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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

NO SIGN OF AN OFFICIAL ROLE

Gore Talks Climate Change With Obama and Biden

President-elect Barack Obama met with former vice president Al Gore in Chicago on Tuesday to discuss climate change, declaring after the meeting, "The time for denial is over."

The meeting, also attended by Vice President-elect Joe Biden, came as Obama prepares to nominate his administration's top environmental officials -- decisions that could come as soon as this week.

"All three of us are in agreement that the time for delay is over," Obama told reporters as he sat between Gore and Biden at the transition headquarters after the meeting.

"We all believe what the scientists have been telling us for years now," Obama said, "that this is a matter of urgency and national security, and it has to be dealt with in a serious way. That is what I intend my administration to do."

Gore has advised Obama on environmental issues, and Obama on Tuesday praised Gore's work on climate change as "extraordinary."

Nonetheless, Democratic sources maintain there is no indication that Gore is interested in a job in the new administration.

-- Philip Rucker

'TRANSITIONING TO HIMSELF'

At Pentagon, Gates Has Different Changeover Needs

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is "recalibrating" the Obama transition team's efforts at the Pentagon in light of the fact that he will be "transitioning to himself," Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said Tuesday.


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