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SAYING CLIMATE CRISIS AND THE VIRUS “LINKED” POLLUTION MAKES PRECONDITIONS WORSE
Former Vice President Al Gore (D) said Monday that the climate crisis and issues surrounding environmental injustice are linked with the coronavirus pandemic.
“This climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic are linked in some ways,” Gore said on MSNBC.
“The preconditions that raise the death rate from COVID-19, a great many of them, are accentuated, made worse by the fossil fuel pollution.”
Emerging statistics have illustrated that the coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on communities of color.
Gore said the crisis has “exposed some longstanding weaknesses” in the country.
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For example, Gore noted the death rate, before the pandemic, among black children from asthma was much worst than for which children with asthma.
According to the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services, in 2015 African American children with asthma had a death rate 10 times that of non-Hispanic white children.
And black children are four times as more likely to be admitted to the hospital for asthma as compared to non-Hispanic white children.
Gore said environmental injustice is just one factor, in addition to inadequate access to healthcare and unequal economics, that leads to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and other health issues.
Communities of color have had “a legacy of being deprived of the same political and economic power to defend themselves” they’re more likely to be in polluted areas.
Such as “downwind from the smokestacks” or “downstream from the hazardous waste flows,” Gore said.
“This is now being manifested in these horrendous death rates,” he said.
Gore also criticized President Trump‘s handling of the crisis.
“He ignored the science as he has done with the climate crisis, as well,” Gore said.
“He has engaged in a kind of magical thinking. He’s pushed dangerous and potentially deadly snake oil type remedies.”
Gore urged Americans to push aside partisanship when thinking about the November election.
“I hope that a lot of people will put the country first and try, even in this time of extreme partisanship, to try and set that aside and look at what is at stake here,” Gore said.
“I mean seriously we are really in trouble with the kind of performance in the Oval Office we’ve had.
We’ve got to change that … I know that sounds partisan but it’s more than that, it’s way more than that.”
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