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‘China could surprise the world’: Al Gore

In an interview broadcast on Monday (Oct. 4) on the Reuters Impact conference, Gore said he is hopeful that China and the United States will set aside differences and work together on climate talks, after Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a statement last month. new promises to stop investing in overseas coal-fired power plants. Gore also said he was hopeful about recent actions by corporate groups such as the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative, a group of investors with $43 trillion in assets that have joined a goal to reduce greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050. But he called for efforts by fossil fuel companies that “push absolutely false information to try to mislead people into thinking that the climate crisis isn’t real or not that bad, or that they have solutions within their reach.” He criticized announcements by the American energy company Chevron about expanding the capacity of renewable natural gas, or gas extracted from landfills and from agricultural waste. “That’s ridiculous. There’s no such thing,” Gore said of so-called renewable natural gas.

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