Obama to Meet with Gore; Raises Eyebrows
President-elect Barack Obama is set to meet with former VP Al Gore in Chicago on Tuesday. The Obama transition office says the meeting is meant to discuss energy and climate change issues, but speculation is gathering that the Nobel laureate is being considered to serve as climate “czar”.
Vice President-elect Joe Biden is also scheduled to be present at the meeting.
Obama has long stated that he’d welcome Gore into his administration.
“I will make a commitment that Al Gore will be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we solve this [climate change] problem,” Obama said in April.
For his part, the former VP did his job in heaping praise upon Obama.
“For America to lead the world through the dangers we’re facing, to seize the opportunities before us, we’ve got to have new leadership,” he said in June. “Not only a new president, but new policies. Not only a new head of state, but a new vision for America’s future.”
Obama has begun to lay out a comprehensive plan to increase the usage of renewable energies and to wean the nation off its dependence on foreign oil.
“Our government now pays the highest energy bill in the world. We need to change that,” he said in a radio address on Saturday. “We need to upgrade our federal buildings by replacing old heating systems and installing efficient light bulbs. That won’t just save you, the American taxpayer, billions of dollars each year. It will put people back to work.”
Gore, who has become synonymous with leading the fight against climate change, has indicated that he is not interested in a position in the Obama administration.
But others aren’t taking him at his word. “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.”