Al Gore to Host ‘Green’ Ball
According to the Washington Times, former Vice-President Al Gore will be hosting a green inaugural ball on the night before President-elect Barack Obama takes office.
“The Green Ball: Inauguration of a New Green Economy” will be Jan. 19 at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
A draft version of the invitation, obtained by The Washington Times, urges people to “please join” Mr. Gore to “bring together a diverse coalition of environmentally-forward organizations, entrepreneurs, scientists and advocates, celebrating a commitment to growing the New Green Economy.”
The former Vice President has been outspoken on climate change and the needs of renewable energy to go about fixing the problem.
Mr. Gore recently met with Obama in Chicago, which fueled speculation that he was being considered for an environmental post in 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.
However, Gore says that he’s uninterested in a position in the administration.
The former VP praised Obama on the campaign trail after Hillary Clinton dropped out of the race. “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.”
The invitation to Gore’s green reception, according to the report in the Washington Times, featured a green-shaded image of the President-elect along with a quote of his to Time Magazine.
“There is no better potential driver that pervades all aspects of our economy than a new energy economy. … That’s going to be my No. 1 priority when I get into office.”