Skip to comments.Al Gore: Keystone an ‘atrocity’
Posted on 10/24/2013 9:14:05 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
A fiery Al Gore urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline, calling the controversial project an atrocity.
This should be vetoed. It is an atrocity. It is a threat to our future, the former vice president said during a Center for American Progress 10th anniversary event in Washington.
Gore criticized the Canadian oil sands that the pipeline would carry, arguing that approval of the project would be akin to a desperate drug addict looking for fresh veins.
Junkies find veins in their toes when the ones in their arms and legs give out, said Gore, a vocal climate advocate who has previously used the drug addiction metaphor to describe Keystone. We are now at the point where were going after these ridiculously dirty and dangerous carbon-based fuels. And weve got to stop that.
Gore delighted the progressive crowd at the CAP event, listing off a bevy of facts and figures about the threat of climate change.
You think Im passionate about this? Youre damn right Im passionate about this, said Gore, who got a standing ovation. I do love this country, damn it. And our country is in very deep trouble.
Gore lamented the broad dysfunction in Capitol Hill. Its pathetic, he said.
Earlier in the event, Carol Browner, Obamas former top climate change adviser, said she thinks the president will ultimately reject Keystone.
I think at the end of the day he will say no, but there will be some twists and turns before we get there, Browner said.
Browner served as Obamas climate and energy adviser until 2011, when she left the administration and later joined CAP as a senior fellow. She previously served as EPA administrator during Bill Clintons administration.
She did not elaborate on her remarks about the pipeline.
Secretary of State John Kerry, who also spoke at the CAP event, will ultimately have to decide whether the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline would meet the U.S. national interest. He did not mention the pipeline during his speech, but he touted the economic promise of investments in energy.
Energy policy is the solution to global climate change, Kerry said during his remarks.
The State Department is expected to soon unveil a final environmental analysis of the pipeline, although the departments final judgment about the national interest is not expected for at least several months.
Approval of the project seemed almost inevitable at one point, especially after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once suggested she was inclined to approve the project. A March State Department draft analysis said Keystone would have little environmental impact.
But in recent months, Obama has said the project cant go forward if it would significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions, and he has hinted that Canada could do more to make the pipeline environmentally acceptable. He has also scoffed at Keystone supporters job-creation estimates and raised the possibility that Keystone could raise gasoline prices.
Some Republicans like Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), a top GOP lawmaker on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have said they dont believe Obama will approve the pipeline.
Earlier in her remarks, Browner gave the administration a good grade for its work on climate change and said the president has done all he can to address the issue in the face of resistance from Congress. She also touted the administrations efforts to tighten fuel economy standards, improve energy efficiency and expand renewables.
Browner added that she has confidence in current EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who she said has one advantage that Browner lacked during her time at the agency: McCarthy doesnt have to argue with the White House about whether to tackle climate change, as Browner said she did under Clinton.
Gina McCarthy doesnt have to go over to the White House and argue whether or not shes going to regulate greenhouse gases, she said. She only has to argue about the degree.
Browner also expressed confidence that the EPA will be able to complete its work on climate change regulations before Obama leaves office. She said she believes Obamas climate action plan, which he unveiled during a speech this summer, was written to ensure that the administration has enough time to complete the rules.
They started from the last day in office and worked backwards to make sure its completely done, she said.
who’s al gore?
Wasn't he that bug eyed freak who assisted Gene Wilder?
“whos al gore?”
He is the king of Atrocity, and an embarrassment to my former home, the great state of Tennessee.
No, sex poodle - YOU are the atrocity. Lying bloviating SOS.
This should be vetoed. It is an atrocity. It is a threat to our future, the former vice president said during a Center for American Progress 10th anniversary event in Washington. “
It’s amazing that a man this insane could be so wealthy.
“Gore criticized the Canadian oil sands that the pipeline would carry, arguing that approval of the project would be akin to a desperate drug addict looking for fresh veins.”
Hey Al, either they sell the oil to us or it goes to China.
“Secretary of State John Kerry, who also spoke at the CAP event, will ultimately have to decide whether the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline would meet the U.S. national interest.”
God help us with the fools in government.
Yeah, that freak.
God please take home manbearpig
Shut up Al! Your enviroscam is old news. Nobody is buying your garbage anymore. We’re busy with communist medicine and the foreign invasion of America right now. Get a job or a hobby and we’ll get back to you when we want to laugh at your wacky antics again.
Every where you look on the Bakken there is a new pipeline going in
When Gore first got into the global warming scam, it was political expediency, a way to wrap up the environmental kook vote. A know-nothing, science illiterate, who barely scraped through freshman courses in college had someone write a book for him, and he suddenly became a climate guru. He invested himself so deeply into climate fraud he can’t get out, like a Hollywood movie about a cop who goes so far undercover he loses himself in the character. Imagine, Algore’s real self must suck worse than the character he plays.
Good old Bone-head ... running his mouth again!
Gore would get a much better understanding of what an atrocity really looks like if he would just glance in a mirror.
The two biggest threats to the development of US and Canada based energy development are the two biggest threats to any American development...Global Warming Hoaxsters and Free Traders.
Al Gore is both...and many Dems and GOP are Both
I don’t know what infuriates me more: That this gasbag, as a wealthy politician who has probably never wanted for anything his whole life, has the nerve to lecture folks like me on what we need when we’re struggling to make ends meet...or that he can do this and people don’t get as enraged as I am.
He can’t; they shatter whenever he so much as glances at one.
Oh, shut up al, and go play with your chakra.
Thanks Tailgunner Joe.
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Al Gore, raising the heat on Obama, calls Keystone an atrocity
The reason the Keystone pipeline won’t get approval is that the Saudies don’t want it. They have had obama on a leash since he was young. He can’t take a shit unless they give him a kee to the can.
Pehaps the train lobby is at work: