Monday, June 14, 2021

CAP Founder Pushed Gore to Warn Biden on Climate Change

Here is more from the Washington Post:

A number of Democrats are growing increasingly nervous that the White House could agree to a bipartisan infrastructure deal that scales back key climate-change initiatives, prompting a lobbying push that has included former vice president Al Gore making his case directly to President Biden.

The private warning last month from the climate hawk and Democratic grandee comes as Biden faces growing unease among liberals — including many administration officials — about his pursuit of Republican support for his next major spending package.

Gore called Biden to insist on the inclusion of climate policies after the encouragement of John Podesta, former chair of the liberal Center for American Progress think tank, said people briefed on the call, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss it.


John Podesta is the founder and a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for American Progress (CAP).  Podesta served as counselor to former President Barack Obama, where he was responsible for coordinating the administration's climate policies and initiatives.