Skip to comments.Gore backs Obama on Keystone rejection
Posted on 01/24/2012 8:43:37 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Gore backs Obama on Keystone rejection By Ben Geman - 01/24/12 10:49 AM ET
Al Gore says President Obama made the right call when he denied a permit for the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
The former vice president, on his blog Monday evening, lauded environmentalists who battled TransCanada Corp.s project to bring oil sands crude from Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries.
This is an important win not only for the thousands of activists who risked arrest and for the hundreds who went to jail but for all of us who want to try and roll back the effects of the climate crisis, not magnify them, Gore said.
Environmentalists opposed the project due to greenhouse gas emissions and other ecological damage from Albertas oil sands projects, fear of spills along the pipeline route and other factors.
Obama, however, said on Jan. 18 that he was not rejecting the project on the merits but rather because Republicans placed what he called an arbitrary decision timeline in Decembers payroll tax cut extension measure.
The State Department, which headed the federal review of Keystone XL, has invited TransCanada to reapply, and the company intends to do so. Gore, in his post, says opponents need to be ready.
Many have noted the continuing risk that advocates of the pipeline will come back with a modified proposal backed by lobbying and campaign contributions and that following the election this fall this issue may yet resurface in the first part of 2013. As a result opponents of the Keystone pipeline must remain engaged and prepared to beat this proposal again when and if it resurfaces.
Republicans and business groups have hammered Obama over the rejection, calling it a missed chance to boost U.S. energy security and create jobs.
But Gore claims its a myth that the project would help the country, and highlighted last weeks State Department report to Congress about the project as evidence.
State, citing its own earlier environmental impact statement, told Congress: The analysis from the final EIS ... indicates that denying the permit at this time is unlikely to have a substantial impact on U.S. employment, economic activity, trade, energy security or foreign policy over the longer term.
Yawn. Gore supports a Democrat and is anti-petroleum.
Can’t be news.
Gore is just one of those has-beens desperate to become relevant again. He’ll do anything to get a toe back under the spotlight. I’ll just add him to the list with...
Some people just never figure out the 15 minute thing.
He must have stock in BNSF as well.
Well, of COURSE he does... Gore is another looney enviroweenie :p
Rejecting the project does help some countries -- Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, etc.
My theory is that every time Bore speaks out for OB, OB loses 50,000 votes. Keep it comin!
Just in case we required further verification that this was the wrong decision...
Obama and Gore may both be Nobel Prize winners, but they are morons (sad how often those two traits go together). This oil will be pulled out of the ground, and it will be burned. The question, even if you accept global warming, is whether we want it used in the United States or in China. This oil will still be transported. The real question is whether we will transport it by pipeline, which has the lowest ecological impact of any transportation system, or by supertanker. With Obama's politicized decision, Canada will send that oil across the Pacific to China, while the Middle East will send other oil across the oceans to us. In other words, everyone loses - the classic liberal "solution" to any problem.
Gore got money from Buffett as well. The Buff-man makes money keeping the pipeline out.
Gore?... who the hell is Gore?
What’s the matter, Al?
Can’t find any massage therapists to ‘take care of this’ so you have to stick your morbidly obese self into something that no one really cares to hear your opinion about?
Fat, disgusting, contemptuous, vomitous POS.
Go fly on your Gulfstream and tell us again how we peons need to conserve energy, why dontcha.
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