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Much like Al Gore’s surprise appearance at Netroots Nation this summer (which seems like eons ago at this point), I am told that President-elect Barack Obama’s taped message to the Bi-Partisan Governor’s Global Climate Summit was met with thunderous applause and a standing ovation.

President-elect Obama’s remarks should quiet any remaining suspicions that his campaign pledges — the strongest energy and environmental platform by a presidential candidate ever — were merely fleeting campaign promises to be discarded after Election Day. (Though it should have long since been clear to anyone paying attention that Obama is very serious about clean energy.) Obama said over and over during the campaign that energy would be priority number one. Tuesday’s message left no doubt that his administration is committed to strong domestic and international efforts to combat global warming and that he will make the serious investments needed to make the clean energy future a reality. Watch here. Excerpts below.

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