Al Gore Says Meeting With Donald Trump on Climate Change Was ‘Productive’, by Michael Bender.
Mr. Gore met with Mr. Trump and his daughter, Ivanka Trump, who is reportedly interested in pursuing climate-change issues.
“I had a lengthy and very productive session with the president-elect. It was a sincere search for areas of common ground,” Mr. Gore told reporters at Trump Tower. “I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the president-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I’m just going to leave it at that.”
Trump’s reported position:
Mr. Trump has repeatedly called climate change a “hoax.”
“Climate change is just a very, very expensive form of tax—a lot of people are making a lot of money,” Mr. Trump said on Meet the Press in January. “I know much about climate change. I’ve received environmental awards. And I often joke that this is done for the benefit of China. Obviously, I joke. But this is done for the benefit of China, because China does not do anything to help climate change.”
After the election, Reince Priebus, chief of staff to Mr. Trump, said on Fox News that the president-elect’s “default” position is that he thinks “most of it is a bunch of bunk.”
Mr Gore tries the usual sell:
Mr. Gore wrote after the election on the website of the Climate Reality Project, the advocacy group he founded. “I hope that he will work with the overwhelming majority of us who believe that the climate crisis is the greatest threat we face as a nation.”
UPDATE: Limbaugh sounds alarm as Trump meets Al Gore.
“If Trump goes south on climate change, that is just gonna be deeply disappointing and alarming because of what climate change is to the left. It’s everything, it’s everything they want and everything they believe, and it’s almost everything they can get to achieve it, to accomplish it.”