Gore likens Keystone push to drug addiction
October 24th, 2013
04:58 PM ET
11 months ago

Gore likens Keystone push to drug addiction

(CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore condemned the controversial Keystone XL pipeline Thursday, calling the proposed project an “atrocity.”

“This should be vetoed. It is an atrocity. It is a threat to our future,” Gore said during a speech at a policy forum held by the left-leaning Center for American Progress.

“Our addiction to these high intensity, dirty carbon-based fuels… You know, junkies find veins in their toes when the ones in their arms and legs give out,” Gore said.

Proponents of the project say the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline will create American jobs and enable U.S. energy independence. Critics argue that the construction of a massive new pipeline carrying crude oil through the heart of the country is inherently dangerous.

President Obama is waiting on the findings of a State Department review, now in its final stages, to make a decision on whether to approve the project.

“I hope as he gets down to the … decision on this pipeline that he really understands very clearly what is at stake here,” Gore said.


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  1. just asking

    “This should be vetoed. It is an atrocity. It is a threat to our future,” Gore said during a speech at a policy forum held by the left-leaning Center for American Progress.
    -–

    no... that would be obamacare. have another cheeseburger and fries al gourd.

    October 24, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. rs

    Naaaah. It's just the GOP trying to make the Koch brothers another pile of money. The private landowners along the route (the "little people") don't count for the GOP- they can lose their land outright or have tar sands fountains when it all goes bad.

    October 24, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right vs. Wrong"

    An atrocity to be vetoed. With a unemployment rate, as it were since 2008, the Keystone pipeline would of provided tens of thousands of jobs. Of course you cannot explain that to anyone whose party is nested in a web of lies and deciet.

    October 24, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. don in albuquerque

    By Gawd! We is 'Mericans. If we wanna poisoin our water for a thousand years-well....we're gonna. Just don't go puttin' no more debt on my grandbabbies. I don't care if they don't have water to drink or air to breath. And if they cain't get healthcare.......well.......don't go puttin' no more debt on my grandbabbies.

    October 24, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    rs nailed it:

    The farmer/rancher who found oil covering 7+ acres of his land, caused by a 1/4" inch hole in a pipline is not
    important.
    The continued finding of oily gunk in the Gulf is not important.
    The largest aquifer in America that runs from Nebraska to Texas, and is in peril from this pipeline is not
    important.
    The lies about how many jobs this monstrosity would create, are not important.
    Refining this oil in a no-tax zone is not important

    "Show Me the Money" ----the new battlecry of the Teapublicans.

    October 24, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    The Kochs will make $100 billion because of their purchase of millions of acres in Canada. This is why their bought and paid for republicans are pushing so hard on this.

    October 24, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    USA needs INFRASTRUCTURE. It took two hours from Monroeville to Pittsburgh down town on nine mile 362 hwy. shame on entire America to ignore these and support GOP oil Greed. Shame. India is getting infrastructure so is china, why not USA? Shame. Use public transport–cheap, best. Transform USA.

    October 24, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. don in albuquerque

    @Jeff Frank--Totally incorrect, and total sack of crap lies. It has already been proven that at best the pipeline will create maybe 200 long term jobs. There might be a few thousand for about a year and a half for construction, and then ZIP.

    October 24, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. just saying

    yes, it is much better to load it all onto rail cars and have them derail or maybe into tankers and have them crash on the highways? does gore know that we already have tens of thousands of miles of pipelines already criss-crossing this country? why do the democrats insist on trying to turn the clock back to the pre-industrial ages?

    this oil will come to market one way or the other. the only decision to be made is if it will help give americans jobs, or people in other countries jobs. it is clear that obama and the democrats are held hostage to the radical environmentalists on the far left.

    October 24, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Captain Awesome

    He's one to talk. AlGore made about $100 million of BIG OIL MONEY selling his hardly watched tv network to al Jazeera. Indeed. Just go away, Al. You're as big a hypocrite as they come.

    October 24, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Larry in Houston

    well AL, hate to be the one to break the news to you.....surely you know what the unemployment rate is, in this country, right ? AND, let me put it this way, Al.......IF the midterms gets a GOP "Sweep" – then you better forget about what your harping about....Let me put it another way.....IF this country gets a republican elected in 2016, you better figure on peeing in the wind, everytime you open your mouth regarding drilling / oil / or keystone......

    Small Business Does Not Provide the Jobs that this country lost in the last 35 – 40 years........It's the Big & Huge corporations & factories that went offshore, that used to provide Jobs for the avg. Voter in this country. In other words, it's not the malls / barber shops / local shops/.......they don't employ Thousands, or tens of thousands, Al......The big companies have left, and that's why that suit you're wearing, is most likely made in Indonesia, or somewhere similar.

    October 24, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Heimdall222

    The Holocaust was an atrocity.

    Ted Cruz being electe3d to any office was DEFINITELY an atrocity.

    The Keystone XL pipeline is an atrocity? In comparison, not...so...much!

    October 24, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    @just sayin:

    For once in your life, read something besides Hannity's blog.

    October 24, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. don in albuquerque

    @just saying-Why not just keep it out of this country period. Canada wants it so bad, I'm sure Exxon would be happy to help them build refineries. But the truth is the Canadians don't want this garbage in their country either. And yes we have lines going all across the country. Care to count how many leaks they have had and how many streams and ponds have been destroyed, or how many still have not been repaired? Oh, and countless jobs. What planet have you been living on? Canada already sent us Cruz, that was just a warning.

    October 24, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Fair is fair

    We don't want no railroad coming thru here mister.

    October 24, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Donna

    Let's face it people. Obama doesn't give a rat's pituti about jobs in this country. He has pretty much proven that over the last 5 years. He failed even by the standards he set. It is ALL about his far left agenda. Kill the coal industry, yes. Jobs, not his priority but it makes for good speech fodder. People need to stop listening to Obama and watch what he actually DOES, because his words are only lies to distract from the real agenda.

    October 24, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Ol' Yeller

    "yes, it is much better to load it all onto rail cars and have them derail or maybe into tankers and have them crash on the highways?"
    At least the spill is limited. One of those pipelines start leaking, it could leak enormous amounts right into the groundwater before they bothered to fix it... if they could.
    Are we forgetting what happened in the Gulf so soon? I'll bet the fishermen and other busineses down there have not forgotten.
    righties certainly want us to... there is a dollar to be made.

    October 24, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    @Larry in Houston:

    All nice words, but unless you can quote someone besides the CEO of TransCanada, who said there would be
    only about 2-3 thousand jobs over a two year period, I think I will take his word.
    I hope you can, but I'm doubtful. P.S, The liars at the oil companies don't count.

    October 24, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Rich vs. Rich-er"

    Larry in Houston: You summed it up well. We are a service country, not an industrial giant, as what we used to be in the 50s and 60s. I don't know about anybody else, but as far as industrial jobs? We are slim pickins. There is so much regulatory red tape (from both partys), is it a wonder big companies go to Ireland, Mexico, Canada. Unfortunatley, people don't care "where" something is made, when the focus is on being serviced. A definate undermining of this country. Later y'all:-)

    October 24, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Rich vs. Rich-er"

    Oh, Al Gore: If your the devout man you make yourself to be, then tell us you walk everywhere. You don't use anything that consumes petroleum. RIGHT?

    October 24, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Liz the First

    The biggest lie about the Keystone pipeline is that it will create thousands of jobs. and even if it did, at what price??? if even one aquifer is permanently polluted by this monstrosity, which one accident, or terrorist attack, could cause, it will ruin millions of lives. the sane folks recognize the insanity of this project. it won't do any good for the US and the production and burning of this filthiest of oils will greatly speed up climate change. if Obama truly cares as much as he says he does about science and the planet, he has to veto this monstrosity.

    October 24, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  22. jaysy

    It seams now adays there are no do overs in this game called life because it seems as though a lot of people act as though there on drugs even some cops, but the more important part about this thing called life is that people dont have to die in order for things to happen.

    October 24, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  23. rs

    just saying
    yes, it is much better to load it all onto rail cars and have them derail or maybe into tankers and have them crash on the highways? does gore know that we already have tens of thousands of miles of pipelines already criss-crossing this country? why do the democrats insist on trying to turn the clock back to the pre-industrial ages?
    _____________
    Well, it seems obvious that our pipeline aren't doing too well, and the industry will not invest in appropriate tank cars to transport the heavier oil. Seeing as all the crappy oil is bound for export and won't do one thing for the American oil supply (but will make the Kochs EVEN richer), why bring it through our environment at all? If Canada thinks their is money in it- let them build a pipeline to the Great Lakes or to the Pacific. Let them trash their environment.

    October 24, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  24. Kathy

    This nut has made millions pumping crap into the minds of the weak, he's just scared he'll loose his edge when people realize he's a fraud

    October 25, 2013 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  25. the hippies were right

    @Jeff Frank, just saying, I'm sure if the pipeline was running thru your land you'd be happy to have it. Tar sands pipeline DO NOT crisscross America. This is not conventional crud. And please stop the jobs crap, you don't care of John Doe is working or not. Also, you have no clue what tar sands oil does to the environment so it's funny that you have such a strong opinion of something that you know absolutely nothing about. Your only repeating what you've heard on Fox or Rush. Google: CO2 isotopes. Google: tar sands oil, learn some facts before spouting off and making fools of yourselves.

    October 25, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
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