Thursday, April 03, 2008
April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said that if elected he would ask former Vice President Al Gore to be a key contributor in shaping U.S. climate policies.
Obama, in response to a voter's question today while campaigning in Pennsylvania, said he would consider offering Gore a cabinet-level position focused on tackling global climate change.
"Al Gore would be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we solve this problem," Illinois Senator Obama said during a town hall meeting in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. "He's somebody I talk to on a regular basis. I'm already consulting with him in terms of these issues."
Obama is proposing a carbon credit trading system to cut global warming pollution 80 percent by 2050. Such a program would generate billions of dollars to invest in alternative energy sources, he said. Some of the money also would be used to help offset higher energy bills, the likely short-term result of coal- fired power plants being required to cut their carbon emissions.
"That's going to cost them money. They are going to try to pass on those costs through higher electricity prices," Obama said today. "We are going to have to reimburse people on fixed and low incomes to make sure they don't get hurt by spikes in electricity prices." ...(Click here for remainder of article.)