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Robert Redford and Al Gore chastise Obama for not taking action on climate change

Al GoreTwo prominent liberals are criticizing President Obama, not because of the recent scandals, but because he’s not doing enough to save the environment.

On Tuesday, both actor Robert Redford and former presidential candidate Al Gore urged Obama to follow up on a second-term promise and take action on climate change.

In an op-ed in USA TodayRedford wrote that recognizing the “need to combat climate change” wasn’t enough and called on the President to finally take action for the “sake of our children.”

“Clearly, the president understands the climate issue,” Redford wrote. “But he owes more to future generations than his intellectual acknowledgement about the hardships they will face if nothing is done to address it.”

Gore also touched on the issue during a Google+ video chat on Tuesday, arguing that Obama hasn’t followed up on his promise to take this environmental issue seriously during his second term.

Both Redford and Gore commended Obama’s State of the Union speech, when he addressed global warming as a growing problem, but attacked the POTUS for being too slow to action.

“He does not yet have a team in the White House to help him implement solutions to the climate crisis,” Gore said during the hangout. ”He hasn’t staffed up for it. He’s got one person who hasn’t been given that much authority.”

Redford also expressed his disappointment in the President’s second term and claimed preventing the threat of climate change is “what the presidency is for.”

“Now we need him to tell us how he will fulfill that responsibility, to show the leadership he is capable of, to move beyond intellectual acknowledgment of the problem toward measurable steps that solve the environmental challenge of our time,” Redford wrote.

Watch Gore’s Google+ hangout below:

 

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