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. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    So, John McCain, are you auditioning for John Kerry's running mate again? Oh, I forgot! That was the other John McCain of so many versions who jst four short years ago was so disgusted with and dejected by his party that he almost became a Democrat. You are shameless you chameleon, and you're not even good at changing your colors or shedding your skin.

    July 17, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. jason, tx

    McCain, stop being a liar. Amazing what this guy will say.

    July 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. whiner

    mccain is pandering.he wants more oil,and is willing to keep a presence there to protect it for bush and cheney.

    July 17, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Alexis

    I personally think Biden or Nunn or Bayh would all make great VP choices for Obama. However, I think Obama should, when he wins, appoint Gore as Environmental Czar. That would create a position worthy of the mess we are currently in, thanks to Bush/Cheney and their oil buddies.

    July 17, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Herman in LA

    What a silly political season...

    July 17, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Dems be dopes

    Hot air praises hot air praises hot air......

    We have a liberal wearing conservative clothes and a socialist wearing liberal clothes running for President.

    Is this really the best we have????

    July 17, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. Voice of Reason

    Funny how McCain thinks that re-processing of spent nuclear fuels is the answer... It only illustrates how willing he is to mortgage our future for short-term political gain. Get the facts, and find out that Nuclear can be done cleanly, and effectively, but re-processing SNF is just begging for a night mare of unanswerable questions on disposal of nuclear by-products.

    This coming from a man who's still looking for Czechoslovakia on his map, and wondering why he cant find it... Or who thinks that a so-called 'gas-tax holiday' is going to do anything for the US economy (besides drive us deeper into energy-debt)... Or who thinks that drilling in the acrtic is going to lower the price of fuel for the average american (got news for ya grampy – Exxon isnt a charity).

    Anyone who would let this guy within 100 miles of where America's Energy Policy is being written simply doesnt have the facts, or cant look more than 4 years ahead...

    Quit drinking the Kool-Aid, and get the facts. Study the issues and vote your conscience.

    July 17, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Brian

    "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.

    He just doesn't get it.... The oil companies are NOT guaranteed to find all this oil, even if they do it doesn't mean that they will drill it right away (see the millions of acres they aren't drilling right now) they will withhold the oil to keep the prices high (they are for profit companies), The environmental impact will offset ANY positives (You ruin Florida's beaches they are gone forever). When the oil is actually produced world demand has already diminished it's impact.

    The USA needs to evolve and become more advanced than other nations. As of today, BRAZIL IS MORE ADVANCED THAN THE USA. 10 years from now are we going to let China and India and Europe have more advanced technology then we do?????? We cannot afford more years of Republicans stunting technological progress!

    July 17, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. jorge polanco

    isn’t this the exact backdrop and outfit Obama had when he gave his foreign policy speech. The absolute best combo would be Obama and Gore, no one talks about it because it seems like such a fantasy, but this Campaign Obama runs, is Tumulsdic with their imagery, there is something brewing.

    July 17, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. Dick

    What a much better country...and world this would have been if this guy had been elected president!!!

    July 17, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. bill for barack

    I thought McSame was a major proponent of wind power.
    That's what he's full of – hot air.

    July 17, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. Jim Barton

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

    Nuclear power is not a renewable energy source. Sure, you can reprocess some spent fuel, and sure it is the best most clean source of electricity with comparable capacity. But it is not renewable. Things have to die and decay and be put under heat and pressure to become fossil fuel, but stars have to blow up to make new uranium.

    July 17, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. BE CAREFUL!!!

    McCain.....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."
    MR McCAIN ......You are all over the place practically every where you go on the campaign trail your town hall etc you have to mention Senator Obama this or that .....maybe that is why you forget dates and other things Stick the issues and solutions ....OLD HOG JAW!!!

    July 17, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. Lesley

    McCain was Dr. No himself on oil drilling until just recently, after he saw the polls. Did he forget the gas crisis of the 70s. Why didn't he push for energy efficiency during his long and illustrious career in Washington. Maybe if he had we wouldn't be in this mess now, we would already be ahead of the game on energy. Where's the judgment McCain? It's too late to say you are an energy czar. You've been doing nothing about it for too long.

    July 17, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    THAT'S RIGHT, JOHN MCCAIN WAS REJECTED BY HIS PARTY NOT ONCE BUT TWICE AND HE WILL BE REJECTED AGAIN COME NOVEMBER.

    July 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. not important

    Al Gore is a hypocrite.

    July 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. Dan

    "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.

    This quote is baffling. The most frightening thing to me about the possibility of a President McCain is not that he'll undoubtedly continue Bush's failed policies, but the fact that we'll have a senile old man with his finger on the button. Let's face it, he's real old, and he's losing it.

    July 17, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. gary

    ANOTHER MORON TALKING CRAP. DFLATEMACS. OBAMA IS A BIG JOKE.

    July 17, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. Puzzled

    My God, is there no bigger hypocrite and plangent oaf than Al Gore? McCain, I love you, but you keep getting it wrong. Gore is the enemy–the vile enemy.

    July 17, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. Donna

    I always find it hilarious when McCain tries to take a dig at Obama...we shoud call him "Dr. I Don't Know Enough About That"...

    July 17, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. Patrick

    I consider myself an environmentalist and people who are against nuclear power are uneducated and naive about it. If you care about global warming then you should be protesting for MORE nuclear power. McCain is a realist and can solve the energy issue, Obama is just empty rhetoric if he is against nuclear energy.

    July 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. Jason

    This is one issue that requires a bipartisan effort, and I think McCain needs to put forth more effort into expanding and explaining his own energy plan. It is obvious that the status quo cannot continue. I agree with Obama's plans to produce distinct changes in carbon emissions by 2050 and energy consumption cuts by 2030, although they have to be implemented carefully.

    July 17, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    I'm glad to see the McCain displays a little more decorum and professionalism than most Republican politicians and hacks these days, but he still won't get my vote. Maybe if he was still the maverick that he once was, I would listen to him more, but he sold out to the lunatics on the far right.

    Obama offers the best hope right now out of all the candidates.

    And no, JERKS, we don't look at Obama as the "Messiah", but just an intelligent person who offers some credible possibilities for improvement.

    July 17, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. Brian Hubbell II

    Anyone who is against nuclear power should be shunned. It is *the safest* form of large scale power production currently available, and should be utilized extensively. Nuclear waste can be reprocessed relatively easily for further use as fuel, the remaining byproducts of which are also easily stored no matter what all the naysayers tell you.

    July 17, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  25. Delegate from California

    I voted for Al Gore for President and worked on Clinton/Gore campaigns in 1992 and 1996, I know he would have made a great President and we would have been ahead of fighting Global warming.

    I am very proud of him now and think he is done more now in making us more aware of this problem we all need to take care of, by McCain and Obama praising him is a big step in getting all sides to accept and come up with a solution and save our Planet.

    God Bless you Mr. Gore.

    July 17, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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