China's space agency has announced its intention to join Russia in an international project to save Earth from a cataclysmic collision with a gigantic asteroid.
Xian Bao, head of China's space agency, said that the Chinese people would 'work to their utmost' to save the planet from an impact with Apophis, an 885-foot asteroid.
'This is a big priority for China, because China makes a big target for a rock like that', he said.
What enraged Al Gore was China's plans to use coal-powered technology to divert the asteroid, since Russia has declined to use nuclear technology.
'CO2 is a poisonous gas, just as bad as the mustard gas that Hitler used during the first World War', said Al Gore. 'And the CO2 that comes from burning coal is extra-special since it's far more bad than other CO2s.'
China has vast coal reserves, and Gore suspects the China-Russia partnership is merely a bid by China to boost its coal exports.
'Not content to export coal around the world, China wants to export coal throughout the Solar System', Gore fumed. 'In a real democracy, we would consult the Martians before embarking on this project.'