Gore: The Keystone XL pipeline is “ridiculous,” an “atrocity,” a “threat.” I’m super cereal.

posted at 9:21 pm on October 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Self-titled “environmentalists’” recalcitrance on acknowledging the reality that Canada’s oil sands are coming out of the ground — regardless of whether or not the Keystone pipeline’s northern extension is built — truly knows no bounds. It’s only too bad they don’t seem to realize that terrestrial pipelines are the relatively cleaner, safer, and more environmentally friendly method of transport for oil, natural gas, and petroleum products, and that by blocking the pipeline, they’re probably doing more environmental harm than good in the long run. A recent example, via Bloomberg:

Canadian National Railway Co. (CNR) cars are still burning and residents remain evacuated today after an derailment Oct. 19 west of Alberta’s capital Edmonton. …

The derailment of 13 CN cars, nine of which contain propane and four carrying crude, comes as regulators boost scrutiny of oil transport by rail in Canada and the U.S. The industry is drawing heightened attention after a train carrying oil jumped the tracks and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, in July, killing 47. …

Railroads are facing new rules that may raise costs as energy companies move more oil on trains amid delays in building new pipelines such as TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL from Alberta’s oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Across the continent, trains are forecast to move as much as 2 million barrels a day by the end of 2014, according to Calgary-based pipeline operator TransCanada Corp. (TRP

But let the fact that, in the lieu of more extensive pipeline infrastructure, the booming shale revolution is turning to other means to ship their products not deter the most determined of greenies. Millionaire Al Gore, billionaire Tom Steyer, and other such notably wealthy, esteemed, and self-styled environmentalists met at progressive conference today to once again decry the horrendous effects of economic growth on our planet’s climate, and the Keystone XL pipeline was a quite a big topic of conversation:

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is “ridiculous” and “an atrocity,” said former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday.

Speaking at an event honoring the 10th anniversary of the progressive think tank Center for American Progress, Gore praised President Barack Obama’s efforts on climate change, stating that he thinks the president is sincere and that it will be a legacy issue for him. But on Keystone XL, which is waiting to hear its fate from the Obama administration, Gore was unequivocal.

“I hope as he gets down to the licklog, as he gets down to the decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, that he understands what this means,” Gore said. “This should be vetoed. It’s an atrocity, it’s a threat.” …

“Junkies find veins in their toes when their arms and legs go out,” Gore said. “We are now at a point where we are going after dangerous and dirty fuels.”

I.e, his usual anti-Keystone stump speech. In the most woeful event that President Obama (eventually) approves the pipeline, the eco-radicals are threatening to cause a ruckus that they hope will be large enough to deter such an eventuality, via Bloomberg:

Critics of the Keystone XL pipeline say they’re still optimistic President Barack Obama will block TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s planned $5.3 billion link between the oil sands in Alberta and refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Just to be sure, they’re organizing a nationwide civil-disobedience campaign to keep up the pressure should the U.S. State Department recommend Obama approve the project.

Rainforest Action Network, Credo Action and the Other 98% have convinced about 76,000 volunteers to sign a “pledge to resistance.” In doing so, Keystone opponents are joining anti-nuclear activists and others who have used sit-ins and other forms of non-violent protest over the years to bring publicity to a cause.

“We believe that whether or not this pipeline is built is in President Obama’s hands and his alone,” Elijah Zarlin, senior campaign manager for advocacy group Credo Action, said. “We will engage in peaceful and dignified sit-ins if necessary to urge him to reject Keystone XL.”

The silliest part about it all? This really is the type of stuff that’s currently standing in the way of the Keystone pipeline.


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And how about that Artic ice…?

d1carter on October 24, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Give back the $500 million to the OIL SHEIKS, Fat Al Bore.

Resist We Much on October 24, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Dear Al Gore, please do us and the planet a favor by offing yourself immediately.

BeachBum on October 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM

With the Antarctic sea ice and continental ice at a record high, and with 50 years of continuous growth, Gore’s scam is looking pretty transparent.

pat on October 24, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Yes, Tipper . . . . . you made the right decision.

listens2glenn on October 24, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Algore must’ve stopped counting all the $$$ of blood oil money he got from the Qatar regime in exchange for Current.

Myron Falwell on October 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

He’s more Super Serial.

bour3 on October 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Regarding climate change, we got more of a move toward censorship by Gore and his sycophantic acolytes like the inventer of the hockey stick graph, Michael Mann. My wuwt comment:

Michael Mann yesterday called out a phys.org thread on climate change led by “our” own NikFromNYC, saying it “smells like Koch.” Really. I say that in this thread Nik has done great work, and inspired the ire of the nutcase Mann. My wuwt comment:

By the way, I’ve previously commented here for us skeptics to branch out and bring the argument to mainstream and science sites. And I specifically called out phys.org as a site for us to join and be heard.

Guess what? Now Michael Mann is getting irked by skeptical comments on physorg, and is clearly trying to get phys.org to join the likes of the LA Times in censoring skeptics.

Michael Mann tweeted: Wow–the comment thread on this @physorg_com #climatechange piece sure smells like #Koch: http://phys.org/news/2013-10-people-dont-high-climate.html

Interesting, MMann has picked on a thread that atypically does have more skeptics than warmists, but usually it’s the opposite. Now I say join the fight at phys.org and elsewhere. Mann is aware of the “damage” we are doing, so he is making a cowardly squawk. If they go ahead and admit that they cannot meet us one on one in argument, and instead employ Gestapo censorship tactics to silence the opposing point of view, then we’ve won, and we she should make a lot of noise about it. And there’s reason to continue to highlight the LA Times decision to silence skeptics. Ultimately, these type of censorship decisions will boomerang, as the public at large will realize the abhorrent hypocrisy of the supposed free but leftist press, and even more of a spotlight will be put on the astonishingly weak case presented by the fear mongering Chicken Littles.

anotherJoe on October 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Al Gore is the modern day L. Ron Hubbard…

or Jim Jones…not sure which.

William Eaton on October 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

As soon as Al Bore sells his mansion and starts living off the grid I will join him. Until then, the truth is we both love fossil fuel.

txhsmom on October 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Of course billionaire Steyer and millionaire Gore rode their unicycles to the conference because private jets are pretty damn wasteful and produce a big carbon “footprint”. Sure would be hypocritical if the dudes didn’t pedal a bike to the place, yessir, sure would be.

Bishop on October 24, 2013 at 9:34 PM

I’ve just put Gore’s statements through the Truth Translator®:

[b]“One of the riders on my contract to sell Current TV for $500 Million to the Arab oil sheiks stipulated that I publicly oppose all domestic oil production in North America. I am doing my duty, and kiss the ring of my Arab masters, who will stop the payments if I disobey.”[/b]

Zombie on October 24, 2013 at 9:37 PM

He doesn’t stand to make any money from it. He put his investments into carbon trading and the neo-crony green energy business.

Axe on October 24, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Meanwhile… Antarctica Is Seeing Record Sea Ice:

Antarctic sea ice in late September hit a 35-year record high in total volume exceeding the previous record set a year ago in 2012 during September. Records on Antarctic sea ice began in October of 1978.

Similar growth of continental land ice

Scientists have likewise witnessed a similar growth of the continental land ice, particularly in the eastern half of Antarctica. Plus, Antarctic cold fronts have been pushing much farther north than usual during the winter months, sometimes actually reaching areas of South America north of the Equator.

Coldest and snowiest in more than 200 years

This past winter across much of South America was one of the coldest and snowiest winter seasons on record dating back, in some cases, more than 200 years. Parts of northern Argentina, Paraguay and southeastern Brazil saw their first measurable snowfalls in at least a century. A hard freeze last month in central Argentina killed at least 22 percent of the 2013 winter wheat crop. Australia and New Zealand likewise had colder than normal winter temperatures as did parts of South Africa, where ‘rare’ snowfalls fell in Johannesburg.

anotherJoe on October 24, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Al Gore is the modern day L. Ron Hubbard…

or Jim Jones…not sure which.

William Eaton on October 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Marshall Applewhite.

Pork-Chop on October 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Seriously I expect one day to awake to the news that Al Gore and his followers have moved to a compound in Guyana called “Al Town”…

I used to think he was just a crook, but now I think he really believes in this Gaia crap and is now a true example of completely unhinged nut case.

William Eaton on October 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Marshall Applewhite.

Pork-Chop on October 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM

LOL…forgot all about him.

William Eaton on October 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Gore: The Keystone XL pipeline is “ridiculous,” an “atrocity,” a “threat.” I’m super cereal.
posted at 9:21 pm on October 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Best title ever. Well played.

In fact, I submit that every headline should reference South Park.

Gingotts on October 24, 2013 at 9:44 PM

How in the ever lovin’ blue eyed world can you publish more clap trap from our ex-assistant moron in chief?

Old Country Boy on October 24, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Al Gore is the modern day L. Ron Hubbard…

or Jim Jones…not sure which.

William Eaton on October 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Rachel Carson.

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2013 at 9:47 PM

You know, there’s a 3 1/2 minute video that shows Al Gore to be a complete buffoon, and easily knocks down the central claim that the warmists make, on CO2. A quick and effective debunking of the main warmist claim. A must see. I wish somehow Drudge would highlight it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg&GGWSwindle_CO2Lag

anotherJoe on October 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Or, as Pogo said, “we have met the enemy and he is Algore”. (Not even remotely us in this case)

Old Country Boy on October 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Translation: I’m losing my fortune! The truth is out!

HornetSting on October 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Al Gore is the modern day L. Ron Hubbard…

or Jim Jones…not sure which.

William Eaton on October 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

.
Good comparisons, but he’s still not as dangerous as Maurice Strong.

listens2glenn on October 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Al Gore Tells Really Awful Science Joke At Climate Summit, People Nervously Laugh

Resist We Much on October 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

omg i tried Soph — seven and a half minutes? — got a minute and a half in — i couldn’t take it. he thinks he’s a scientist. brain parts, thumbs in opposition, thoughts on the larger arc of human evolution — all flowing out of the mouth of a man who suffers from irritable chakra syndrome.

*shudder*

i’ll take your word for it. :)

Axe on October 24, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Al Gore is the modern day L. Ron Hubbard…

or Jim Jones…not sure which.

William Eaton on October 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Neither one of them were concerned about Manbearpig.

Myron Falwell on October 24, 2013 at 9:53 PM

“We will engage in peaceful and dignified sit-ins if necessary to urge him to reject Keystone XL.”

“Peaceful and dignified”? That will be a first!

GarandFan on October 24, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Man/Bear/Pig!

ninjacoastie on October 24, 2013 at 9:53 PM

What the hell is a “licklog?”

Does that have anything to do with chakras?

CurtZHP on October 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Gore is actually a despicable human being.

And when he breathes his last his name will be remembered with ridicule, and mockery.

PappyD61 on October 24, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Al Gore is the modern day L. Ron Hubbard…

or Jim Jones…not sure which.

William Eaton on October 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Well, Jones was a Social Justice atheist socialist… So that’s pretty close.

mankai on October 24, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Al Gore is the modern day L. Ron Hubbard…

or Jim Jones…not sure which.

William Eaton on October 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Al needs to do the world a favor and gather 666 of the worlds leading liberals and have a Kool Aid party ala Jim Jones style….

redguy on October 24, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Al Gorezeera descending into madness.

22044 on October 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Has anyone really looked at that man’s face? Avarice incarnate. It radiates from him.

thatsafactjack on October 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Past Pic of the Day: Book Burning Isn’t Fascist When We Do It – EnviroNazi Professors

Resist We Much on October 24, 2013 at 10:01 PM

HEY! They’re releasing all those carbons into the environment! Call the Climate Police!

Oh… the horror of it all. *sob*

thatsafactjack on October 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM

‘ It definitely is, and it’s a relatively new one. People think about geothermal energy – when they think about it at all – in terms of the hot water bubbling up in some places, but two kilometers or so down in most places there are these incredibly hot rocks, ’cause the interior of the earth is extremely hot, several million degrees, and the crust of the earth is hot …’

- Al Gore

For the record, the Earth’s core is no more than 9,800° F and its crust increases with depth, reaching values typically in the range from about 392° F to 752° F at the boundary with the underlying mantle.

Resist We Much on October 24, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Good comparisons, but Gore’s still not as dangerous as Maurice Strong.

listens2glenn on October 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

“Isn’t the only hope for this planet the total collapse of industrial civilisation? Is it not our responsibility to ensure that this collapse happens?’” -Maurice Strong, ex UNEP Director
But Gore must share the sentiment, and share this feeling expressed way before the global warming scare: “A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States… [we] must design a stable, low-consumption economy.” -John Holdren (1973), Obama’s Science Czar
And of course Gore shares this: “Obama is already setting a new historic course by reorienting the economy from private consumption to public investments…free-market pundits bemoan the evident intention of Obama and team to ‘tell us what kind of car to drive’. Yet that is exactly what they intend to do…and rightly so. Free-market ideology is an anachronism in an era of climate change.” -Jeffery Sachs, Columbia University, Director of The Earth Institute

anotherJoe on October 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Meanwhile… Antarctica Is Seeing Record Sea Ice:

Antarctic sea ice in late September hit a 35-year record high in total volume exceeding the previous record set a year ago in 2012 during September. Records on Antarctic sea ice began in October of 1978.

anotherJoe on October 24, 2013 at 9:38 PM

I would also point out that September is the beginning of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. If sea ice is continuing to build into the warmer months, there is a very real danger of our Antarctic scientific bases being cut off except for airlift. Coincidentally (or not…), the U.S. Air Force has deployed its LC-130 ski-equipped Hercs to Tierra del Fuego and New Zealand in the last few days. They normally leave the October to April runs to surface transport. But if McMurdo stays frozen, Little America could be in deep…snow.

As for AlGore’s remarks, the the only thing that is “ridiculous”, an “atrocity”, or a “threat” is that this gibbering, possibly genocidal dingbat spent eight years one heartbeat away from the Presidency.

Consider what might have happened if he, with his belief that humans must be sacrificed to “save Holy Mother Gaia”, had gotten his hands on the “football”.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 24, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Al Gore – proof that you can never underestimate the stupidity of the average liberal.

Midas on October 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

anotherJoe on October 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Those people should be jailed as clear and present threats to the national security of the country.

Midas on October 24, 2013 at 10:30 PM

They’re not concerned about Climate Change. The Keystone pipeline would not make any difference at all on that.

But the Keystone pipeline would allow the Canadian oil to make it to the Gulf refineries.

Since these refineries are already running at capacity the Canadian oil might displace some of the oil coming in from overseas to be refined.

That would be OPEC oil.

Gore and the other millionaires and billionaires are carrying water for OPEC.

Hmm, “millionaires and billionaires?” I have heard that term before.

schmuck281 on October 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM

I’m curious. We often hear of a lack or shortage of refining capability in the United States. I think I read once that the last refinery was built in the 80′s. I there something prohibitive to constructing a new refinery in North Dakota? Of course it limits export ability, but it would provide access to US markets.

jack herman on October 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM

They’re not concerned about Climate Change. The Keystone pipeline would not make any difference at all on that.

But the Keystone pipeline would allow the Canadian oil to make it to the Gulf refineries.

Since these refineries are already running at capacity the Canadian oil might displace some of the oil coming in from overseas to be refined.

That would be OPEC oil.

Gore and the other millionaires and billionaires are carrying water for OPEC.

Hmm, “millionaires and billionaires?” I have heard that term before.

schmuck281 on October 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Yes, and the Saudis and other Gulf states are funding the environmentalist whackos in Canada that are protesting and litigating against the oil sands.

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Has anyone really looked at that man’s face? Avarice incarnate. It radiates from him.

thatsafactjack on October 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM

I think that he looks as if he is thisclose to stroking out. Apoplexy is written in his stars.

onlineanalyst on October 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Seriously I expect one day to awake to the news that Al Gore and his followers have moved to a compound in Guyana called “Al Town”…

William Eaton on October 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

When they do I will personally ship them cases and cases of Flavor-Aid gratis. If they still make the stuff. If not I guess I’ll just have to send Kool-Aid instead.

Oldnuke on October 24, 2013 at 11:00 PM

We have to question our religion when a sludge of humanity like Gore is allowed to live on.

RdLake on October 24, 2013 at 11:47 PM

What the hell is a “licklog?”

Does that have anything to do with chakras?

CurtZHP on October 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Maybe it is a San Francisco thing.

JohnFLob on October 25, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Railroads are facing new rules that may raise costs as energy companies move more oil on trains amid delays in building new pipelines such as TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL from Alberta’s oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

I think one reason these guys delay pipelines is simply to raise the cost of fossil energy. We all know they think it should be more expensive. And, making it more expensive helps all the unicorn schemes they treasure above all logic.

trigon on October 25, 2013 at 12:24 AM

If the USA is energy independent how else can Manbearpig make the big bucks?

kregg on October 25, 2013 at 5:50 AM

AlGore is just doing Warren Buffet’s bidding here. Without the pipeline Canadian oil is being transported by Rail. WB owns Burlington Northern.

The pipeline would be both cleaner and safer but, would not give donations to enviro groups or Dems.

jpmn on October 25, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Filthy Filner’s evil twin separated at birth. (Look again at the picture that got you here.)

NoPain on October 25, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Thank God that fool wasn’t elected president!!

JayVee on October 25, 2013 at 7:59 AM

How’s the carbon trading exchange coming along,Al? You could make how many billions?
For being an end of the world doomsayer,Al doesn’t seem to heed his own advice much.

Dude is like a preacher who rails against sinners on Sunday but can be found in every saloon and whorehouse in the county.

R Square on October 25, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Leader of the largest doomsday cult

R Square on October 25, 2013 at 8:25 AM

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is “ridiculous” and “an atrocity,” said former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday

On Friday, the XL Pipeline responded,
” I know you are, but what am I?”

MessesWithTexas on October 25, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Al Gore is a twit.

Turtle317 on October 25, 2013 at 9:03 AM

gotta love a writer who uses south park references, I’m super cereal.
EXCELSIOR !!!
manbearpig out.
:) :)

dmacleo on October 25, 2013 at 9:21 AM

He was going to be the main guest the other night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, so of course I turned off the TV even before the show came on.

Ward Cleaver on October 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

and speaking of ridiculous atrocities, I give you the little wooden boy himself, Albore the moronic.

Interesting use of the term “licklog” by the divinity school flunkee… wonder if he used that term when terrorizing/molesting the poor masseuse he “hired” when trying get his bloated chakras adjusted.

Also like his metaphor about junkies- though it probably would have been more apt to use a metaphor along the lines of “a seedy grifter of a politician, lurking in buddhist temples waiting for the latest skimmed public monies to pump into his shady offshore bank accounts”.

This arseclown is a ridicutarded huckster, an oily greedbag armed with a tube of brylcreem, a bucket of fried chicken, and a powerpoint deck full of half truths and lies by omission.

If only he could walk out into the sea to be with the other walrii and never be heard from again.

GrassMudHorsey on October 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I wish that every time Al Gore leaves his home, and every time he returns, he will have to wait at a railroad crossing for a 200-car train of tank cars, hauling crude from Canada or North Dakota to refineries in the US.

In fact, I wish it was possible for Al Gore to spend the rest of his miserable life waiting at a railroad crossing, watching an unending stream of tank cars loaded with crude oil roll past.

J Baustian on October 26, 2013 at 12:50 AM