The United States is emerging from a "bubble of unreality" about the problem of global warming, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore told reporters Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival.
Gore was in Cannes to promote the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," which chronicles his crusade to bring the dangers of climate change to greater attention.
At a news conference, a reporter asked Gore whether he despaired about the United States being slower to realize the gravity of the problem than many other countries.
"I think that up until fairly recently the United States has been in a bubble of unreality where global warming is concerned," he said.
"I do believe that the people of the country are way ahead of the politicians in the country," Gore said before the Cannes premiere of the film, which debuted at last winter's Sundance Film Festival and opens in U.S. theaters Wednesday.
"I even believe there is a chance that within the next two years, even (U.S. President George W.) Bush and (Vice President) Dick Cheney will be forced to change their position on this crisis," he said. "One can only attempt to create one's own reality for so long. Reality proper has a way of insisting itself upon you," reports AP.
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