Add Al Gore to the chorus of environmentalists who say it’s time for President Barack Obama to get serious about climate change.
The former vice president used a Google+ plus video chat Tuesday to tell supporters that Obama needs to go beyond his “great words” on the topic, and to lament that the president has yet to assemble a team to spearhead his second-term climate agenda.
Gore echoed the complaints of other green activists who say Obama isn’t moving fast enough — and who are pleading with him not to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.
“I hope that he’ll get moving on to follow up on the wonderful pledges he made in his inaugural speech earlier this year and then soon after in his State of the Union,” Gore said. “Great words. We need great actions now.”
Sigh. The strictest EPA regulations on coal isn't enough, but a moot point compared to the energy industry's lobbying of Congress and states over fracking. Yes, the President has a long way to go on climate change, but look who he's trying to deal with: Republicans who refuse to even admit it exists. The problem isn't President Obama's will here, it's GOP politicians in the pocket of Big Energy.
Surely Al remembers that, right?