Most Americans have already concluded that Congress failed misrabley during the government shutdown, and that includes Al Gore who had a few choice words for Washington on Tuesday night's 'TakePart Live.'
The Nobel Laureate and former Vice President dropped by to discuss this third annual 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon with cohosts Cara Santa Maria and Jacob Soboroff.
"The problem is with us here and now, and it's not as if it's easy to fix -- it's hard," Gore warned on the show. "The longer we wait, the harder it will be to solve. We're going to win, we're going to fix this, but we're in a race and we need to fix it before the problem gets so big that the damage will be more than we can take."
Gore drew parallels between young Americans who took up John F. Kennedy's challenge to set foot on the moon and today's young Americans rallying for immediate action on global warming.
"[Young people] want us to start fixing this now, not to wait decades," he added.
When Cara asked him about the government shutdown effectively cancelling the entire Antarctic research program, the Oscar winner for "An Inconvenient Truth" first laughed before calling Congress "pathetic," adding that the government had been hacked by special interests.
Previously on 'TakePart Live'