December 9th, 2008
04:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama, Gore talk climate change

President-elect Barack Obama and former Vice President Al Gore met to discuss environmental policy and job creation.
President-elect Barack Obama and former Vice President Al Gore met to discuss environmental policy and job creation.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - With former Vice President Al Gore at his side, President-elect Barack Obama said Tuesday it's time the issue of climate change is dealt with in a "serious way."

"The time for delay is over, the time for denial is over," the president-elect told reporters after the private meeting with Gore and Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

Obama did not specifically say what role Gore would play on the issue of Climate change, though he pledged to work with "a whole host of stakeholders on this issues, including Vice President Gore."

Shortly before the scheduled meeting, a spokeswoman for Al Gore said the former vice president, who reportedly sought the sit down with Obama, was not seeking an official position in the new administration.

But he meeting's announcement on Monday immediately unleashed speculation about what Gore's exact role in an Obama White House could be.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Obama said the purpose of the meeting was hear Gore's positions on a host of environmental issues and his ideas for how new environmental polices can spur job creation and jumpstart the economy.

"We have the opportunity now to create jobs all across this country, to re-power America, to redesign how we use energy, to think about how we are increasing efficiency, to make our economy stronger, make us more safe, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and make us competitive for decades to come, even as we are saving the planet," Obama said.


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  1. No Hillary = No Obama

    George Bush can't hold a cogent conversation for more than 10 minutes and now we have Obama who can't seem to stop talking and before long will bore us all to tears. Two sides of one coin.

    December 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. Wise White Guy

    Thank God we will finally have a President who has some sense regarding Global issues.

    December 9, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. BOB FROM DOWN UNDER

    GORES CLIMATE CHANGE . GET IN LINE WITH THE GOVENOR OF ILL. AND FILL OBAMAS SENATE SEAT . FIRST HE WILL HAVE TO BE TRAINED BY AYERS AND REZKO !! WRIGHT. FOR HE HAS A GOOD START AS A LIAR, SO THE COURSE SHOULD NOT LAST OVER ONE PHONE CALL. AN BARRY CAN INFORM HIM WHERE TO GET UNMARKED DONATIONS. FROM ABROAD , IN LARGE AMOUNTS .

    December 9, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Re Global warming, the earth has actualy warmed about 5 degrees C in the last 16,000 years. About 4.25 degrees happened before 1850, the outside limit you could say humans had any effect. There are periods in the last 16,000 years when we were warming FASTER than now. What caused that? Only about .75 degrees has been in the last 150 years. The Earth has had many warming cycles in the last million years. There is no debt we are in a warming cycle now. It has happened before and will happen again. The only debatable issue is how much, if at all man had accelerated the process. Despite the theories (and they ARE theories), no can can say definitively what the human impact is.

    December 9, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Gored to Death

    Well, here's a picture Gore schooling Obama on how to game the system. Of course Gore wants nothing to do in the Obama administration – and have to give up billions of con money for his phony carbon credits business scam...

    December 9, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. Dennis

    Yes new environmental policies will certainly jump start the economy. Restricting access to domestic oil supplies, prohibiting clean coal and nuclear power plants and stopping development of tar sands technology will get us going in the right direction. Expensive, inefficient, environmentally friendly energy sources are the answer!

    December 9, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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