DETROIT - Vice President Al Gore came here last week to praise the auto industry, not to bury it.
During a speech to the Economic Club of Detroit on Friday, May 8, the vice president softened the environmental message that has made him unpopular with many automotive executives.
He even quoted General Motors Chairman Jack Smith as saying issues like global warming 'demand changes from all industries.'
The previous day, Gore had met with Smith and other top Big 3 executives.
'I know that today's American auto industry is committed to building not only the best and most competitive cars, but also the safest and cleanest cars in the world,' Gore said.
When asked about the problems new EPA regulations may cause, Gore said, 'Environmental objectives and economic goals must be pursued simultaneously.'