HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher interviewed former Vice President and climate change crusader Al Gore on his show Friday night, where they discussed Gore's new documentary on climate change.
"An Inconvenient Sequel" is Gore's follow-up to his world-famous "An Inconvenient Truth" that hit theaters in 2006. The original movie made bold predictions about the alleged effects humans have had in causing "global warming" — most of which never happened. The sequel is a follow-up in light of those predictions and President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change.
One of the of effects that climate change alarmists most-often cite when warning about global warming is melting sea ice and rising sea levels, which they say can rewrite maps across the world after low-lying areas are swallowed by the rising seas.
That's the claim that Maher honed in on for his mocking.
"When the sea levels rise, we could lose Venice, we could lose Florida," Maher stated. "And who would know better about losing Florida?"
The remark seemed to catch Gore off-guard. He appeared to laugh slightly as the crowd clapped but looked very uncomfortable.
"Actually, I think I carried Floria," Gore finally said with a serious face.
In response, Maher clapped condescendingly and said, "That's right, OK, there you go," before adding "I think you do did too."
"When the sea levels rise, we could lose Venice, we could lose Florida. And who would know better about losing Florida?" #BeInconvenientpic.twitter.com/WwaAkVK3i7— Real Time (@RealTimers) August 5, 2017
Maher's comment was a huge snub at Gore because if it weren't for Florida, Gore may have been elected president in 2000 instead of George W. Bush. Instead, "hanging chads," a Supreme Court decision and more than a dozen legal maneuvers gave Florida and the 2000 presidential election to Bush, who would later go on to serve two terms in the White House.
Later in the interview, Gore called on the constitutionally established Electoral College to be abolished, citing his presidential loss and Hillary Clinton's presidential loss last year. Both candidates earned more votes than their opponent in the popular vote, yet lost the election because they didn't secure 270 votes in the Electoral College.
Electoral College votes are allotted based on proportional state population, just as with congressional seats in the House. It's done this way so that smaller states have a voice in the presidential election. Without the Electoral College, liberal urban areas would likely decide the White House every four years since those areas have the highest population density.