June 22nd, 2011
11:32 AM ET

Gore: Obama has 'failed'

Former vice president and environmental advocate Al Gore sharply criticized President Obama's "failed" approach to global warming Wednesday.

"President Obama has thus far failed to use the bully pulpit to make the case for bold action on climate change," Gore wrote in a "Rolling Stone" article published online.

Although he acknowledged the political difficulty in taking a stand on the issue, Gore said the president has facts to back up his opinions.

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  1. fernace

    I don't know how Obama gets anything done,since the Repubs criticize everything he does! As far as the climate goes, Gore needs to get in line behind the budget crisis, bringing our troops home & the GOP lawsuit against Obama, for doing excactly what presidents before him has. Gore should be backing his party & his president instead of joining the dissention!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trevor

      Um, Obama had a chance to work across party lines (which he promised during his campaigning for the top job by the way) but as soon as Obama took office, he showed he was a liar, by not working with the Republicans but instead using the Dem majority to push through his agenda. And now that the people have given the senate back to the Republicans (which would not have happened if Obama had lived up to his thousands of promises) Obama wants the Republicans to work across party lines. Isn't it ironic...

      And for the record, this is what happens when you elect someone to be POTUS who's biggest claim to fame is writing a book...

      July 12, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      I totally agree, Obama has had a few OTHER things on his plate. I'm sure he'll get it done EVENTUALLY. ROME wasn't built in a day.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • YeaRight

      Golf anyone?

      July 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • yannaes

      It is and always has been about Al Gore..He has his winnings from Norway, He lives in an elaborate mansion with all the lights on, heated swimming pool, rides around in his a/c car, gas consumption of his car about 12 mpg., flies his private jet, and his hobby is global warming..ummm and of course he got his prize from Norway for his Scientific Research and earned his PHD in Environmental Science from MIT.. he is busy,,he does not have time to deal with debt crisis, party lines, he is an important person and all he can do for his party is glorify himself.

      July 14, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • InTheMiddle

      Remember (or you probably don’t even know) the health care plan's individual mandate is a conservative idea from the Clinton years. Single payer was the liberal push. Obama backed the individual mandate. Bipartisan! If you can look beyond your own noses, you will see he has been a champion of bipartisanship (extending Bush tax cuts last Christmas is another example of several). The poisonous political climate is shrouding his efforts.

      July 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    @ bobcat2u "These changes have been going on long before humans were causing it"! Those are your words, which must mean that you do believe humans are responsible in some way! I suggest all you ostriches with your heads in the sand, read Justins post above. All those bullet points are known to be the facts. We are responsible for this planet & we must learn how to improve our methods to keep it well & functioning! It's the only one we're going to get!!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      I will for sure agree that man has definitely contributed to the destruction of our planet. And yes we are speeding up the process of global climate change. My point was the earth has experienced many climate changes before man had anything to do with it. It is obviously a natural process. But yes I do believe we are helping it along this time.

      June 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jasonleeatl

    I think what he means is that Obama has failed to shove cap & trade down the throats of the American people. He obviously is dismayed by this, given that he stood to make millions via his investment in CCX (http://bidhitter.com/news/if-al-gore%E2%80%99s-chicago-climate-exchange-suffers-total-failure-does-the-msm-make-a-sound/). When you understand the reason for his insistence that global warming is a man-made catastrophe, you see Al Gore is nothing but a greedy, liar.

    July 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Trevor

    Please leave Al Gore alone. The man single-handedly created the Internet ... so whatever he says is gospel.

    (I'm kidding for those who can't detect sarcasm over the 'net – which Gore did NOT invent)

    July 12, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. lucianne

    Probably this is the best thing that has happened to Obama lately – if Gore thinks he's too conservative, maybe people will start to listen to Obama and let the EPA function to protect us all.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lucianne

    Trevor, dear, I am not sure how you think Obama is supposed to work across the aisle when the GOP has loudly announced that they will try to stop anything and everything the president does, even if it means voting against bills they wrote and sponsored if the bills are so reasonnable that they gain majority support. The Republican mantra is "get Obama" no matter what the cost to the rest of us.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • J-Ex

      When will you bickering prions wake up to the fact that they are all the same...just wearing different team colors??

      July 19, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. lyn

    classic one failure calling another failure a failure. liberals need to open their eyes and see. so I leave with this little quote to all Nobama supporters. "There are none so blind as those who refuse to see." I feel this describes any nobama supporter.

    July 13, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • dude

      Just because we can agree that Gore is a failure whose opinions don't matter doesn't mean I share your opinion of our president. "Nobama" that's clever...I prefer "Triple Tap Obama", as in, what he did to Bin Laden, may he rest in pieces and be shate out by sharks.

      Obama is the most intelligent, accomplished, even-tempered man to hold the Presidency since JFK, (or Ike if you have to be a Republican). He may not have the sizzle of Clinton. But I think we can all agree that's probably a good thing.

      The Republicans are circling the drain. The new breed are all anti-intellectual crackpots. Liberals can be kooky, but they self correct as they are not given to unthinking loyalty to the make believe. Just look at how they turned on George Lucas when he started making lousy Star Wars movies. If Mel Gibson had continued making Passion sequels with Ewoks and Jar Jar Binks, he'd still have been a right wing hero.

      Sigh, my post makes no sense. I need to go back to bed. Hey everyone, take it easy ok? Whoever you are, you probably have good people in your life who disagree with you about politics. Try to remember that when you go online.

      Must...sleep...now.

      July 14, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. dude

    Gore would be the expert on fails, so we should probably care about his opinions.

    July 14, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Doug

    Did Gore lose half the internet in his divorce?

    July 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Walter Sobchak

    Obama's ideas were way far-fetched in the current state of the economy. Right now they should no longer focus on partisan issues, but American issues. First fix the economy, then start bickering again. Nothing is going to get done unless both parties get their heads out of their butts and realize they are the ones who are going to fix this.

    July 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ethan Q

    Memo to CNN: You know, and I know there is no law against misleading journalism. First amendment rights, yada yada. But you should also know that I have a first amendment right to ABHOR what you do with it.

    While you may be late to get the Memo, with Mordor's empire crumbling in the UK, the age of ATTACK journalism is dead.

    There is a gulf wider than the Pacific ocean between "Obama has failed" and "Obama has failed to use the pulpit to make a case against climate change."

    Playing with fire can get you burned. And you have just burned your reputation to ashes with this reader.

    Silly wabbit, tricks are for kids.

    July 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karla Katz

      uhhhhhh.... in case you haven't noticed, the UK is separated from the US by the ATLANTIC, not the Pacific (as you state)

      July 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lauren

    No Gore YOU FAILED.

    July 16, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip Chan Bridges

    I agree with Lauren. Also Gore is just trying to be relevant.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bearington

    The whole middle of the country is a blast furnance. I think Obama has done a fine job of warming this portion of the planet

    July 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
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