLOM RATES WANT TO ADVERTISE TO CONSUMERS THEY DO THAT FOR FREE ACROSS THIS AISLE.

WE HAVE TO PAY PREMIUM DOLLAR.

WE WERE PROFITABLE EVERY YEAR BUT WE GOT TO A POINT WHERE WE COULD NOT KEEP GOING.

WE HAD TO SELL.

THIS ORGANIZATION HAS EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE RESPECTED FOR WHAT IT IS.

AND IN ANY DECISION, JON, YOU HAVE FROZEN -- WHEN I DID THE DILIGENCE.

>> Jon: THIS IS MY POINT THOUGH.

PROS AND CONS.

COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS.

ONE OF MAJOR FACTORS.

>> YES.

>> Jon: WOULD BE I WOULD THINK SUSTAINABILITY.

YOU HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A STATEMENT PROBABLY ABOUT YOUR PRINCIPLES AND SOME PEOPLE WOULD

FEEL, AND FOR ME AS WELL, I THOUGHT IT WAS AN ODD MOVE NOT BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE ORIGINAL

THINGS BUT BECAUSE IT'S BACKED BY FOSSIL FUEL MONEY.

>> I GET IT.

IT WAS AN EASY CHOICE AFTER DOING THE DILIGENCE ON THE NETWORK ITSELF.

>> Jon: CAN YOU SEE HOW PEOPLE AT HOME WOULD THINK -- HE'S ASKING ME TO MAKE CHOICES ABOUT

LIGHT BULBS AND A COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUSTAINABILITY WHEN I JUST WANT

TO SEE MY BOOK.

THAT'S THE ISSUE.

>> THERE'S NOTHING THAT IS UNSUSTAINABLE ABOUT A NETWORK WITH THIS REPUTATION --

>> Jon: IT'S THE BACKERS.

IT'S MORE WHERE IT COMES FROM.

>> THEY ARE A STRONG ALLY OF THE UNITED STATES.

THEY HAVE ANNOUNCED A COMMITMENT TO SHIFT TO REKNUBLE ENERGY.

THERE'S A -- RENEWABLE ENERGY.

THERE'S A VISIONARY PLAN -- YEAH WITH SOLAR AND WIND.

TO BUILD ON THE SOLAR AND WIND RESOURCES IN THAT REGION AND FEED INTO A TRANSCONTINENTAL

NETWORK INTO WESTERN EUROPE.

THERE'S ACTIVITY GOING ON.

THEY ARE ONE OF OUR STRONG -- PROBABLY OUR STRONGEST ALLEY IN THE -- ALLY IN THE ARAB WORLD.

SECRETARY CLINTON SAID AL JAZEERA IS NOT PART OF THE PROBLEM BUT THE SOLUTION.

I'M COMFORTABLE WITH IT.

I COMPLETELY GET THE CRITICISM BUT IT WAS A GOOD CHOICE AND THE NET BENEFIT FOR THE U.S. IS POSITIVE.

>> Jon: IT SHOWS.

THE BOOK TALKS A LOT ABOUT THE SUSTAINABILITY OF CAPITALISM.

CAPITALISM IS BASED IN CONSUMPTION AND VERY DIFFICULT TO REFORM IT EVEN WHILE IT'S

BEING ONE OF THE STAUNCHEST DEFENDERS OF SUSTAINABILITY.

MY POINT WAS ONLY IN HOW COMPLICATED THE TIES ARE.

>> I GET I. IT'S COMPLICATED.

I COMPLETELY BELIEVE IN THIS.

IT'S ABSOLUTELY THE RIGHT CHOICE.

IF I COULD TALK FOR A MOMENT ABOUT SUSTAINABLE CAPITALISM.

>> Jon: WE'RE GOING TO GO TO I BELIEVE BEER AND VIOLENT MOVIES AND THEN WE'LL COME BACK AND

TALK ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY

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