Obama Meets With Gore to Discuss Climate Change

Dec 9, 2008 5:31pm

ABC NEWS’ SUNLEN MILLER REPORTS:

In addition to briefly addressing the Gov. Blagojevich news today, President-elect Obama spoke during a quick press availability about his meeting with former Vice President Al Gore. Vice President-elect Biden was also in the meeting at the transition office in downtown Chicago.

"The purpose of this meeting today was to listen and learn from Vice President Al Gore on the extraordinary work that he has done around the issue of climate change," Obama said.  "The time for denial is over. We all believe what the scientists have been telling us for years now, that this is a matter of urgency and national security, and it has to be dealt with in a serious way."

Obama said that he intends for his administration to deal with climate change in a serious way.  The president-elect mentioned plans for his economic recovery package, which calls for efficient energy use and redesign.

"As I’ve already spoken about, as we’ve started to provide a framework for our economic recovery plan, said Obama.  "We have the opportunity now to create jobs all across this country, in all 50 states, to repower America, to redesign how we use energy, to think about how we are increasing efficiency, to make us, to make our economy stronger, make us more safe, to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and make us competitive for decades to come even as we’re saving the planet. And so we are not going to miss this opportunity."

Obama added that his office is going to be working with "a whole host of stakeholders on this issue, including Vice President Gore, businesses, Republicans, Democrats, consumers."

–Sunlen Miller

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