Gore: Obama has 'failed'
June 22nd, 2011
11:35 AM ET

Gore: Obama has 'failed'


Looks like Al Gore is getting tough on President Obama over the issue of climate change:

From the CNN Political Ticker:

(CNN) – Former vice president and environmental advocate Al Gore sharply criticized President Obama's "failed" approach to global warming Wednesday.

Gore was supportive of Obama's action in the first six months of his administration, but the former Democratic presidential nominee said the administration has not made the case for action among the American people.

"President Obama has thus far failed to use the bully pulpit to make the case for bold action on climate change," Gore wrote in a "Rolling Stone" article published online. "After successfully passing his green stimulus package, he did nothing to defend it when Congress decimated its funding."

 But in a written response to Gore’s essay Wednesday White House official Clark Stevens outlined a number of policies the administration has implemented in the last 2 years, including making investments in clean energy through the Recovery Act, setting “aggressive new joint fuel economy and emissions standards for cars and trucks,” and “reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 960 million metric tons.” (READ MORE HERE)


Topics: President Obama • The News

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  1. Databyter

    Maybe Obama people realize along with the rest of us that the American people have seen through the attempts to make climate fear into political and economic power.

    Even the people that still believe in the hype admit that taxing carbon won't affect the climate at all. So why do it.

    Further CO2 is only a very small part of the overall green house effect, and mans contribution to the natural amounts is even smaller yet. We have a miniscule effect and even if man disapeared it would have little effect measured over a century.

    Not to mention CO2 is a beneficial gas that in higher atmospheric concentrations fosters food growth even in more difficult soils and climates, and also is the main component of oxygen production on the planet. It is absolutley not toxic in any concentrations that could be reached naturally (including man) in the atmosphere and the EPA's calling it a pollutant is a political end run around common sense that will one day soon will be repealed and seen as the power grab it is.

    Taxing energy (carbon) would be the biggest and most invisable tax in the history of man, that is why it is being attempted so dilligently. Unprecidented power will belong to those who control this scheme, and the proponents of climate scare want you to give them that absolute control. Al Gore got rich already selling the idea to entities worldwide and has to come through or meet the unpleasant consequendces.

    It is a diservice to the real environmental problems of poisens in the air and water and DNA manipulation of food crops to focus on this non=existant excuse to tax everyone on the planet to fund a power conglomerate that respects no soveriegnty.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  2. Howard


    June 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • kefa34

      there are two ways of exerting ones
      one is pushing down the other is pulling up.

      July 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  3. shawna

    President Obama went into the White House with many problems. The problems were created over the last 20yrs so they can't be FIXED IN FOUR YEARS.......... NOT BY DEM., REP. until we band together...

    June 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  4. ART

    Well go ahead vote republican and see what happens these idiots still beleive that there is no proof of global warming even when the evidence is staring them in their dumb faces, Obama has my vote ant day of the week.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Tim

      I agree with you ART!

      June 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
      • Pravin

        Response:S. E. I aritecpape your sincerity and your heartfelt belief that our naturally and ever changing climate is directly influenced by man made sources. You have been misled . but I think I can understand how you feel. I too was gulled into the Save The Earth' dogma back in the 1970s, until I realized it was just a front for Big Socialism. The baseless Save The Earth dogma you have chosen to embrace is the cross you bear'. It prevents you from examining reality in an objective manner. This is why initiatives like ?24 hours of climate reality? appeal to you, the misled faithful. You have an indoctrinated need to attend your AGW religious services regularly and generously give the appropriate tithes!Hallelujah! We Are Saved!Just remember this It?s okay to change your mind. It's OK to question the Orthodoxy and demand open and honest answers. It's reasonable and just to expect full disclosure of all data, analyses, programming code, and computer models used to support or refute the central hypothesis of AGW. This will be difficult for you. Your indoctrination is deeply seated and the path back to reality will not be an easy one. The first step is admitting you have been misled ..Ask yourself this: Are you a rational human? Could you have been misled? Could you be wrong? What if the doomsday scenarios that churn your fevered fears turn out to be entirely false? What if the much contested hypothesis of Anthropogenic Global Warming proves to be baseless or of only minor scientific significance? Would you accept responsibility for deliberately destroying entire global industries supplying and using the low cost energy to feed, house, and clothe the population of an entire planet, because you mistakenly believed a scary story? Would you accept responsibility for bankrupting nation after nation with ill conceived and wasteful spending on far less efficient energy sources and irrational carbon credits', because you saw a frightening movie and then had a bad dream? Are you personally and collectively willing to accept responsibility for the worldwide starvation, pestilence, and death that stems from unreliable forms of inefficient and expensive energy and will be a direct result of your profoundly misguided actions? Are you human?Are you human? Yes, of course you are, regardless of how effectively you have been misled. Misleading the gullible is a high human art that we are all susceptible to, on occasion. The more important question is Are you a rational human? . Are you willing to move beyond the sound bites' and press reports'? Are you willing to examine data and analyses from all sides of the issue, to thoroughly inform yourself? Are you willing to acknowledge that much of the data and analysis used to support the hypothesis of Anthropogenic Global Warming is hopelessly compromised by a host of errors embedded in the data collection methods, data samples, data recording systems, faulty data storage, inappropriate use of tree growth rings for temperature proxy data, etc., etc., ad nauseum? Are you willing to acknowledge that much of the foundation analysis using this flawed data is further compromised by a host of human selection, calculation, and interpretation errors, both inadvertent and willful? When you can honestly challenge the foundation data and the foundation analyses (and righteously so!), you will be well on your path to achieving rational human' status. You will find yourself proudly accepting the title of skeptic', as every rational human scientist must. Skepticism is the bedrock of all honest science.I want to reach out to you. Let?s be rational!

        March 2, 2012 at 2:43 am |
    • fayse

      Art, I agree.

      June 22, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  5. jcsomebody

    Obama hasn't failed. It's the stupid conservatives that STILL don't believe they should do anything about climate change. It's 2011 and these people are so out of touch with general chemistry, physics, and environmental science. They don't believe in evolution; they don't believe that humans can alter our biosphere. And yet they are insuring that any President or congressman who does can't do anything about it. So it's not Obama. He knows what needs to be done, but they are preventing him from making common sense decisions. I will never vote for a Republican for president until they finally get their collective heads out of the sand.

    I read an environmental policy reform book and there was a chapter about climate change during the Clinton administration. Well, Clinton gave up trying for environmental reform in 1996 and struck a deal with the devil (Gingrich) that delayed reform YET AGAIN. Environmental law reform has been delayed since Nixon started the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. And some presidents, like Reagan, actually destroyed most of the legislation and hogtied the EPA's hands from trying too. This is a sad state of affairs. The book went on to say that after Clinton gave into the GOP on climate change, Gore stormed out of the Oval Office like a little kid and wouldn't talk to anyone for days.

    Well, Al, my boy, what has changed since 1996. The Republican sure haven't. They are as useless, selfish, and ignorant as they were when you were V.P. This isn't Obama's fault. He knows what needs to be done. Stop attacking him, and start attacking the morons that took you down 15 years ago. It's time to man up. If America doesn't get serious about the environment soon, it's going to lead to irreversible damage. I wish the satisfaction of telling dumb Republicans "I told you so" is going to be worth it, but it isn't. This isn't a game. Let's get serious and come up with practical, tangible solutions. It's been 40 years of delaying and stalling and playing chicken with other countries, and that is absolutely absurd.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • jcsomebody

      At least Newt Gingrich has finally started educating himself on the Earth, quantum mechanics, and general science in the last decade. He has since admitted that climate change is happening. He doesn't have many practical solutions to curtail it, but it's a start! Hopefully Newt finally persuades some of these Republican politicians to read a book other than the Bible. It's embarrassing how behind the times some of these dinosaurs are. It'd be different if they were only punishing themselves by being ignorant, but they are voting on our laws, thereby punishing EVERYONE. Selfish and ignorant, and it hasn't changed since the days of Jimmy Carter (who was, in his own right, also a nutjob).

      June 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • kefa34

      If american has no history if it has know worth while tradition it
      becomes a negligle factor in the though of the world and it
      stands in danger of being exerminated .

      July 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
      • Dheo

        In all of the years I have supported this man's eanodvers and listened and read so many of his speeches this was one of his best. This is a must read but in doing so you need to dismiss your political predispositions because this is not about politics but survival. Unfortunately however, that referee he made reference to in this essay is of course actually proving his point by making this all about his attack on Obama, when what it really comes down to is constructive criticism of a president and all those who have not fulfilled their promises regarding addresssing this adequately, because it is that important. This is without a doubt the words we needed to see now. I too have stated my absolute frustration and outrage with the media reporting all of these events and not once connecting the words climate change to them because the fossil fuel industry owns them. It is blatantly immoral and irresponsible and needs to change. Without a sustainable environment we have nothing else. It is this disconnect that we must fix and as Mr. Gore stated Obama should be using the bully pulpit and bringing out the scientists to make this case in fact to the people. This is no joke. This is reality and if we don't get more serious about this we will lose it. So I too will add that tag to my postings on climate (twitter id is janearther) and do as much as I can on the Internet as I have already been doing to raise awareness and hold politicians accountable. Thank you again, Mr. Gore. I love you more than words can say.

        March 4, 2012 at 3:31 am |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Global Warming is occurring at a phenominal fast rate of speed; it IS an actual problem that needs to be seriously watched; and maybe we need to continue with the research but I believe it needs to be to more geered to protection from it. I don't believe that MAN will ever be able to turn it around completely. He may be able to halt and delay it, but he will not be able to stop it! I'm a struggling, Bible studying Christian. The BIBLE tells us that it'll be fire next time, and man will destroy himself!

    June 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  7. Tim

    Go ahead and vote Republican or just shut up!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  8. Tim

    Al Gore is an idiot! The Republicans are mocking him about global warming, so the answer is to slam the only person listening? If President Obama had the backing of cowardly democrats like you, he could get something done. Why haven’t you been bashing Congress? You’re approach is like rioting in your own neighborhood. It might feel good, but who is there to help you afterwards?

    June 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  9. patNY

    It's all over people! The oceans will be extinct of any life within a generation, and its a major oxegen producer, so, we better built that time portal to send people back in time millions of year...its Terra Nova time!

    June 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  10. Scheer

    Uh, no mention of what else Gore said? That women should have fewer children?

    June 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  11. fayse

    Well, Mr. Gore if you had won your election I am sure that you would have understood that the Republicans are going to try to block everything the President trys to do and, he has about five hundred other things on his plate at any point in time.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  12. Kathleen in WA

    Funny, "Obama has failed" is a pretty slanted and incendiary interpretation of that article. "Obama wins high marks, could do more" is more accurate, but we aren't looking for accurate here, are we CNN? We are looking for Headlines Ablaze. Not real news. Sensationalized news.

    Bah. No wonder no one wants to listen to the media any more. They are no better than the charlatans on "Reality TV"

    June 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Nick

      Couldn't agree more! In fact, I'd say most of Gore's article spoke more about how major media outlets in the US just won't referee a good public debate anymore because they're too concerned with spinning a story to make it hot (for an example, see this article's headline).

      Gore's article is really good. Rather than read this slanted summary, I'd suggest readers go right to the source: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/climate-of-denial-20110622

      June 23, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Homebody

      Well, at least Murdoch is getting his comeuppance. Nowadays all too many in the media are becoming more and more like tabloids. Maybe this recent scandal will help erase some of the harm done when news is sensationalized.

      (Curious, folks here in Texas used to make so many jokes about global warming - just a few extra-hot months, and a record-breaking drought, and the jokes are much less popular than they used to be.)

      July 21, 2011 at 1:40 am |
  13. Georgia

    Hear who is speaking after you gave away the elections years ago and became a multi-millionaire American as result.
    Way to go. Use some of the funds to help solve the un-employment in our country; go to rural areas and make a difference in the lives of poor Americans. Help solve the poverty by bringing solar energy to poor communities by rebuilding these areas even in your own State. You can do more.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • kefa34

      character is power
      character not circomstance.

      July 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
      • kefa34

        man greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers
        to things needed to be done ,
        no man can put a chain about the ankle of his follow man
        without at lest finding the other end fasten about his neck,
        really al gore.

        July 16, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  14. Liann

    We need a policy to retire ALL FORMS OF CARBON FUELS as soon as possible. There are four states burning today, one or two of them setting new records, spewing Carbon-Dioxide gas as a burn product, which is part of the self-acceleration mechanism of Global Warming. Climate change dehydrates continental interiors, which dessicates interior air, which contributes to wildfires, which adds to the speed of Global Warming.

    Methane gas (Natural Gas) is not cleaner, as unburned molecules regularly go out the flue. Each molecule of methane in the upper atmosphere destroys ozone thereby producing 25 times the global warming effect of one molecule of CO2. All the methane which does burn becomes CO2.

    We have seven times more fossil fuels needed to kill the Earth. We are not running out of fuels - we are running out of environment which supports higher life.

    The rooftops of American homes (100 million family residences x 2000 sq.ft. average floorplan) is 10% more than enough space to generate all the electrical production required presently to power the national grid. This is assuming low-efficiency 12 watts per sq.ft. polysilicon cheap photovoltaic panels with zero technical breakthroughs required.

    A smartgrid with plug-in BEV vehicles (like the Chevy Volt) will store 4 times the daily PV production, buying and selling electrons than is needed daily by America by the power grid. Hydrogen fuel cells of a 60 kW car will power 60 homes for every hour that it has fuel.

    Moving electrons is expensive - it costs $1 megabuck per mile for transmission lines for the power grid, but trucks can move PV silicon wafers from the windfields in the Dakotas to where the power is needed very economically. Turning wind into PV silicon makes more sense than pumping electrons. There's no shortage of wind or PV in that scenario, and no shortage of storage with 100,000,000 American cars and light trucks storing 20 kW each.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • kefa34

      at the bottom of education
      at the bottom of political event
      the bottom of religion there
      must be for our race economic independence.

      July 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  15. jean2009

    It is not universal health care. It is Health Insurance Reform, or the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Which is a good thing...eventually it may be universal coverage, but it is a good start.

    If we don't move to sustainable energy...wind, solar,wave we will be behind every other country. That is a fact the radical right is fiddling while Rome burns.

    Republicans are absolute morons about global warming. Just monitor plants in a Phenology garden for a season (or two) and you understand the earth is warming. Do these people even remotely understand that if a food source doesn't open at the right time, the pollinator for that particular plant may not be available to do it's job.

    The current radical -wrong is doing everything they can to block anything that might benefit this country...and you have a host of dumb-downed citizens that only care where a president stands on religion, or the color of his skin.

    Obama-Biden 2012

    June 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • dinak

      Humans are not making the world hotter. We have gone through much warmer periods before the invention of cars or factories. The earth is getting cooler. Gore is a liar. Wake up.

      July 8, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    AL GORE WON! But 'Dubya' stole it! Remember? That's why he may truly not understand OBAMAS' plight with the REPUGS when it comes to the truth about it's actual existance, nor the importance of research for cleaner, better alternatives, hopefully to slow down global warming! The GREEDY don't really care about us as long as they continue to collect their money off the backs of the 'black lunged' coal miners up in Kentucky, Virginia etc., recycling plastics, rubber and steel plants polluting the environment.

    June 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  17. i8jomomma

    of course he has failed......he's a tea bag.......so when is he gonna leave and take the rest of the rumprangers with him

    June 23, 2011 at 2:48 am |
  18. Nick

    Dear Mr. Mooney & Ms. Schwarz,

    After reading all of Mr. Gore's seven page article "Climate of Denial" in the Rolling Stone which inspired your piece. I was struck by your writing – not due to any excellent journalism – but because iit seems your article is ironically guilty of the very offenses Mr. Gore is striving to change. The point of his article is that media in the US no longer fairly referees public & political discourse. Rather than informing, our media has become enamored with entertaining (and facts be damned). Because of this breakdown in truthful discourse, politicians who wish to tackle tough issues issues like climate change are not able. Barack Obama's presidency is simply one example.

    In comparing your article's headline "Gore: Obama has failed" with the actual focus of "Climate of Denial", it's difficult to argue that the Mr. Gore's prediction that "opponents of the president will excerpt the criticism and strip it of context" hasn't already come true. (Not to make any assumptions about your political leanings).

    Mr. Gore encouraged readers to stand up to newspapers who refuse to report facts. I wouldn't claim this article does quite that, but I'm certainly disheartened to see CNN trending toward misconstruction.

    June 23, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  19. Enchanting Ethanol

    Mr. Gore, you have damaged the credibility of environmentalists everywhere by, as you recently admitted, supporting corn ethanol for political gains. As a vocal spokesperson for the environment, people believed you. Hardcore environmentalist and those touched by an ethanol plant fiasco “got it” but the environmental “light” crowd took a long time to understand that ethanol is a really bad idea. Because of wrapping ethanol in an environmental flag, even NPR was reluctant report the whole ethanol story. You have engaged in the same special interest deals for which you are reprimanding others. How sad and shameful!

    June 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  20. Meme Mine

    Funny how it's only Al Gore and the MainScream media that still worries about climate crisis from Human CO2.

    The scientists don't care about climate change anymore because they didn’t react with anger when Obama never even mentioned the "crisis" in his state of the union speech and should have been marching in the streets when all American IPCC research funding was pulled.
    Can someone besides a politician promising to lower the seas and make the weather colder with taxes and the fear mongering media, at least ACT like it's still an emergency? This was a comet hit of an emergency.
    When these countless thousands of consensus scientists are outnumbered by climate change protesters, only then will I change my "former believer" status.
    The remaining doomers of climate gloom can be ignored now while they rest in their comforting self helplessness.

    June 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
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    June 24, 2011 at 5:56 am |
  22. Meme Mine

    How many climate change scientists getting paid by politicians to study the effects not CAUSES of climate crisis, does it take to change a light bulb?
    None, BUT, they DO have consensus that it WILL change!
    CO2 climate scientists and lab coat consultants have done to science what abusive priests did for the Catholic Church.
    Oh, and thanks scientists, for poisoning and polluting our planet with your cancer causing chemicals and pesticides in the first place.
    I'd believe the saintly scientists if they started acting like climate change was a real emergency by marching in the streets and doing an Oprah special.
    NOTE: Climate change is a 25 year old specific CO2 death threat, NOT sustainability.

    June 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  23. joezstuff

    What is Gore talking about? Gore is a nut! His life is all wrong! He did nothing as a V.P.and he is a loser. Stop talkin Gore because no one is listening to you. you are such a loser! Ii am so glad that you lost to another loser. you are not credible any more, you lost it!

    July 3, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  24. dinak

    Gore built one of the most energy in-efficient homes in his state, and he had his own private plane flying him around until undercover cameras caught him and his SUV-driving wife several years ago. They always make themselves the exception to their mandates.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm |