Al Gore Speaks Out on Two Issues Facing Obama


Saturday, former vice-president and presidential candidate, Al Gore, spoke out against the NSA spying on American citizens.  He told the President that he believed it was un-Constitutional, and was not protected by the Patriot Act.  He urged Obama to cease the practice, and be transparent in regards to government policy.  The secrecy proved it is wrong.  In two days he spoke about two issues facing presidential action.

Today, Sunday, he asked Mr. Obama to veto the Canadian Keystone XL pipeline.  He said the United States should follow the example of British Columbia.

“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,” Gore said in an interview with the British Guardian newspaper.

“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 groundwater in the U.S. It’s really a losing proposition.”

There is no gain for the American people in approving the pipeline.

First, it is dangerous.  The type of crude that this pipeline carries is much more corrosive than ‘sweet crude.’  A greater chance of a leak and environmental devastation is a possibility.

Secondly, there will be no advantage for the country, economically or in increasing our oil reserves.

The vast majority of the crude will be sold to overseas concerns.  The oil companies will increase their profits, but revenue for the country, and jobs for Americans will not be increased.

And, because the majority of what is refined will be sold outside of the United States, the pipeline would only increase the over-inflated profits of an already greedy industry.

Congressmen and Senators are quick to point out an increase in jobs.  But the only jobs created would be temporary, building the actual pipeline.  No long-termed employment would be forthcoming.

This would be the largest pipeline in history inside United States boundaries.  It would carry 90,000 barrels of crude daily.  A burst, even a small leak, could be disastrous for residents in the afflicted area.

Both issues Mr. Gore has spoken to the president about are important.  I can’t help but muse where our country would be if the rightful winner of the 2000 election had not been expelled by the Supreme Court.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express


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