Thursday, November 13, 2008

Gore won't accept "Climate Czar" position

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Contrary to idiotic posts by yours truly, Al Gore will not be a part of the Obama Administration according to the Washington Times.

Mr. Podesta authored a white paper calling for an Energy Security Council within the White House to oversee climate change and clean energy initiatives. The czar and the council would coordinate agencies, including the Energy and Interior departments and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The obvious choice to lead the council is Mr. Gore, whose campaign to address climate change earned him the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. But the former vice president is taking a pass.

"Former Vice President Gore does not intend to seek or accept any formal position in government," Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said. "He feels very strong right now that the best thing for him to do is to build support for the bold changes that we have to make to solve the climate crisis."

Mr. Obama foreshadowed the new post on the campaign trail in April when he told a voter that Mr. Gore would be offered a special Cabinet post overseeing climate change.

"Al Gore will be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we solve this problem," Mr. Obama said.

With Mr. Gore out of the running for an administration job, leading candidates for the post likely include former EPA chief Carol M. Browner, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
I did a post earlier this week that I later realized came from a hoax website. I apologize for the error and rather than deleting the post in disgust I should have noted that it was a hoax.