In a highly unusual intervention in British domestic politics, the former US vice president accused the prime minister of u-turning on a series of personal promises he had made five years ago and came close to accusing Cameron of betrayal.
Speaking in London on Tuesday morning, the Democrat said he had heard “whispers” from No.10 Downing Street that Cameron is being blocked from pursuing green policies by others inside the government.
Gore, who became a vocal advocate in favour of tackling climate change since leaving the White House in 2000, also attacked Cameron’s government for expanding fracking and its plans to privatise the Green Investment Bank.
Hitting the podium in frustration, Gore added:
As leader of the Opposition, Cameron famously travelled to Norway to ‘hug a husky’ and demonstrate his environmental credentials. In the run-up to the 2010 election he said he wanted to lead the “greenest government ever”.
However in 2013, as Cameron faced an uphill battle to win reelection, it was reported he had told aides to get rid of the “green crap” and focus on core economic messages.
Gore said today: “I am a student of politics. I hear whispers from No.10 that remind me of palace intrigue of some-sort. Who is the leader? Who makes these decisions? I am comforted by mutual friends of your prime minister that he personally still believes very strongly in this and that he somehow does not really have the ability to take on control of these decisions. I do not believe that.”
The former American vice president was also asked for his opinion on George Osborne. Gore indicated Cameron should be strong enough to overrule his chancellor if it was him that was engineering environmental policy u-turns.
Gore also warned the British government to pay attention to Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, who has warned about over investment in fossil fuels.
“When the leader your of central bank raises questions about the viability of the financial system if they are not steps taken to move away from this over investment in fossil fuels ,I think he is expressing a desire for a healthy economy and to avoid the kind of crash that the sub-prime mortgages caused the credit crisis and great recession. We have sub-prime carbon assets and as a percentage of the economy, they are more here than anywhere else,” he said.
This article was originally published on Huffington Post. Written by Ned Simons