(CNN) – Former Vice President Al Gore is set to meet with President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday, a move that's likely to unleash a wave of speculation that the incoming president is eyeing Gore for a slot in his administration.
According to the Obama transition office, the meeting will focus on issues relating to energy and climate change, and how the new administration's environmental policies can spur job creation.
Democratic officials have said Obama is not looking to tap Gore for a Cabinet-level post or any other position in the administration.
A Gore appointment would almost certainly be greeted with celebration from members of party's liberal wing, many of whom are still angered he lost the White House in 2000 despite wining the popular vote.
Gore has also rocketed to stardom in the years since his failed presidential bid, winning a Nobel Peace Prize last year for his work to raise awareness on the dangers of global warming. The former vice president also was involved in making a documentary on climate change, "An Inconvenient Truth," which won two Oscars in 2007.
But Gore, who has made millions in the private sector since his days at the White House during stints on corporate boards - including Apple Inc. - and partnerships at venture capital firms, has suggested he has little interest in returning to government. A spokesman for Gore flatly said last week the former vice president has no interest in serving the Obama administration.
Nonetheless, Gore's high profile visit to Chicago is raising eyebrows, even among some of Gore's close advisers.
"The Gore trip is for more than just a chat," a close friend of Gore told CNN's John King. "He wouldn't burn that much carbon flying to Chicago just to talk."
sounds like Obama is doing the right thing...He needs to confer with people who were in office previously, and has the experience, so in essence, he needs to discuss different situations with them...
. . . The new Energy Secretary perhaps?
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This adds up to no good. Al and his interests in the global warming farce must be tooting the horn for BO since he wants to carbon tax us to the tune of 45 trillion. When will everyone learn.....it's about control (not the environment).
sorry, it's $5 trillion not 45 trillion.
I would like to know, if Former Vice President Al Gore will get a position that would improve climate change or energy? If he does, what title would it be?
What a smart president-elect! One smart move after another.
I am getting more and more convinced that Obama is super intelligent and has all the good intentions and motivation to fulfill his duties.
Proverbs 12v15 "The way of a fool seems right, but a wise man listens to advice"
Proverbs 13v20 "He who walks with the wise, grows wise but a companion of fools, suffers harm
I am a professional geologist, and have been for 35 years. The fact that Al Gore is considered an expert on climate changes and global warming makes me want to vomit. Global warming is occurring, for natural reasons, the same as it has in between Ice Ages for the last million years. However, professors of geology, who are quite aware of this, are afraid to say the truth, because they will lose their grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Global Warming is the latest buzz word, and is one of the biggest farces ever put over on a naive public.
Captain Planet, he's our hero, gonna take pollution down to zero...
Carbon tax would "punish" the use of oil thereby reducing its desireability and demand for it, ultimately harming the interests of Big Oil. You've got it entirely backwards.
What a joke! If Gore gets his way with his "Climate Change" fantasy, we'll all be sitting around, unemployed...keeping down "greenhouse gases."
GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL. SO IS EVOLUTION.
Obama keep your eyes and ears open.
Gore for energy Czar, please?
Gore is a chump too....................
what makes Gore such an expert on the environment? I just don't get it.
It never ceases to amaze me that no matter what the topic is, someone always has to see the negative side of everything.
Hey Larry, seems that was what Mr. Bush did in 2000 and EVERYONE criticized him...or have you forgotten? And besides, why would Obama want to confer with a do-nothing whiny man like Al Gore? He has absolutely nothing to offer us!
GOOD, President elect Obama is on it!
Good call Mr. Obama! I'll bet the Republican fools/whiners will cry about that!
I hope he's the EPA head.
Climate change? What climate change? "Global warming"??? History PROVES what we are currently experiencing is a natural shift in the climate like it has been undergoing since the world's creation! This is the coldest winter on record!
Money..money.. regulation.. money... Ah, maybe we can balance both...... it's either money or green.... maybe we all should live in simple animal tents like the Native Americans...
Al Gore is worth listening to, but he should not be in charge.
To my opnion that would be over-reacting.
A day without cnn is like a day without left-wing propoganda.