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Gore: Obama Has Failed So Far on Climate


Obama Gore Former Vice President Al Gore is fed up with President Obama’s failure to lead on global warming. In a Rolling Stone essay to be published Friday, Gore is calling Obama out:

While Gore credits Obama’s political appointees with making hundreds of changes that have helped move the country “forward slightly” on the climate issue, and acknowledges Obama has been dealing with many other problems, he says the president “has simply not made the case for action.”

President Obama has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisis,” Gore says. “He has not defended the science against the ongoing withering and dishonest attacks. Nor has he provided a presidential venue for the scientific community … to bring the reality of the science before the public.”

Gore is certainly not the first person to question whether President Obama is truly willing to take a stand for our public health and America’s environment. But he’s not just a big name – Gore has been a huge Obama backer. It’s gotten harder and harder to defend President Obama on clean energy & climate issues in recent months. Heck, he couldn’t even be bothered to fulfill his promise to put solar panels back on the White House.

President Obama can certainly point to major accomplishments on health insurance reform, Wall Street reform, and making the Supreme Court more reflective of America. But on clean energy & climate … would we really have accomplished much less if John McCain had been elected? And looking ahead, if Mitt Romney is the GOP nominee, doesn’t the composition of Congress make much more of a difference in what we’ll accomplish in the years ahead than which backer of tepid action on the climate crisis is in the White House?

  • especially Dirty Energy companies, in buying our Democracy, basically writing our energy laws, and preventing ANY progress towards clean energy and aggressive climate action. Not to absolve Barack Obama — or George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or George HW Bush before him — but a number of factors are responsible for this enormous FAIL.  Speaking of which, take the Senate…please!

  • MorrisMeyer

    When you combine leasing a billion tons of coal (nearly 3 billion tons of CO2), with all the very good work the administration has done in clean energy, DOE SunShot, recovery act funding for solar plants, essentially we’re treading water or losing ground.

    With all the extreme weather that is affecting our country recently perhaps it is time to talk about our changing climate.

  • Jim B

    I am not defending Obama, but with about half the country with their heads up their backsides things like climate and guns are a losing proposition for democrats so maybe that is why Obama is kind of sitting on his hands. There is no chance anything will pass the senate and will likely get worse by the next election.

    All this extreme climate stuff doesn’t change a thing among the climate deniers. They are basically brain dead from the all that brain washing from their republican leaders and wingnut talking heads.

  • kindler

    …that Gore didn’t do that much when he was either in, or running for, the White House. It’s a lot easier to squawk when you’re on the political sidelines.

    The tens of billions that Obama invested in clean energy thru the stimulus far outweighs anything Clinton/Gore ever even suggested. Other Obama milestones not touched by Clinton/Gore include raising vehicle MPG standards and launching carbon regulations.

    Yes, Gore negotiated and signed Kyoto, but then didn’t even try to get it ratified — a political disaster.

    All that said, I agree that we need to push the president and all of your leaders to do a whole lot more. Every day I read the paper about floods, wildfires, monster storms — everything climate scientists have predicted is coming true. This is not the time for anything short of full, bold leadership — and the promise of a clean energy economy only ought to make that an easier sell. It’s far too late to talk about half a loaf.