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.
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.
Watch the exchange, as posted to YouTube, here:
Michael Bloomberg ‘lost everything’ in Las Vegas: MSNBC analyst
Senior editor for "The Root," Jason Johnson, concluded that the biggest loser of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas Wednesday was Michael Bloomberg, but not merely because of his debate performance.
"The big new name was going to be Michael Bloomberg," he said. "This was probably the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything. This guy has spent $320 million. He had the opportunity to stand on stage, and appear to be an equal, and he looked bored. He looked disenchanted. He stumbled over obvious questions that anybody would have anticipated about sexual harassment and stop and frisk. I thought it was a bad night for him."
Pro-immigration protesters interrupt Joe Biden’s closing statement at debate
Former Vice President Joe Biden's closing statement was interrupted by protesters at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.
As Biden began his remarks, demonstrators began shouting about the Obama administration's record on deportations.
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Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden eviscerate Bloomberg on his nondisclosure agreements with women over harassment
Women who have worked for Michael Bloomberg's companies have had nondisclosure agreements that bar then from discussing the complaints they had against either Bloomberg himself or male employees of his companies. During the debate, the former New York City mayor was hammered for refusing to allow those women out of the NDAs.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted him first, demanding to know the number of women that signed NDAs and how many of them have been released. Bloomberg dodged the inquiry, but Warren refused to let him escape.
"How many is that?" she asked.
"Let me finish," he snapped.