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Al Gore, raising the heat on Obama, calls Keystone an “atrocity”
The Grist ^ | 6/16/13 | John Upton

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 can’t 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. It’s 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 doesn’t need Congress to do anything,” Gore said. “If it hurts the feelings of people in the carbon polluting industries that’s too bad.”

A few days previous, the former veep made another call for Obama to take action. “I hope that he’ll 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 president’s 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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: algore; aljazeera; currenttv; jazeeraalgore; keystonexl; manbearpig
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

From one NOBLE prize winner to another


21 posted on 06/18/2013 11:58:24 AM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: presidio9

Al has to stay relevant (at least, in his mind)- those mansion, private jets, and limo don't come cheap.

22 posted on 06/18/2013 11:59:34 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Sacajaweau

Indeed... maybe after a good one he can find another Chakra that needs work. /smile


23 posted on 06/18/2013 12:04:15 PM PDT by ken in texas (The Obama Excuse: They never told me and I didn't ask.)
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To: presidio9

Oh, boy... between him and Biden.

Both. Just. Embarrassing.


24 posted on 06/18/2013 12:05:13 PM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: SeekAndFind
Actually the Algore is working on behalf of his friends Buffett and Soros who have substantial interests in tanker cars that carry oil on railroads.

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!

25 posted on 06/18/2013 12:06:46 PM PDT by muawiyah
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When is that big Wind Bag going shut his pie hole?


26 posted on 06/18/2013 12:06:46 PM PDT by Mark1960
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To: presidio9

I’d be happy if this liar would choke on a hot dog.


27 posted on 06/18/2013 12:11:34 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's Enemies List - Yes, you are a crook.)
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To: presidio9

And fighting wars in the middle east so we can control the oil there is good for the environment?


28 posted on 06/18/2013 12:13:07 PM PDT by grania
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

You don’t want that private jet to run out of fuel at 30,000 feet, Al.


29 posted on 06/18/2013 12:16:45 PM PDT by Zuse
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To: presidio9

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.


30 posted on 06/18/2013 12:17:08 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (23,116,441 households on Food Stamps! Now that's what I call HISTORICAL!!!)
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To: presidio9

Al exceeded “pathetic” a long time ago.


31 posted on 06/18/2013 12:29:32 PM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

The photographs are worth a 1,000 words each.

Gore’s hypocrisy stinks.

Well stated, BookmanTheJanitor.


32 posted on 06/18/2013 12:31:54 PM PDT by hawkaw
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To: presidio9

Remind me again how these two asshat clowns got Nobel Peace Prizes? Oh, nevermind.


33 posted on 06/18/2013 12:34:52 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: presidio9
Hey Al Bore....

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.

34 posted on 06/18/2013 12:46:20 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: presidio9
This is not the only source of this info, but the first one that I clicked on excerpt:

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

http://www.publicintegrity.org/reports/bop2000/pctranscript.html

35 posted on 06/18/2013 1:00:12 PM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: presidio9

hey...Algore...I got yer “atrocity” hangin’ right heah, little pal.


36 posted on 06/18/2013 1:29:54 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: presidio9
You know there is a fraud at work when he drags up the old "Ogallala Aquifer" scare regarding keystone. The Nebraska hydro geologist who has spent his career studying Ogallala has demonstrated conclusively that the risk of a pipeline leak contaminating the aquifer is essentially zero. but I guess now that warming has failed, any straw man will do.
37 posted on 06/18/2013 3:05:53 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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