|Gore Hails Obama's Climate Goals Despite Crisis|
The Huffingont Post
January 30, 2009
Davos, Switzerland — Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore urged President Barack
Obama and other world leaders to seal a quick deal to fight global warming
despite the pervasive financial crisis.
Gore called Obama "the greenest person in the room" for making environmental
funding a big chunk of the $819 billion economic stimulus bill passed by U.S.
lawmakers this week.
"I think it's important for the world leaders gathered here to fully appreciate
the magnitude of the change in U.S. leadership," Gore said.
The former U.S. vice president and environmental advocate, speaking at the World
Economic Forum in Davos, referred to frustration in many countries at the Bush
administration's refusal to sign international pacts on reducing emissions of
carbon, blamed for global warming.
Gore, U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer and oil and insurance executives were
discussing the fate of a U.N. meeting in Copenhagen later this year aiming for a
global agreement on reducing emissions.
Questions remain over the new U.S. government's position on the Copenhagen
meeting, which is seen as crucial.
Gore remained upbeat. "The new administration is very serious about this," he
said. "We need an agreement this year, not next year or some other time."
The panelists acknowledged that the financial crisis will be a key challenge to
getting agreement on a climate pact.
Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who will host the Copenhagen
meeting, urged countries to agree to reduce global emissions by 50 percent by
2050, and said industrialized countries should reduce by 80 percent.