December 8th, 2008
05:31 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama, Gore meeting raises eyebrows

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gore is meeting with Obama Tuesday."](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.

Democratic officials have said Obama is not looking to tap Gore for a Cabinet-level post or any other position in the administration.

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."

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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Bush didn't go to Harvard....idiot.

    December 8, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. gregg

    change change clink clink,,.......... wow ,, what i would give to be in washdc,,, this will never be posted,, btw,, the new ss ,,has arrived in dc,,

    December 8, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Change - Yeah Left!

    It's time to get out the horses and buggies. Other than the fact that horses would produce methane. Good ole left Al will ensure that we have no chance to get the natural resources out of the earth and will run the oil refiners into the ground. Nothing ole Left Al does is good for America...just good for the far LEFT.

    December 8, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. Obama momma from Cali


    December 8, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Perusing-Through

    Whoa! This one caught me by surprised. CNN, you must stay on top of this. I want hour-by-hour updates. You have your orders. Get on it.

    December 8, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. Good Grief

    I can only pray Obama will not chose another Clinton has been. Al Gore should grow his beard back and stick to writing books on global warming.

    Another Clinton clone IS NOT WHAT WE VOTED FOR.

    December 8, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. irish

    If he doesn't get a job with Obama as energy czar, maybe he can explain to him all about the internet, since he invented it.

    December 8, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Shree Shrestha

    I remember Al Gore. The people from his own home state did not want him in the White House.

    December 8, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. Godluvr

    And the plot thickens! It would be so wonderful if he (Gore) accepts a spot in this administration of a lifetime! He was cheated so terribly in his run for the presidency. This would somehow seem like poetic justice; like the selection of Gen. Shinseki, who was disrespected by the Bush administration for daring to go against the mob.

    December 8, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. Charlie in Maine

    If I had the power to do so I would do two things to help save the planet. #1 Raise EPA to cabinet position #2 Make Al Gore the first Secretary of the Environment.

    I hope Obama would consider such a move.

    December 8, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. Kim, Dallas, TX

    To LIP:

    Many climate scientists state that they are put under enormous pressure to distort or hide any scientific results which suggest that human activity is to blame for global warming. A survey of climate scientists which was reported to the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee noted that "Nearly half of all respondents perceived or personally experienced pressure to eliminate the words 'climate change', 'global warming' or other similar terms from a variety of communications." These scientists were pressured to tailor their reports on global warming to fit the Bush administration's climate change scepticism. In some cases, this occurred at the request of a former oil-industry lobbyist.

    When the scientist is being funded by EXXON Mobil, they will sway results to adhere to the person that is funding the research. Most scientists you are referring to have since changed their stance on global warming and are supporting man made concerns due to fossil fuels. It's time to do some reading on the subject. Some of the 400 scientists tried to get their names off of the list and were told that they couldn't take them off. Most in the scientific community support the idea of global warming due to man-made causes.

    PS. Copernicus also was disputed for his ideas when he expressed them. Scientists at that time were sure that the world was flat. Just an FYI regarding scientific research so that we don't all follow like blind sheep.

    December 8, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  12. redneck

    Something for all the old power lusters!

    December 8, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |



    December 8, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. beckster


    December 8, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. Rik L

    Now that the price of a barrel of oil is close to the level it should have almost never hit.Now that the newly fashioned "banks of wall street",have so silently tucked away our great grandchindren's future.When is it that medicare can finally get back it's right to negotiate it's "what's right is right" pricing with the Drug Companies?Is it my immagination or is there still a few rocks to overturn in DC.President elect Obama is doing a fabulous job and he hasn't even been sworn in yet.Prioritizing,problem-solving,and good sound logic.(common sense) The MAN can sure put a good firefighting crew together.I thank GOD every day for his guidance,wisdom,and our new direction.Shinseki is another sound choice.Thankyou MR. PRESIDENT!!! PS Watch out investors,if 7300 is the bottom,it will be tested two or three more times. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

    December 8, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  16. Can I buy some carbon credits

    I keep hearing the term "Smart." Come on folks he actually believes this global warming BS is caused by humans, how "smart" is that? Not to mention, is China buying carbon credits, because unless the rest of the world gets on board what difference does it make anyway?

    December 8, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  17. OBAMA...Human Resource Manager for Clinton White House

    Ok all you Obama fanatics......WHERE's the CHANGE?????

    Looks like a re-run of the Arkansas Hillbillies to me!!!!

    December 8, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. hop from in

    this about the auto industry. no other country in the world would allow another country would allow another country or countrys to come in and take over a industry like the usa has. our government has sold us out.

    December 8, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  19. JM from MO

    @ Gary from the beginning: I am a geologist as well. Yes, there is naturally occurring global warming. However, one must look at the rate at which it is occurring compared to previous events. If one does compare this rate at which events are occurring and past "ice ages", one would be able to notice that the rates are significantly so. That means there must be another contributing factor... which points to all of the harmful ozone depleting, smog producing, etc. that are happening RIght Now!

    December 8, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  20. cap n trade

    Cap N Trade commodotizes green house gas production. Paying for it removes the guilt of producing it which will actually create more.
    Sort of the same way Gore removes the guilt of the tons of exaust fumes produced buy his private jet using Carbon offsets – Get it now?

    December 9, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
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