NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore said late last week that there is no doubt that Superstorm Sandy was related to global warming, and people need to stop and think about what is happening to the planet.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, speaking last week Gore said flatly of Sandy, “This storm was related to global warming.”

Gore said “dirty energy causes dirty weather,” and people need to think about the consequences of pollution.

“We’re putting 90 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere every single day; spewing it up there as if the atmosphere of the planet is an open sewer, free to use, free of charge, just put as much junk up there are you want to,” he said.

Gore criticized the federal government – Congress in particular – for failing to take action on global warming.