The much-ballyhooed meeting between former Vice President and climate change campaigner Al Gore and Ivanka Trump, daughter to the President-Elect, may have turned out somewhat differently than many had expected, with the meeting turning into a three-way conversation with President-Elect Donald Trump.
There was much hype and expectation for the meeting between Al Gore and Ivanka Trump, though it can be rightly said that there was a little too much stock placed in the meeting. With any luck, Ivanka Trump won’t have a “political agenda” during her father’s presidency, nor the political power to justify having an agenda — though, only time will tell; the politics and rules of the Transition vary wildly from the actual Administration.
Nevertheless, a meeting which was originally intended to just be between Al Gore and Ivanka Trump, with maybe a smidgen of time with the President-Elect, apparently turned into a much longer meeting with all three of them.
“I had a lengthy and very productive session with the president-elect,” Mr. Gore told reporters at Trump Tower. “It was a sincere search for areas of common ground. 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.”
One hopes that a meeting with someone as passionate about climate change as Al Gore is could be more than just a publicity stunt. Donald Trump has since received an Open Letter from more than 800 earth scientists and energy experts urging him to take climate change seriously, and to take 6 key steps to address climate change. The letter is also accompanied by a public petition, found here.
Widely known to have described climate change as a Chinese hoax (which does beggar belief, when you really think about the implications Trump is making), and promising to pull America from its Paris Agreement, Donald Trump has made the first steps towards accomplishing these promises by appointing climate deniers and sceptics to key political positions with direct oversight over the country’s climate and energy policy.
So, how much good could one meeting with Al Gore have done — even if Ivanka Trump is promising to make climate change her signature issue (whatever that means)?
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