Former Vice President Al Gore praised China for banning new coal plants and implementing cap-and-trade in certain areas of the country.

Gore made the comments during his Reddit “Ask Me Anything" on Wednesday while responding to a question regarding his opinion on China's smog problem.

“[The] Chinese Communist Party values stability, but public protests, demonstrations and serious unrest are beginning to threaten stability and what they call the ‘Mandate of Heaven,' ” Gore said.

The “Mandate of Heaven” is a political theory in China that divine authority would bless a just ruler and condemn an unjust ruler, allowing for him to be overthrown.

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