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Al Gore Says the World Has Crossed a Threshold on Renewable Energy

The former vice president was one of the speakers at Bloomberg Green’s live event, ‘The Time Is Now.’

Solar panels at a solar plant on Geogeum Island in Goheung, South Korea.

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Former Vice President Al Gore told the audience at Bloomberg Green’s virtual live event, “The Time Is Now,” that he’s encouraged by the fact that so many economic stimulus plans across the globe are focused on carbon reduction. It shows, he said, that the world has crossed a threshold “beyond which it is ever clearer that sustainable technologies are cheaper and better.”

Gore spoke in the closing session of the conference, which also featured Microsoft Chief Sustainability Officer Lucas Joppa, Roosevelt Institute Director of Climate Policy Rhiana Gunn-Wright, and famed climate economist Nicholas Stern. All the guests addressed the challenges created by Covid-19, but also the opportunity it represents as a potential turning point for the global effort to fight climate change.