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. Andrew

    Memo to CNN:

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

    In what way is nuclear power renewable?

    July 17, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. Jonathan Samuels

    If the oil companies truly wanted to drill here they would explore the 68 million acres already alloted.

    The whole Idea of drill now drill here is narrow minded. Alternative energy is needed and the implementation of the infrastructure will create jobs.

    July 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Democrats Unify & Vote Big

    Gore is on a Mission Of Good. What person in their right mind is going to go on record opposing him?

    Obama, twist his arm a little more – He'd might just make a good VP choice.

    July 17, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Proud American

    McCain is a Fool!!! What success? What planet are you on McCain… Bizzaro World?! America let us not allow the idiots that have been pulling the wool over our eyes (for the last 8 years) continue to do so..
    McCain=Bush!!!

    July 17, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. Cali guy

    NObama is certainly Dr. No! Change we can beLIEVE in, right? Wrong. Obama offers the same tired rhetoric devoid of substance.

    July 17, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. adam

    If it produces waste that is toxic and radioactive for thousands of years then it isn't "clean energy." When it comes to nucleare power I'd be happy to be called, Dr. No.

    July 17, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. BUSHED!!!!!

    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.

    Of course Old HOG JAW McCain had to go NEGATIVE on Mr Obama and Mr Gore, DR HUH !!

    July 17, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. lesson

    McCain is interested in any energy source that keeps a refinement aspect in it. Nuclear will require a middle man to refine and distribute the power. The oil folks can just leap over to that, and not loose a dollar.

    True renewable energy is consumer direct energy, and that is the change Gore is talking about.

    July 17, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. Angus McDugan

    Lets' not say anything bad about anyone that is popular. These candidates are the best we could come up with. Sigh...

    July 17, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Don Colony14Author, Mt Prospect, IL

    This proves that both Obama and McCain are idiots. Who's the Libertarian candidate for President?

    July 17, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. skunkrat The Marine

    McStupid agrees with all for at least one day. Next week he will be totally against VP Gore's position. John McStupid a man with 1000 positions on every issue depending on who he THINKS is listening.

    July 17, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Debby, NJ

    Just shut up McShame
    What a complete IDIOT
    BARACK THE VOTE !!!

    July 17, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. RickytheGriff

    Does John McCain have a view on ANYTHING that doesn't change daily?

    Outside of telling a good rape joke, that is!

    July 17, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. BK

    Dr. No Obama will have us paying $10 a gallon in a couple of years and we still will not have started drilling. We need to do everything we can to get off foreign oil NOW. Obama flip flops so much we don't know what he believes. If I have to hear him read his rhetoric too many more times I am going to puke. He is so arrogant he thinks he is a movie star.

    July 17, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. Money

    Al Gore would have more credibility on this Global warming thing if he wasn’t making so much money on it!

    July 17, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  16. kayla

    mcsame stop focusing on obama. you must have nightmares about obama. get a life

    July 17, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. Doug

    Way to go Dems, the perfect ticket: 'The Black Messiah and the Great White Saviour' to the rescue. WOW, now that is the perfect bumper sticker.

    July 17, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. Mike

    Dr. No ? That 70's thing again. Hey McLame, is Dr. No from Czechoslavakia?

    July 17, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. Bob

    "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."

    ""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."

    McCain, drilling offshore is not "renewable and carbon-free energy". Can you even know what you say?

    July 17, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. JFK

    Al Gore is one very intelligent, thoughtful man who has devoted his life to making the world a better place for us all.

    July 17, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. Walt, Belton,TX

    Aaaah, Al Gore, the inventor of the internet, the father of doom on the end of the earth living in his mansion burning up over $2,500 a month in utilities. Good think he's got all that Oslo money to pay the bills......

    July 17, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. Tim

    The way Mccain blocked Algore today at noon by timing after gore speech to hold his campaign event in MO. What a shame that the media is being manipulated by the republicans!

    July 17, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. Judy

    If McCain or any other politician wants to build a nuclear power plant than please make sure that they have it built right next door to where they, their children and their grandchildren live.
    Until someone has the guts to stand up to the big oil company's and push for alternative fuel sources than America will be held hostage to greed from company's that can claim a $40 billon profit and than have the nerve to say that this is not excessive.

    July 17, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. RJ, CA

    DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress:
    Econ MIA, AWOL on
    facts, POW from reality
    ------
    Are you a three-year-old? TRY TO FOCUS - I know it's hard, but it's the adult thing to do! And learning how to spell wouldn't hurt, either.

    July 17, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  25. Josh, DC

    I was fortunate enough to attend this speech today. Mr. Gore is bold and on point with the challenge he has posed for us. Please do not comment on the small snippets of the speech you may hear. If taken out of context, his plan may seem unfounded and too overwhelming to ever take shape. If you read the entire transcript, available online, you will see that he has all his numbers right, he has a way to do it, and frankly it has to happen. Why not start now? Though we should have started 20 years ago. Oh and don't worry Walt. It will be ok. Though I am sure the solar panels on his roof and energy-saver appliances are no match for yours.

    July 17, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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