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Oh boy...This is the million dollar shot, Al.
This is my grandson, little Joe,
and this is at the reception for my second swearing-in.
And now I have three of these,
grandchildren. And I don't want them
in 50 years saying, "Grandpa
you knew about climate change.
You were a United States Senator.
Why didn't you do anything?"
"And also, why are you still alive?"
Because I would be 116.
Well, my son says that to me now.
I saw that show that you did.
I saw that show that you did.
Years of Living Dangerously,
that was such a great show.
And, you know what struck me in that show,
is that you appeared
to be so stupid
in it.
Maybe they can even show a clip from it here.
What is that?
Those are electricity wires.
Electricity is going through there now?
Right now, yeah.
One snarl is worse than the next.
This infrastructure has not been upgraded
for a very, very long time.
Right, so about 30 percent of what we are generating
is getting lost in transmission,
so when we lose the electricity
in the transmission,
we are having to burn more coal
for the same amount of electricity.
And that affects the climate?
That affects the climate.
I would imagine, it's a long flight to India, isn't it?
Sixteen hours.
Couldn't you have just read
what they're doing over there in India
and not have to act like you didn't know it?
I think in this rare circumstance
ignorance was actually a benefit.
But I think that's been
something of your persona,
throughout your career.
You're being generous.
I think it's in the DNA.
No, I think that everyone sees you-
As dumb.
Well, as an everyman
who's inquiring.
Let me tell you something,
you get off the plane in India,
Indira Gandhi International Airport,
number one airport in the world two years in a row,
and you have the flight crew
screaming at you,
"don't drink the water, don't drink the water."
And, you get out of the airport
and it smells like people are burning furniture.
More polluted than Beijing,
and they expect to have
.6 billion people
in India, soon.
And they're trying to electrify
three hundred million homes.
And they're going to do that
at a rate of 7,000 homes a day.
Now think about calling your cable guy,
well it's a whole different deal.
Such a crazy quilt of an experience.
One of the things that I was profoundly affected by
was your visit to the
remote village.
These kids studying in these mud huts
by the kerosene lanterns,
and this woman, the matron of the family,
put all three of her kids through high school
and two in college, one getting a graduate degree.
But, the kerosene lantern
stunts the growth of these kids.
How heartbreaking is that?
There's a lot of heartbreak in all of this.
That's why I do my job.
The whole point of my job
is to improve people's lives.
I have such great admiration for you,
to have had such a
wonderfully successful career
in a diametrically opposite field.
Although helping people through comedy
and entertainment is certainly valuable.
I was a satirist,
you see,
and you a clown.
And so there's a difference, you confuse that.
I'm just saying, you are to me,
well I love you.
I'll just finish that way.
Well, I think what's important about my feelings
toward you, I do love you,
but America loves you, and misses you.
No they don't.
You'd be surprised.
I am constantly looking
for a version of your life,
where what I do beyond
is truly meaningful.
You can't have people coming and saying,
"I want to have the same impact as an Al Franken."
It's an impossible standard for people.
India now, they have coal,
and it's lousy coal, I think it's igneous.
I may have just made that up,
but they have lousy coal.
I need my smartphone so I can look up "igneous."
You're calling me out on igneous?