(CNN) – Al Gore said the country's environmental policy would be compromised if presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney were to become president in January.
"I would fear for the future of our environmental policy," said Gore of a Romney/Ryan White House in an interview with TakePart, the publishing arm of the company that produced "An Inconvenient Truth," Gore's 2006 documentary about climate change.
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A devoted environmental activist since his own failed presidential bid in 2000, the former vice president's comments don't come as a surprise.
Gore continued: "They've made statements that are just completely at odds with the facts and they seem to be really in lock-step with a large part of the polluters but, just based on their public statements, I would be very concerned about what they do."
While praising President Barack Obama's leadership and progress on some issues, Gore said he "certainly understands criticism" of Obama's environmental policy.
Gore gave the interview on August 21 just two days before Romney announced his five-point energy policy at a campaign event in New Mexico.
Romney has said his energy plan will make the United States energy independent by the year 2020 - which would coincide with the end of a second presidential term, if he is elected.
In promising to wean the country off of foreign oil the Republican candidate touted policies that would create fewer federal regulations. Romney said his plan would also allow for states to have control over oil drilling within their borders as well as opening new offshore areas to energy development; starting a fast-track approval process for energy projects including nuclear power, and limiting the ability of environmental groups to file lawsuits.
In pushing his energy policy Romney criticized Obama's support for renewable energy subsidies, noting companies such as Solyndra, which after receiving government funding has gone bankrupt.
Obama, however, has supported increased oil production while also increasing regulations on offshore drilling and emissions rules on power plants.
Romney and running mate Paul Ryan will be officially nominated as the Republican Party's presidential and vice presidential candidate during this week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
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