Al Gore sees dark clouds if Romney wins
August 28th, 2012
11:35 AM ET
11 years ago

Al Gore sees dark clouds if Romney wins

(CNN) – Al Gore said the country's environmental policy would be compromised if presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney were to become president in January.

"I would fear for the future of our environmental policy," said Gore of a Romney/Ryan White House in an interview with TakePart, the publishing arm of the company that produced "An Inconvenient Truth," Gore's 2006 documentary about climate change.

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A devoted environmental activist since his own failed presidential bid in 2000, the former vice president's comments don't come as a surprise.

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Gore continued: "They've made statements that are just completely at odds with the facts and they seem to be really in lock-step with a large part of the polluters but, just based on their public statements, I would be very concerned about what they do."

While praising President Barack Obama's leadership and progress on some issues, Gore said he "certainly understands criticism" of Obama's environmental policy.

Gore gave the interview on August 21 just two days before Romney announced his five-point energy policy at a campaign event in New Mexico.

Romney has said his energy plan will make the United States energy independent by the year 2020 - which would coincide with the end of a second presidential term, if he is elected.

In promising to wean the country off of foreign oil the Republican candidate touted policies that would create fewer federal regulations. Romney said his plan would also allow for states to have control over oil drilling within their borders as well as opening new offshore areas to energy development; starting a fast-track approval process for energy projects including nuclear power, and limiting the ability of environmental groups to file lawsuits.

In pushing his energy policy Romney criticized Obama's support for renewable energy subsidies, noting companies such as Solyndra, which after receiving government funding has gone bankrupt.

Obama, however, has supported increased oil production while also increasing regulations on offshore drilling and emissions rules on power plants.

Romney and running mate Paul Ryan will be officially nominated as the Republican Party's presidential and vice presidential candidate during this week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

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Filed under: 2012 • Al Gore • Energy • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Sniffit


    Indeed. But you have to understand, they believe that we need to be "broken" before we can be ridden. How do you get the vast majority of the populace to accept table scraps and say thank you? Starve them first.

    August 28, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Oh, but Obama choosing to put huge tariffs on imported solar panels setting back American solar panel installations a decade for political expediency is really helping the environment. I don't think so. All that did was put more Americans out of work.

    August 28, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Steve Sash

    Who is Al Gore?

    August 28, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Steve Sash
    Who is Al Gore?
    Now he's just somebody that we used to know. ( sorry, I got that song in my head...)

    August 28, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Mary

    WHATTTTTT? Steal from the poor and give to the rich? Soup lines everywhere? Essie, now we know how somebody like Barack Hussein can get elected. There are millions of morons like you.

    August 28, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    I've changed my mind about Al Gore.... why just the other day I saw a man-bear-pig.

    August 28, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. mig

    Romney 47th in the country in job creation when he ran Massachusetts. In case the ignorant in the red states don't know it,thats three steps from the bottom not the top.Elect Romney and we will be 3 steps from the bottom in the world.

    August 28, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Jennie

    So many saying such horrible things about Romney. Only if they took time to REALLY know him and his record. And the words they are saying, are ACTUALLY, what Obama is doing to America. Wake up America before it's too late. Obama swayed and hypnotized you 4 years ago and look where things went. 4 more years, Obama will REALLY CHANGE America...THEN you will HOPE that you had seen the truth. Do the truth for yourself...not just what someone else told you.

    August 28, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. marat

    Gore is a riot. While he was playing the prophet of doom with his environmental bandwagon, apparently he was simultaneously building a home that was something like 6000 sq. feet. Its laughable that he is warning the nation about a Romney win and stirring up ridiculous fears, when Obama has been a total failure and incompetent for nearly four years and has guaranteed that it will be many years before the U.S. economy gets out of debt. The amount of debt in the U.S. today is absolutely ASTRONOMICAL, with Obama having spent upwards of 1 TRILLION bucks every year he has slept in the White House. Hey Al, all of this and an unemployment rate that has held steady and I am supposed to be "afraid of Romney and Ryan?" Are you NUTS?????????????????? Give Obama another 4 years to EXPERIMENT on the American population and you'll have the U.S. as a Third World beggar......

    August 28, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Would You Look At That

    @ Essie – Soup kitchens are thriving under the welfare champion – obama. They've seen record customers across the nation!

    August 28, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Howard

    In 2008 Americans were also deceived by obama, and sold a bill of goods. Everyone got so swept up by his soaring rhetoric ... so that unfortunately, when the honeymoon was soon over, we were left with a FAR left ideologue, who ran this country into the ground. Therefore, those who voted for obama in 2008, at least had an excuse, of not knowing any better ... BUT, anybody who falls for his B.S. in 2012, is just a fool and a sucker, whose gullible lack of judgement will bring down this country ... beyond repair. America is MORE important than obama ... obama is replaceable ... America is not !!! SAVE AMERICA ... ROMNEY/RYAN 2012 !!!

    August 28, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. h2oclerk

    Thank goodness we were spared from having this absolute turd as our president. Bush may not have been great, but was still leaps and bounds better than this joker.

    The only thing that makes Gore look any better today is the disgraceful performance of Obama.

    August 28, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. dan

    Al is just afraid that a republican might not give taxpayer money to the green energy companies that he is invested in. If that happens then his deep pockets will lose some of the millions he has stole from the government in the form of bailouts.

    August 28, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Peace

    Romney is not going to win, unless all women are locked at home by their husbands and not be able to go out and vote. The math doesn't add up for him.

    August 28, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Tell the truth Mitt, Opp! it's NOT in you

    Al Gore should have been our 42nd POTUS instead of his presidency stole from him and handed down to George Bush by corrupted high court. Imagine our country without two unnecessary wars, continued surplus from Clinton, prosperity like we'd never seen before. Dustructions of Bush failed policy will continue if Miit the sketch-a-etch is elected.

    August 28, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Chumlee

    Go Al. You are so far ahead of us – your vision is clear. We are doomed if the Republics get their way.

    We are doomed. They care only about big oil, big corporations, Wall Street, banks, big pharm. They
    care nothing about Americans because they live in a bubble. When the bubble finally bursts because of what they have done to destroy our country, they will shake their feeble heads and wonder where they
    are. Because. They. Do. Not. Know one day from the next.

    August 28, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. truth hurts

    Al Gore is an environmental zealot. He'd rather we all be living in caves.

    August 28, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. mig

    Where do people who paint Obama as a failure get their information?Fox News? Getting Bin Laden and saving the auto industry alone are more than Republicans accomplished in the previous 8 years.If you want to count 2 wars, trashing the surplus left by Clinton and deregulation that caused the bank problems as accomplishments then you want more of the same if you vote Republican.How soon we forget. Does anyone remember the role another Bush played in the savings and loan disasters in the 80's. You righties keep asking for more of the same.

    August 28, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Rick in OP

    I live in Florida...we are still laughing about how George Bush beat you in 2000.
    We are going to do the same thing to Obama in November.

    August 28, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Really?

    @Sniffitt – How do you get the vast majority of the populance to accept table scraps and say thank you? Entice them into the pen with "free" meals then slam the gate closed and then starve them. Worked for all the other collectivists – for a while.

    August 28, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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