Skip to comments.Al Gore, raising the heat on Obama, calls Keystone an “atrocity”
Posted on 06/18/2013 11:47:24 AM PDT by presidio9
From one Nobel Peace Prize winner to another, this whole Keystone XL thing is an atrocity.
Al Gore has been calling on Barack Obama to step up the fight against climate change and Keystone, most recently during an interview with The Guardian:
The former vice-president said in an interview on Friday that he hoped Obama would follow the example of British Columbia, which last week rejected a similar pipeline project, and shut down the Keystone XL.
I certainly hope that he will veto that now that the Canadians have publicly concluded that it is not safe to take a pipeline across British Columbia to ports on the Pacific, he told the Guardian. I really cant imagine that our country would say: Oh well. Take it right over parts of the Ogallala aquifer, our largest and most important source of ground water in the US. Its really a losing proposition.
This whole project [Keystone XL] is an atrocity but it is even more important for him to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, Gore said. He urged Obama to use his powers as president to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants the biggest [single] source of global warming pollution.
He doesnt need Congress to do anything, Gore said. If it hurts the feelings of people in the carbon polluting industries thats too bad.
A few days previous, the former veep made another call for Obama to take action. I hope that hell get moving on to follow up on the wonderful pledges he made in his inaugural speech earlier this year and then soon after in his State of the Union, Gore said during a Google+ video chat last week, Politico reported. Great words. We need great actions now.
Gore joins a growing number of Democrats and activists who have been voicing their frustrations with Obama over the presidents failure to match his strong climate rhetoric with strong climate action. Last week, a group of Democratic senators sent the president a letter urging him to get going. From The Hill:
Five senators from New Jersey, New York and Connecticut sent a letter Thursday
From one NOBLE prize winner to another
Al has to stay relevant (at least, in his mind)- those mansion, private jets, and limo don't come cheap.
Indeed... maybe after a good one he can find another Chakra that needs work. /smile
Oh, boy... between him and Biden.
Both. Just. Embarrassing.
These guys are competing against the cost curve so well that it's possible the pipeline wont' be needed ~ on the other hand an oil spill on a rail line is different than an oil spill on a pipeline ~ after all, you can't just turn a valve to stop it!
When is that big Wind Bag going shut his pie hole?
I’d be happy if this liar would choke on a hot dog.
And fighting wars in the middle east so we can control the oil there is good for the environment?
You don’t want that private jet to run out of fuel at 30,000 feet, Al.
I imagine Algore will step up his BS as his bank account balances continue to drop. Algore was really counting on those big bucks he was going to make with his carbon credit scam.
Al exceeded “pathetic” a long time ago.
The photographs are worth a 1,000 words each.
Gore’s hypocrisy stinks.
Well stated, BookmanTheJanitor.
Remind me again how these two asshat clowns got Nobel Peace Prizes? Oh, nevermind.
why don't you clean up the biggest superfund toxic waste dump in TN ....
you know...that big lake out back....
..where your daddy taught you to swim and fish....
yeah...that lake loaded up with toxic tailings from your zinc mine.
For example, in the Democratic Party, Vice President Al Gore has a long-time relationship with Occidental Petroleum that has been enormously beneficial to the company. Occidental's late chairman, the controversial Armand Hammer, liked to say that he had Gore's father, Senator Albert Gore, Senior, quote, "in my back pocket", unquote.
When the elder Gore left the Senate in 1970, Hammer hired him for $500,000 a year. Personally and professionally the vice president has profited from Occidental largess. To this day he still draws $20,000 a year from a land deal in Tennessee brokered between his father and Hammer. The total amount is more than $300,000. The personal relationship between young Gore and Hammer was very close throughout the 1980's, including trips on Hammer's private jet and constant campaign contributions.
For most of the 20th century, oil companies have tried unsuccessfully to obtain control of two oil fields owned and operated by the federal government: the Teapot Dome field in Casper, Wyoming, and the Elk Hills field in Bakersfield, California. Despite his public reputation as a staunch environmentalist, Gore recommended that the president approve giving oil companies access to this publicly owned land. It is land that the U.S. Navy has held as emergency reserves since 1912. In October, 1997, the Energy Department announced that the government would sell 47,000 acres of the Elk Hills reserve to Occidental.
It was the largest privatization of federal property in U.S. history, one that tripled Occidental's U.S. oil reserves overnight. Although the Energy Department was required to assess the likely environmental consequences of the proposed sale, it didn't. Instead it hired a private company, ICF Kaiser International, Incorporated, to complete the assessment. The general chairman of Gore's presidential campaign, Tony Coelho, sat on the board of directors.
The very same day the Elk Hills sale was announced, Gore delivered a speech to the White House Conference on Climate Change on the "terrifying prospect" of global warming, a problem he blamed on the unchecked use of fossil fuels such as oil. He said, quoting, "If we ignore the scientific warnings and continue stubbornly on our current course, we better begin to prepare what we would like to . . . http://www.ratical.org/ratville/Columbia/Gore+Oxy.html
hey...Algore...I got yer “atrocity” hangin’ right heah, little pal.