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Al Gore Says Thanks, but No Thanks to Climate Czar Role

Word on the street is that Barack Obama plans to create a "climate czar" position to lead his administration's climate change and energy policies. But Al Gore, the most likely candidate, has already said that he doesn't want the job.

Perhaps Al Gore either didn't want to fill out that cumbersome questionnaire Obama is passing out to potential appointees, or saw the position as a demotion from vice president. Then again maybe he thinks he can get more done outside of government. Whatever the reason, Al Gore's disinterest may clear the way for another candidate — California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Arnold's hummer is a hybrid. Doesn't that count for something?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
1. Amen on wanting someone with an enviromental science background. Someone who this has been their field since college. 2. Why would he take this position when he is making millions doing what he is doing. 3. Arnold has a hummer. Gore's little footprint isn't anything to brag about either.
tink08 tink08 8 years
Gore is already so much on his own... i kind of don't think he needs this job. LaurenG22 - you are SO RIGHT. People don't realize how DIFFICULT it is to get things done in Washington, even if you are Obama. We vote in this country with DOLLARS, not the Ballot!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Once he takes a position like this he will be bogged down with red tape.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i don't think that you can blame the guy for not wanting the position. first off i don't like the name climate czar even if it's just something that he's throwing out there...and 2, i think that gore has earned his own amount of credibility that he doesn't need to be appointed to a position to make a social impact. i feel like people are more aware of the environment now as a result of his lack of political affiliation (meaning that he's not VP or Pres)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I know one thing though who ever does get the job guess who they'll be consulting......Al Gore.
shoogerbooger shoogerbooger 8 years
I agree with UrbanBohemian. If Al is really truly passionate about global warming, why won't he step up to the plate? I really hope that the Arnie thing is a rumor. How can someone who owns a Hummer truly be worried about our climate issues?
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
i'd love to see al gore help obama out.
kia kia 8 years
I hope Obama offers it to Lester Brown!
janneth janneth 8 years
Come on, Al, just do it. He would be great. I love the Arn too, but I don't think he knows enough.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Al Gore is the wrong choice because he's way too polarizing here in America. Arnold I think would be a great choice.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
I think he's awesome. But I understand not wanting to get back into politics.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Ya'll are too funny. But with everyone on the 'czar' term. Granted it's not official, it still sounds, um, strange? Creepy? I don't know.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I don't put a lot of stock in the rumors about who is rumored to be in the running for these positions. I think a lot of journalists just take the people they assume would be at the top of the list and run with it. I think in this case Gore has pre-emptively removed himself from the running, but that doesn't mean he was strongly being considered anyway. I will get all into disecting the appointments after they have been made. It is hard to get excited about rumors!
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
I'm with UnDave on this one.
stephley stephley 8 years
"Czar" isn't the actual title, that's media speak. When Richard Clarke was popularly called the terrorism czar, his title was National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism. The nation's "drug czar's" actual title is Director of National Drug Control Policy. It's not terribly clever shorthand.
kranky kranky 8 years
I personally would love to see someone with a background in science and research in that position... not a career politician.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Reading this headline 'Al Gore Says Thanks...' I first thought it said 'Al Gore Says Relax' a la Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Gore really should help Obama out. I greatly respect his knowledge and passion for environmental policies, but I think he may be doing a disservice to all of us not to assume an offered position on handling the climate crisis.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
I really wish they wouldn't use the word 'Czar' in government positions. It sounds so authoritarian and creepy. Perhaps I'm just biased by the 'drug czar' title. I'm glad you said that Mich. I think that's what bothers me too. Call it the "Secretary of Climate Control" or something. Czar just sounds wrong. And I'm glad it wasn't Gore, but PLEASE don't let it be the governator either! LMAO
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
kranky kranky 8 years
(Ya'll are cracking me up.)
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
I think whenever Al Gore talks, they need to play "The Final Countdown" by Europe. Then he needs to dance around funny like Gob Blueth in Arrested Development.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Al has better more important things to do, like finding manbearpig people!
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