July 17th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain, Obama praise Gore

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(CNN)– Both parties' presumptive nominees praised former Vice President Al Gore as he challenged the nation Thursday to transition completely to renewable and carbon-free energy within the next decade - but parted ways on some of Gore's recommendations.

"For decades, Al Gore has challenged the skeptics in Washington on climate change and awakened the conscience of a nation to the urgency of this threat," Obama said in a statement Thursday.

Obama's environmental proposals mimic many of Gore's own: he would implement an economy-wide cap-and trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and plans to make the United States a leader in the global effort to combat climate change.

But John McCain reminded reporters he and Gore hold very divergent views on the use of at least one renewable energy source.

"I've admired the Vice President on this issue," McCain said Thursday. There may be some aspects of climate change that he and I are in disagreement on but overall - I mean, I've always been a supporter of nuclear power and he has not agreed with that."

The Arizona senator co-sponsored cap-and-trade legislation introduced last year - but has criticized later versions of the bill for failing to include further incentives for nuclear power, saying the nation would not make progress in ending global warming unless nuclear energy was greatly expanded.

McCain also continued to contrast his environmental policy with Obama's.

"Let me just say again, Sen. Obama, no storage and no reprocess. And that's nuclear power. No drilling offshore. That's a way of finding oil and gas reserves. Dr. No," McCain said.

Filed under: Al Gore • Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. therealist

    Dr. No
    Dr. Possiblely
    Dr. Maybe

    July 17, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |

    If you REALLY cared, Al, you'd get back in the game and be Obama's VP so he could hands down win this. But just like in 2000 when you let Bush steel the recount, just like through your whole administration where yall never signed the Kyoto treaty, just like how you STILL couldn't buck the Clinton Monster till weeks after Barrack was the nominee to show your support... you appear the spineless whiner who says old news but gets the praise, for what? If Americans don't already know of these issues and are learning them from Al Gore, they must be on that "Czechoslavkian Viagra" already and won't get it anyway.

    July 17, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  3. Canadian black man for Obama.

    Mccain have flip flopped on so many issues than we can imagine.

    Health care, house foreclosure asking people to go get a second job, now he share the pain of the people, flip flop on Bush tac cut, fli flop on evrything . If you not sure which issues Mccain haven't flip flop on visit youtube/mccain flip flops.

    I just sick to my tommy when i hear Mccflip floper accusing Obama.

    Mccflip flopper stop the negative attacks it doesn't look good on you.

    July 17, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. texan

    I have to say BEING A HARD CORE REPUBLICAN and will be voting for MCCAINE, I am sorry but I do agree with PELOSI . Bush is a total failure ,forget about being a fool but he has destroyed this economy. And before he gets out of office he is taking us all to the cleaners by fooling us and raising the price of gas. Hey why not? he has 6 months to rake it all in .

    July 17, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. Ben

    Oh wow, I actually agree with McCain on the issue of nuclear energy. I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep tonight. Offshore drilling is a bad idea though, but replacing our coal power plants with nuclear is probably necessary to fight global warming, unless we have a major breakthrough with fusion. The only real issue is what to do with the waste, but I think it's better to poison only a localized area than the entire atmosphere.

    July 17, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. Brain

    The media is doing the dirty job for Mccain. what's up CNN keep swiftboating Obama with mccain?

    July 17, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. Joe

    I think we can all agree that Vice President Gore has been at the forefront of raising awareness of this issue. But doesn't it strike anybody as a little interesting that his proposal is so far outside the mainstream of what other policy makers have been saying (total elimination of our reliance on fossil fuels within 10 years)? Also, isn't he totally invested in renewable technologies with his hedge funds? So, is this what he thinks is necessary/good for the country or for his own financial future?

    July 17, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. wall-e san diego, ca.

    This Nation is in deep trouble when the two presumptive presidential candidates endorse a man with deep psychological problems . I'm not worried about his carbon foot print but i am worried about his mental impact.

    July 17, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. Perla

    I certainly hope Al Gore will be Pres. Obama's "energy czar."

    July 17, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Oh.. as if post traumatic depression for the veterans, mental recession for the gas thieves is not enough for the people already .. we have climate change depression in the horizon. Seriously.

    July 17, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. California Gold

    That's wonderful McCain favors nuclear power. Does that mean we can centralize nuclear power for the United States in Arizona and dispose of the nuclear waste in perpetuity in Arizona? Then we won't have to be concerned about transporting the dangerous by products on the nation's infrastructure (which McCain has voted against repairing). Accidents can be centralized in Arizona so residents of that state are the only ones who have to worry about being their own night light.

    July 17, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Flippy Flop, Flippy Flop.
    Knock! Knock!
    Who's there?
    John McCain.

    July 17, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. texas DEM

    Al Gore and Hillary Clinton are the greatest people on earth, that were not elected to be president.

    July 17, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. jerry, San Francisco, CA

    Jeez, will the empty sarcasm of uninformed bloggers never stop? I'm tired of seeing vicious comments posted about everyone, from McCain to Obama. Yes, I have strong views too, but I believe messages should be about the facts and real issues. It's sad to see excellent public figures vilified by folks who know nothing about their actual history in the public sphere. Obama, McCain, Ted Kennedy, Condi, Biden, Gore, etc. Not to mention Hillary! All treated like criminals, with some old incident lingering in the public mind as the defining characteristic of the person.

    There's no doubt that Al Gore has contributed more than any other public figure to "saving the planet." It's not about inventing the internet, as foes like to claim. It's about inventing our new consciousness if we are to survive. Putting people like him back in government service is the way forward. Denial of climate change must end.

    July 17, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  15. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Yes I like the Ozone Man. I like him to stay in TN.

    He and Obama make a fine pair. He would be the Alpha Man while Michelle would be the Alpha Woman. You know where that leaves obama? Yeah he is still the girlie man.

    Watch how he makes his Iraq declarations without consulting the generals on the ground. AAAAh I think he thinks he is a know it all. He certainly gives speeches fairly well but no substance.

    July 17, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  16. John in Iowa

    Why would anyone praise this L-O-S-E-R??? He's a complete idiot. Remember though, he claims he invented the internet!

    July 17, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. Terry

    Walt....obviously a Republican surrogate, repeating the same old lie. Al Gore never did say he was the father of the Internet. And I would rather that he had a mansion and travelled the world trying to change the world for the better instead of living in a mansion doing nothing to change our dependency on oil and coal.

    July 17, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. yns

    Al Gore is awesome and this country would not be in this situation if the election was not stolen from him!

    July 17, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  19. MLH

    Thank you Al Gore for stepping up to the plate. When I hear politicians continuing to sing a song of oil when it isn't renewable and it isn't going to be around forever, oh and guess what – supply outstripping demand will mean the price of gas won't go down, I just want to scream.

    It isn't hard people. Conserve. Don't drive as much. Don't consume as much. Demand alternative sources of energy. They are out there and other countries are finding and using them while we are still crying about the cost of a gallon of gas – and then filling up our SUV's.

    July 17, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  20. Jon H

    Reality check... Al Gore has invested alot of money into making his home environmentally neutral. He does not pay what you think for energy costs. Al Gore proved that he had sincere desire to do good for the world by becoming one of the most effective environmental leaders. I could only imagine how great of a job he would have done, had he been elected...

    July 17, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  21. FLIP FLOP!!!!!

    McCain--Let me just say again, Sen. Obama, no storage and no reprocess. And that's nuclear power. No drilling offshore. That's a way of finding oil and gas reserves. Dr. No," McCain said

    Obama's environmental proposals mimic many of Gore's own: he would implement an economy-wide cap-and trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and plans to make the United States a leader in the global effort to combat climate change.
    McCain–Dr HUH

    July 17, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. FL_Independant

    McCain, shut up with the Dr. No stuff. It didnt stick, time to move on old man....everytime you say it and grin like an idiot, you can hear crickets in the background.

    – Susan

    July 17, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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