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Bill Maher to Al Gore: We’re the only developed country with a major party that thinks climate change is a hoax

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Former Vice President Al Gore appears on 'All In' on Sept. 29, 2015. [MSNBC]

Comedian Bill Maher returned to HBO with Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night and interviewed former Vice President Al Gore about the environment.

Maher pointed out that Gore, though he had been the butt of many a Republican joke, was right about climate change very early on.

“You were ahead on so many things, not just climate change, which is the issue of our time and you are the leading voice,” Maher said.

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Gore said he hoped that the climate summit in Paris last year was a turning point, and said that the cost of producing solar power has come down enough so that it’s cheaper than burning coal.

“The more we expand solar energy, the faster the price comes down,” Gore said. “We’re very close to the point where it’s not going to be economical to burn fossil fuels for electricity any more. Wind is also coming down in cost.”

Maher then pointed out that the United States is alone in the world by having a major political party that calls climate change a hoax.

“The reason that is, is because we’re the most religious country of the modern countries,” Maher said. “And religious people don’t think global warming is a problem. They think the world is going to end.”

Gore disagreed and pointed out that Pope Francis has made an agenda out of addressing climate change.

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Watch the exchange, as posted to YouTube, here:


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Stop trying to convince people you’re right — it will never persuade anyone: expert

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MSNBC host Joshua Johnson noted that this year has been full of strife, with Americans having a lot to stand up about. Whether the slaying of unarmed Black men and police brutality, or healthcare, and the coronavirus, Americans are lining up to protest.

Johnson asked if people try to start tough conversations, how do they keep it productive, and when it's time to give up. In her book, We Need to Talk, Celest Headlee explains tools that people can use to have productive conversations about tough issues that help move the needle.

"Keep in mind that a protest isn't a conversation, right?" she first began. "That's a different kind of communication. The first thing is that our goal in conversations is not always a productive one. In other words, oftentimes, we go into these conversations hoping to change somebody's mind or convince them that they are wrong. You're just never going to accomplish that. There's no evidence. We haven't been able to -- through years and years of research we haven't been able to find evidence that over a conversation somebody said, 'You're right, I was completely wrong.' You've convinced me. So, we have to stop trying to do that. We have to find a new purpose for those conversations."

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Trump’s Fox News interview turns into therapy session as he rants about bad coverage on the network

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President Donald Trump took his fight against Fox News to the network itself during a Sunday interview with Mark Levin.

The wide-ranging interview meandered from the California wildfires to an attack on Chicago that then became a complaint about Afghanistan and more. But at one point Trump turned to lash out at Fox News on the network itself.

"The Washington Post is a disaster," Trump began. "You can't get a good story. It's disgusting. And then you go to ABC. NBC is probably the worst of all. Concast. I call it Concast. Not Comcast. It's a con-job because they always try and protect their name like how legitimate they are. NBC is horrible. CBS is a disaster. Then you go into the real beauties MSDNC as we call it. And, of course, CNN. But at least CNN you know where they're coming from. You know they're stone-cold dishonest. At least you know that. So, it's a sad thing. It's a very sad thing. Fortunately, local press is extremely good. I get great local."

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Trump doubles down on ‘exploding trees’ being the real cause of California wildfires — not heat or drought

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President Donald Trump doubled down on his "explosive tree" idea as the cause of the California wildfires.

Speaking to Fox News host Mark Levin, Trump explained that trees apparently explode, but trees in other countries are far worse than U.S. trees.

"I meet with foreign leaders of countries, and they have an expression, 'Sir, we are a forest nation.' But they say, 'we have trees that are far more explosive than the trees in California. We don't understand how a thing like that can happen. You have to manage your forest," said Trump.

It's a similar claim that Trump made while in California last week, claiming that the drought, heatwave and global climate change wasn't the cause.

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