Obama meets business, environment leaders Wednesday

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, December 4, 2009. Obama said on Friday a slowdown in job losses was a welcome sign of better days ahead but cautioned that "we still have a long way to go" in the U.S. economic recovery. REUTERS/Jim Young

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with leaders from the business and environmental communities Wednesday to discuss climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, the White House said Monday.

The White House said in a statement Obama would meet with former Vice President Al Gore, an environmental activist, later Monday.

Obama leaves Wednesday for Oslo, where he will pick up his Nobel Peace Prize. He will attend the climate negotiations in Denmark at the end of the talks next week.

Reporting by Jeff Mason