Gore Warms to Obama Climate Talk

Al Gore in Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Al Gore liked what he heard today.

The former vice president wrote a short entry on his blog thanking President Barack Obama for his inaugural address mention of climate change.

“Obama spoke powerfully and eloquently about the critical importance of solving the climate crisis,” Gore wrote. “His forceful commitment to take action will rekindle the hopes of so many that we are at long last approaching the political tipping point, beyond which we will finally start transforming our economy to sharply reduce global warming pollution and safeguard the future.”

Gore, who did not attend Obama’s inauguration ceremony today in Washington, posted excerpts of Obama’s speech on his journal at his blog.

He also tweeted his approval.

“ We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” Obama said today. “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms. ”

“The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult,” he said. “But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it.”

The thumbs up from Gore comes about a month after the former vice president called on Obama to do more in a Dec. 6 speech in New York City sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters and the Regional Plan Association.

“I deeply respect our president, and I am grateful for the steps that he has taken,” Gore said. “But we cannot have four more years of mentioning this occasionally and saying it’s too bad that the Congress can’t act.”

Gore, in a June 2012 Rolling Stone essay, criticized Obama for not using the bully pulpit of the presidency to push for solutions to climate change.


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