Obama on Climate Change: 'The Time for Denial Is Over'
By Philip Rucker
President-elect Barack Obama met this afternoon in Chicago with former vice president Al Gore to discuss climate change, declaring after the meeting, "The time for denial is over."
Also attended by Vice President-elect Joe Biden, the meeting was held as Obama prepares to nominate his administration's top environmental officials.
"All three of us are in agreement that the time for delay is over," Obama told a pool of reporters as he sat alongside Gore and Biden at Obama's transition headquarters after the meeting.
"We all believe what the scientists have been telling us for years now," Obama said, "that this is a matter of urgency and national security, and it has to be dealt with in a serious way. That is what I intend my administration to do."
Gore has acted as an adviser to Obama on environmental issues, and Obama today called Gore's work on climate change "extraordinary." But Democratic sources maintain there are no indications Gore is interested in taking a job in the new administration.
Obama could begin naming his nominees for environmental positions at the White House, the departments of Interior and Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency as early as tomorrow, while Gore is expected in Poland later this week for a global climate change conference.
Posted at 4:21 PM ET on Dec 9, 2008
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