Al Gore meets with Ivanka Trump and her father
Many conservatives are worried that Al Gore ascended the elevators at Trump Tower and met first with Ivanka Trump and then with the president-elect:
“I had a lengthy and very productive session with the president-elect. It was a sincere search for areas of common ground,” Gore told reporters after spending about 90 minutes at Trump Tower in Manhattan during the lunch hour Monday. “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, and I'm just going to leave it at that.”
Donald Trump’s approach to his presidency seems to include talking to former and current opponents. Far from inhabiting a bubble, he makes sure to hear the views of others. And Gore has plenty of connections to the world of high tech (he is on Apple’s Board), a community that now realizes it backed the weak horse in the election and now has few connections to the incoming administration. That is an unnatural vacuum.
It is far too soon to panic. Sharing and even amplifying my calming views, Russell Cook, one of the leading debunkers of claims that critics of global warming theory are in the pay of oil companies, makes three critical observations about the meeting:
- It could be a reasonable guess that Trump is toying with Gore. Perhaps the message Trump had was something like, "you better figure out what your exit strategy is, pal."
- But if Trump's advisor Steve Bannon is unaware of it, Gore's entire legacy is now in the balance, with the collective 'industry-corrupted skeptics' worthy of congressional investigation: "An Accusation Built on a Foundation of Sand"
- Of course, Gore has an'out': "When is a 'Climate Change Expert' not an Expert? (a question Al Gore can use to salvage his legacy)"
There is much more coming down the road for warmist dogma. Trump is a skeptic, and skeptics don’t change their minds because of a short meeting with a beefy, wealthy former vice president. Gore’s words do not indicate he persuaded anyone of anything.