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Gore Tells Wayne State Crowd Laws Needed To Protect Environment

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore says nations need to enact laws that will force business leaders to limit global climate change. Gore spoke Thursday during a series of meetings examining the future of the Great Lakes held at Wayne State University Gore says if what he calls the climate crisis is not addressed in a substantial way soon the planet will devolve into groups of refugees fleeing increasingly vicious weather and widespread disease. He praised representatives from the U.S. and Canada at the conference for proposing rules that would cut across borders and write ecological safeguards into law. Gore said, “Because you just can’t say to people ‘Okay everybody let’s volunteer to cut down on the amount of phosphorus that’s going into the Great Lakes.’ It doesn’t work that way. This is a test of whether we can use our capacity for long term thinking and then embody it in the rule of law with competent self-government.” Gore says everything necessary to address climate change is already available except the political will to do so. But he says ‘political will’ is also a renewable resource – because voters can send new people to elected office.