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Obama and Gore to Talk Climate Change in Chicago


Then-Sen. Barack Obama, was endorsed by former vice president Al Gore in Detroit in June 2008. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

By Philip Rucker and Al Kamen
Former Vice President Al Gore will meet in Chicago tomorrow with President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden to discuss the new administration's environmental agenda.

There are no indications that the three would be discussing a job for Gore in the Obama administration, Democratic sources said. In a statement, Obama spokesman Nick Shapiro said Gore, Obama and Biden would "discuss energy and climate change and how policies in this area can stimulate the economy and create jobs."

The meeting comes as Obama works with top transition officials to assemble a slate of environmental nominees at the White House, the departments of Interior and Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Obama is expected to announce his picks as early as this week.

Gore, who endorsed Obama shortly after he clinched the party's nomination in June, has advised the president-elect on climate change. Obama has said he wants to use part of his proposed economic stimulus package to develop green technologies and alternative energies.

Since losing his bid for the presidency in 2000, Gore has been a major force in drawing attention to climate change and global warming. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his environmental work in 2007, and his documentary film, "An Inconvenient Truth," won an academy award last year.

The former vice president was expected to appear at a global climate change conference in Poland this week, a Democratic source said, and the meeting with Obama may be intended to send a signal to international negotiators in advance of the meeting that the president-elect intends to take action on climate change.

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 8, 2008; 4:25 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Climate Change  
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With many unemployed people in the country, and dealing with a big pollution by emission of CO2 to the environment, it would maybe, be a good idea to plant new forests in many states where there are enough empty areas and wheree people are out of work. The more trees a country has, the less trouble it has with absorbing the emission of CO2 which is coming from cars and industry.

During the Depression years after the Wall Street collapse in the 1920s, many countries started to plant trees in bare areas, so now we all enjoy those nice forests for recreation and making nice walks. In the 20s there was no knowledge about pollution. Now we know all that, so the more reason to get more trees in all states of the US. I live in the Netherlands, and our small country hardly has any real forests, but all newly planted ones during the Depression years. We are a real green country and the trees have matured and it is hard to believe that they were only recently planted there. With lots of undergrowth it is so pleasant to recreate there. Now it is real needed, not only for our pleasure, but to keep the CO2 level a bit more down. It is only peanuts of course compared to the enormous amount of pollution, but every little bit will help and people get work to do.

Posted by: albers1 | December 10, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Al Gore is a great man .He is a silent worker committed for noble cause i.e. protecting mother earth from a serious threat of globalwarming and environmental decay.Mother earth is rendered as a dustbin by people.Poisonous industrial waste,garbage, filth,plastic/rubber etc. spread on the chest of our mother earth who had provided food shelter and life.Being head of the largest democratic state B Obama and his deputy Joe Biden should support AL Gore and his noble mission to free our mother earth from filth and dirt.Mr B Obama we request you to once again decorate our Mother earth by raising evergreen forest cover,flowers,plant and trees. Industries producing posonous gases,chemicals,and harming forest cover may be closed.Unwarrented growth of urban centres deplating the forest cover may be arrested and use of fireworks needs to be stopped.If earth is not saved from filth ,dirt, garbage and poisonous industrial waste the entire human civilisation may come to an end.Timely action alone can save us from annihilation.

Posted by: raonarayan2005 | December 10, 2008 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Thanks. Look, seriously, we probably agree on more than we disagree. For instance, I don't deny that the earth is warming up. What I dispute is that humans account for 100% of that warming, that we can realistically do anything about it, and therefore that this is a matter of urgency and national security, and it has to be dealt with in a serious way. What if your "cure" is worse than the disease?

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: Have fun! And good luck!!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | December 9, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

As long as it lasts for our road trip to Vegas this weekend ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

jaked: Enjoy the $1.75 gas - won't last any longer than the recession/depression.

...as for the "faith in god", you really need to get over your delusions.

Posted by: toritto | December 9, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

BTW: the expected high temperature in Chicago today is 41, with snow possible tonight ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

toritto:

You have too much pride in humans and not enough in God. Too bad gasoline is $1.75 / gal.

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Things I find interesting:

The population of the earth is estimated to have been 200 million when Christ was born.

The population of the earth is estimated to have been 310 million when Charlemagne was crowned in the year 1000.

The population of the earth didnt pass 1 billion until after the year 1800.

The population of the earth when I was a kid in 1950 was 2.5 billion.

The population of the earch reached 6.1 billion in 20000.

The population of the earth reached 6.454 billion in 2005.

Total population has more than doubled in my lifetime. There are now more than 2 people walking around for every person I saw when I was 10. They all need food, shelter, education, transportation, jobs etc.

In the last five years we have added more population to the total than the entire population of earth in the year 1,000.

The idea that we can continue to grow in numbers as we have been and all aspire to an ever higher standard of living is suspect on its face. You don't need to be a scientist or an economist to figure it out.

The idea that for the last 250 years we have pumped ever increasing amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere through industrialization and the automobile and that we can continue to do so without any consequences is suspect on its face. The idea that ever more people on this planet can do so is truly suspect on its face.

What me worry? I'm old enough that the planet wont get too hot nor will the oil run out for the remainder of my life span.

:-)


Posted by: toritto | December 9, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

washington post is blocking comment on thier Blackwater article and have been doing so since about 1 pm today. Bush will pardon the country cow poke scum bag blood bathers. this is the problem with no draft: you get all of these sadists engaging in a parallel society that does not represent the sane believers in evolution. Off the hicks.

Posted by: spearburning | December 8, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Gore for Interior Department. Help the native Americans. Give Ralph Nader the job at EPA and send a shiver down the spine of pig polluters.

Posted by: spearburning | December 8, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what a treat! JakeD is on this posting too, spreading his innuendo and hate. What a genuine joy!

I wonder why people aren't more receptive to good old Mr. JakeD????

Posted by: htruman | December 8, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

kevinschmidt:

There's nothing wacky about "WE THE PEOPLE" Amending the Constitutional Requirements for the Office of President if that's what "WE THE PEOPLE" wanted to do. As I said, on the other thread, good luck with your canard though.

Posted by: JakeD | December 8, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I doubt you are going to convince JohnDinHouston (or anyone else here) of your wacky legal theory.

Posted by: JakeD | December 8, 2008 6:08 PM |

There is nothing 'wacky' about WE THE PEOPLE being the sovereignty of the U.S. It is a certifiable fact.

So sorry you missed out on high school civics.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | December 8, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I love Al Gore. He would have been a far better President than George W. Bush, but we are now stuck with eight years of evidence that the GOPs are wackos to the max.
And they continue to prove it by carrying on that Obama isn't a natural born citizen and that Gore claimed he invented the internet. And now they have added the equally wacko Sarah Palin to the mix.
If only Sarah Palin's pastor had cast the wackos out of the Republican party the world would be a better place.
As it turns out they finally got enough rope and hung themselves -- losing the Presidency and the House and Senate.
At last the country has a chance to clean up their act. Poor Obama has been given the job of following the circus elephants in the parade and sweeping up after them Luckily for us all he will do an outstanding job of cleaning up and then will fix up our crumbling country using elephant poop as fertilizer.

Posted by: bghgh | December 8, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

kevinschmidt:

I doubt you are going to convince JohnDinHouston (or anyone else here) of your wacky legal theory.

Posted by: JakeD | December 8, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Gore invented the Internet and Global Warming, now he take a job as Detroit Mayor, Birmingham Mayor or.......

Posted by: doggit1 | December 8, 2008 5:43 PM |

Actually the Republican Dodo Party invented that lie about the internet. So glad to learn of their impending extinction.

Global warming is undeniably real. There is no controversy about it's existence. How irrational of you to doubt thousands of credible scientists world wide.

Now get back down in your rabbit hole. Alice is having another Kool-Aid party for you.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | December 8, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

JohnDinHouston:

I take it your haven't read my posts over on that thread yet?

Posted by: JakeD | December 8, 2008 5:39 PM |

JakeD:

I take it you haven't read my posts over on that thread yet?

The question of Constitutonal eligibility became moot on Election Day.

Obama is the Presidential Elect because WE THE PEOPLE elected him. The Supreme Court does not have jurisdiction over our right to elect whoever the Hell we want, Constitutionally eligible or not.

There is precedent to back my opinion.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | December 8, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Gore invented the Internet and Global Warming, now he take a job as Detroit Mayor, Birmingham Mayor or.......

Posted by: doggit1 | December 8, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

JohnDinHouston:

I take it your haven't read my posts over on that thread yet?

Posted by: JakeD | December 8, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Jake D - Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ..... wait, wait.... no, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho....no, please I'll stop - I can't hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee....Oh wait, you're not kidding?

This is the first time I've seen you engage in abject idiocy on these pages. Please, stop, right now and stop embarrassing yourself.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | December 8, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama is making all the right moves. My only concern... comes January 20, he inherits an empty 'cash register.' May heaven help us!
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | December 8, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be better for Obama to prove that he is a "natural born" citizen before meeting with anyone to discuss the new administration's environmental agenda?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/12/08/supreme_court_declines_to_hear.html

Posted by: JakeD | December 8, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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