WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Democratic leaders are turning up the heat in their efforts to pass a bill aimed at curbing global warming, even enlisting former Vice President Al Gore in the lobbying efforts and getting a public show of support from President Barack Obama at the White House.
Democrats admit that they are shy of the 218 votes needed to pass the climate-change bill scheduled for a vote on Friday, and have furiously been lobbying fence-sitting members.
Gore was scheduled to visit the Capitol on Thursday to personally lobby in favor of the bill, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office called his office Wednesday night to cancel.
"It's a question of what was energy-efficient for the vice president," Pelosi said of the decision to keep Gore in Tennessee. "We were narrowing the list of the undecided and thought that perhaps on another occasion we could call upon his time to come here."
While Gore is not in Washington, his spokeswoman says he is still working the phones and contacting uncertain lawmakers to make the case for passing the Clean Energy and Security Act, which would require a 17 percent emissions reduction from 2005 levels by 2020 and create a "cap-and-trade" system where manufacturers would buy and sell pollution credits.
(CNN) – Former Vice President Al Gore Friday took his successor Dick Cheney to task for aggressively criticizing President Obama so soon into the new commander-in-chief's presidency.
In an interview with CNN, Gore said he himself had refrained from criticizing President Bush until well into the run up to the Iraq war - more than two years after the Clinton administration came to an end.
"I waited two years after I left office to make statements that were critical, and then of the policy," he said. "You know, you talk about somebody that shouldn't be talking about making the country less safe, invading a country that did not attack us and posed no serious threat to us at all."
During a series of television interviews in recent weeks, Cheney has repeatedly criticized the Obama administration for its national security policies.
"He can speak for himself," Gore also said of the former vice president. "And I have a feeling that members of his own party wish that he would not do that. But I'll let that be an argument between him and them."
"He has become, in many ways, the leading spokesman for his party during this period of time. And the message is one that he's deciding to deliver," said Gore.
(CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore used Earth Day to criticize congressional Republicans for opposing President Obama's agenda, and he called on donors to give to House Democrats as a way to help expand their majority in the 2010 elections.
Gore, the most high profile spokesperson on the danger of global warming, specifically mentions this issue in the letter sent Wednesday to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) e-mail list.
"I can tell you that President Obama has signaled in the strongest possible terms that he intends to take bold steps and harness innovative resources to solve the climate crisis," Gore wrote in the letter. "Not only that, but Speaker Pelosi has said she will personally shepherd climate legislation through.
"But neither of them can do it alone – and the clock is ticking. We need a strong Democratic majority in Congress and the widespread support of concerned Americans like you."
Gore accused the GOP of putting up "partisan roadblocks in the way of forward-thinking legislation."
A Republican campaign spokesman dismissed Gore's plea and in doing so took a shot at the failed 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis.
"You would think the DCCC understands that trotting out Democratic has-beens is bad for the political environment," said Ken Spain, communications director of the National Republican Congressional Committee. "What's next? Michael Dukakis soliciting funds on Armed Forces Day?"
Gore is scheduled to testify Friday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on "The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009."
(CNN) - Al Gore said Tuesday he's writing another book on global warming policies and solutions.
The former vice president is set to release "Our Choice" in November. Gore's latest read will be a followup to his 2006 bestseller "An Inconvenient Truth," serving as a "blueprint" providing solutions to the climate crisis.
"'An Inconvenient Truth' reached millions of people with the message that the climate crisis is threatening the future of human civilization and that it must and can be solved," Gore said in a statement. "Now that the need for urgent action is even clearer with the alarming new findings of the last three years, it is time for a comprehensive global plan that actually solves the climate crisis. 'Our Choice' will answer that call."
As he did with the earnings from "An Inconvenient Truth," Gore said he will will donate all the proceeds from the eco-friendly book to his foundation, the Alliance for Climate Protection.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Suggesting the planet will soon reach an irreversible "tipping point" of damage to the climate, former Vice President Al Gore plans to tell members of Congress on Wednesday that the U.S. needs to join international talks on a treaty.
"This treaty must be negotiated this year," he plans to say, according to a copy of remarks prepared for testimony.
Gore is scheduled to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He plans to link the nation's energy situation with the need to develop fuels that are not based on petroleum.
"We're borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet," Gore plans to say. "Every bit of that's got to change."
Read Gore's full prepared remarks after the jump
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Gore and Obama are meeting in Chicago Tuesday. (Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A spokeswoman for Al Gore says the former vice president is not meeting Tuesday with President-elect Barack Obama about a position in his administration.
The meeting between Obama, Gore and Vice President-elect Joe Biden had unleashed speculation about Gore's role in an Obama White House.
The Obama transition office said Monday that the meeting would 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.
(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.
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."
(CNN) - Add Al Gore to the list of big name surrogates who are making campaign cameos in the last remaining Senate election this year. The former vice president teams up with Jim Martin at a campaign event in Atlanta, Georgia.
Martin is a former Georgia state lawmaker who is the Democratic challenger to Saxby Chambliss, Georgia's freshman Republican senator who's fighting to keep his seat. The two candidates face off in a runoff election Tuesday, December 2.
Chambliss won a plurality of the vote on Election Day, but Georgia state law calls for the winner to grab 50 percent plus one vote. Due to the inclusion of a third party candidate, Chambliss fell just shy of that threshold, forcing a runoff contest.
Gore's campaign appearance follows that of former President Bill Clinton, who teamed up with Martin on Wednesday in Atlanta.
President-elect Barack Obama is lending his voice to the Democrats' efforts to win back the Republican-held senate seat in Georgia. Obama speaks out in a 60-second radio ad for Martin that hit the airwaves Friday.
A trio of former Republican presidential candidates have campaigned Sen. John McCain returned to the trail to campaign with Chambliss, just 9 days after losing the presidential election to Obama.
Last week, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination before dropping out in March and backing McCain, campaigned with Chambliss.
Watch Al Gore talk about President-elect Barack Obama's victory.
(CNN)—Former Vice President Al Gore was fired up over the election of Sen. Barack Obama in one of his first post-election interviews.
“I can barely contain my excitement about this election,” Gore told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “Regardless of the differences over issues and politics this was a water shed election that really just gave every American a feeling of great pride in our nation’s ability to transcend our past, and redeem the revolutionary promise of our Declaration of Independence: that every human being is created equal, and it’s electrifying seeing that declaration.”
Despite the Republican’s loss, Gore also said he saw many of them express a sense of pride on election night.
Be sure to catch the full interview on Fareed Zakaria’s GPS, Sunday at 1 p.m. E.T on CNN.