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. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    Look up WindFuels.

    That's the best answer, long-term, that has yet been articulated.

    December 9, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Appoint him as the official search-and-destroy party for Manbearpig....

    December 9, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. No Incumbents 2010

    Where is the proof? Drink the Kool Aid you tree huggers!

    December 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Sylvia

    I, personally believe that this is the missing link in politics. We need to utlize all of the information available to us in order to have the best outcome. Wouldn't a Puilitzer Prize winner/ almost President be some one who could bring about positive change. I believe that it is another great move by President-elect Obama that will ensure the best outcome. Where is Bill Gates?

    December 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA

    Don't get me wrong, I voted for Gore when he ran but what is up with all of the leaks from his folks about him not wanting a job in the White House. Okay Already and who gives a crap.

    So the guy does not want a job in the White House. Why does this keep being news CNN???? Because you all are the only ones who appears to be rehashing unworthy news stories.

    December 9, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Jackie in Dallas

    Too bad that Gore doesn't want to limit his influence to just the U.S. because he's be dynamite on the Cabinet!

    December 9, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. MsRotten

    Just think back.....if the election was not STOLEN from Gore, we would be 1/2 way to energy independence by now. And I'd bet my life that we wouldn't be involved in 2 ILLEGAL WARS!!

    Life would have been just honky-dory! But, NOOOOOOOO!!

    December 9, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. chris s

    How refreshing to have a brain in the white house.

    December 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. SecularAnimist

    In my view, whether Al Gore has a formal role within the Obama administration is not important. What is important is that the Obama administration embraces and acts upon the vision that Gore and others have outlined, to simultaneously deal with global warming AND create a new, prosperous, sustainable, democratic economy based on the New Industrial Revolution of the 21st Century: an energy system that is no longer based on mining and burning limited supplies of expensive, destructive, toxic fossil fuels and radioactive substances, but on harvesting an unlimited supply of abundant, free, clean solar and wind energy.

    December 9, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Sue

    I agree!

    December 9, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. shocking

    Global Warming or the more conveniently called Climate Change is a joke and so is Al Gore. And he is the one laughing all the way to the bank. Carbon Credits.....now that is funny

    December 9, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Larry

    I'll say one thing ,Obama has not deviated one word from his campaign speeches that were written for him"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,again.

    December 9, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Tunstall

    I think that is an excellent idea.

    December 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. shockingII

    That is right on the money Shocking

    December 9, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Susan, Nebraska

    Give me a break! Al Gore is a nut job!

    December 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Len

    I love President Gore and I love President Obama.
    Together they can save the planet. I'm so happy that Obama is taking advice from such a genius who can help stop one of the biggest threats to humanity.

    People who don't believe in climate change.... wow. I suppose evolution isn't real either.
    If you look around evidence of climate change is EVERYWHERE! It is the biggest problem mankind faces today.
    If we let it get out of hand, it will destroy the planet.

    It is SO important that Obama continues to work with Gore, and it looks like he will.
    So excited about this... maybe America will get on the right track once more and inspire the rest of the world to save the environment.

    December 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. sunshine

    lets get the economy back on track, then worry about the environment.

    December 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. peakarack

    HILLARY OR GORE SHOULD BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT SINCE 99% OF THE NEW,I MEAN OLD OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ARE CLINTION PEOPLE.

    BOBBY JINAL 2012!

    December 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. peakarack

    CHANGE=MORE OF THE SAME OLD PEOPLE. LOL!

    BOBBY JINDAL 2012!

    December 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. Randall Jackson

    I hope that President-Elect Obama does not appoint Kathleen McGinty as Secretary of Environmental Protection Agency. She was the head of DEP in Pennsylvania and cost some small sewer aothorities huge sums of money by delaying permits issued. I know how she operated an some issues, because I am a board member of one of the authorities,

    December 9, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Greg Hodges

    At last; a President who doesn`t stick his head in the ground and deny that global warming is a threat to the entire planet, and not a moment too soon. If we don`t fix this problem; the global economy will be the least of our problems. Obama must stick to his guns on this issue; for the sake of generations yet unborn!

    December 9, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. john from sandiego

    GORE is bi-polar and i'm not talking about the north and south poles...

    December 9, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Douglas J.Ellingson

    Obama would do himself well to have Gore as an advisor on the environment and climate change.

    December 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Peter (CA)

    Really? Climate change isn't real? What else....is the earth 6000 years old...did man walk with the dinosaurs...is evolution a joke?

    Amazing...we have reached the 21st century but prefer to listen to stories and myths instead of science. No wonder we are losing our edge in the world.

    December 9, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  25. Alan in Berkeley

    Still waiting for Obama to appoint some real climate-change-aware administrators to the environmentally-related environmental agencies - esp. the energy department and the EPA.

    Time for a big step - like appointing NASA's James Hansen the EPA administor - rather than the safe and conventional appointments we've seen so far.

    December 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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