Al Gore praises Obama's pollution cuts proposal

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Associated Press

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 2 at 12:06 PM

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore is praising the Obama administration's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants over the next 15 years.

Gore, a leading advocate on climate issues, spoke Monday in New Jersey at Princeton University's Class Day, a mostly whimsical celebration the day before the Ivy League school's commencement ceremony.

He tells students that the proposed rule that would require power plants to reduce their emissions nearly a third is significant because it establishes the "moral authority" of the U.S. on climate change issues.

Gore, who has been mocked as dull, joked that he fit right in with a list of past Class Day speakers including Bill Cosby, John Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

He was selected for his role in making climate change a mainstream issue.

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