Former vice president Al Gore campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Lakewood, Colo., in November. (Photo: David Zalubowski, AP)
Ivanka Trump and former vice president Al Gore will meet Monday to discuss climate change, a spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump announced.
The announcement came the same day The Guardian published an interview with Gore where he said that the threat of climate change is too pressing for people to “despair” over Trump’s election.
“My message would be that despair is just another form of denial. There is no time to despair. We don’t have time to lick our wounds, to hope for a different election outcome,” Gore wrote. “We have to win this struggle and we will win it; the only question is how fast we win. But more damaged is baked into the climate system every day, so it’s a race against time.”
Gore, the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee, was a recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in raising awareness of the dangers of climate change.
Trump has previously said that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese and vowed to cancel the Paris climate deal. After being elected president, though, he signaled at least some openness to modifying his views.
In a meeting with The New York Times last month, Trump said there is “some connectivity” related to humans and climate change.
Asked if he’d pull out of the Paris Climate deal, the president-elect said, “I’m going to take a look at it.”
Politico recently reported that Ivanka Trump planned to focus on climate change during her father’s presidency.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller said Monday that the president-elect had no plans to meet with Gore.
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