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Title: Al Gore Expresses Disapproval Of
Description: Obama's Offshore Drilling Plan


JamesAquila - April 9, 2010 02:19 PM (GMT)
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Al Gore Expresses Disapproval Of Obama's Offshore Drilling Plan

Al Gore and his group, the Alliance for Climate Protection, think President Obama's decision to pursue offshore oil drilling is a bad idea and they're letting him know, The Hill reported on Thursday.

In a recent tweet, Gore appeared to endorse a statement released by the Alliance's CEO Maggie L. Fox in which she criticized Obama's drilling plan, saying that it "continues our reliance on dirty fossil fuels."

"We cannot simply drill our way to energy security," Fox wrote. "Americans are demanding a clean energy future that goes beyond drilling and incentivizes the technologies that are critical to building a 21st-century clean energy economy. What we need now is presidential leadership that drives comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation that caps harmful carbon pollution, puts America back to work, ends our reliance on foreign oil and keeps us safe."

The statement went largely unnoticed, but as The Hill's Russell Berman reports, Gore's embrace of Fox's comments represents the former vice president's first major break with the Obama administration.

On Wednesday Gore tweeted: "Another great post" by Fox that again counters Obama's "dirty fossil fuels" plan.

When asked about the statement, Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider did not distance Gore from the condemnation.

"Former Vice President Gore did not release a statement, but the philanthropy he chairs did," Kreider told The Hill.


ErinB - April 9, 2010 02:19 PM (GMT)
Oil Drilling Prompts Al Gore's First Public Split on Climate with President Obama
by Russell Berman
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/09-1
President Barack Obama's decision to allow expanded offshore oil drilling prompted the first public criticism of his administration from Al Gore's environmental advocacy group, the Alliance for Climate Protection.

In this Jan. 28, 2009 file photo, former Vice President Al Gore testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gore's statement is significant because it marks his first break with Obama on his signature policy issue, nearly two years after his enthusiastic endorsement gave the Illinois senator a jolt of momentum following the divisive Democratic presidential primary. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)The organization, which the former vice president founded and chairs, put out a statement last week opposing the new policy.

The statement is significant because it marks Gore's first break with Obama on his signature policy issue, nearly two years after Gore's enthusiastic endorsement gave the Illinois senator a jolt of momentum following the divisive Democratic presidential primary.

Gore and the Alliance have appeared to avoid direct criticism of the president in the past when they've had disagreements, and have often cheered on the administration.

When Obama announced a plan to back construction of new nuclear power plants, another move denounced by environmental groups, Gore's group remained silent.

On the oil drilling announcement, however, the Alliance made its opposition clear.

"This plan continues our reliance on dirty fossil fuels - we cannot simply drill our way to energy security," the Alliance's CEO, Maggie Fox, said in the statement. "What we need now is presidential leadership that drives comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation that caps harmful carbon pollution, puts America back to work, ends our reliance on foreign oil and keeps us safe."

Asked if the Alliance statement represented the former vice president's views, Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider replied: "Former Vice President Gore did not release a statement, but the philanthropy he chairs did."

But Gore made his own views explicit on Wednesday when he sent a Twitter message hailing a "great post" from Fox on a blog reiterating her earlier statement.

Obama's announcement last week was seen as an olive branch to the oil industry and to fence-sitting senators whose votes are needed to pass sweeping climate and energy legislation that includes a cap on carbon emissions.

While other environmental groups have not been shy about criticizing compromises that they view as overly generous to industry interests, Gore and the Alliance have played the role of cheerleaders for Obama's yearlong push for a comprehensive bill. Their public statements have promoted positive developments in the process and lauded Obama's use of the presidential bully pulpit.

Where Gore has voiced frustration with the slow pace of U.S. action on climate change, he has directed his ire at the Senate, where a House-passed energy bill has languished for more than nine months. The Nobel laureate was disappointed with the outcome of the Copenhagen global climate talks last year, but in a New York Times op-ed in February, he said the failure came "in spite of President Obama's efforts." Instead, he blamed Senate inaction, saying it had "guaranteed that the outcome would fall far short of even the minimum needed to build momentum toward a meaningful solution."

The oil drilling announcement has divided some environmental advocates. While there is widespread opposition to the move on policy grounds, some have said it's an acceptable compromise if it helps to win support for the broader climate and energy bill.

The head of Clean Air Watch, Frank O'Donnell, said the Alliance has "by and large tried to promote an upbeat and positive message" about the climate legislation. "It's not in their interest to slam Obama," he said.

But the drilling expansion may have been a bridge too far, O'Donnell said. The policy, he said, "has absolutely nothing to do with climate."

"It's vote-buying, pure and simple," he said.

Other advocates were more surprised by the Alliance statement.

"They could have been looking for a way to demonstrate their independence," said Green Strategies President Roger Ballentine, who headed the White House Climate Change Task Force during the Clinton administration. He cautioned that he was speculating and did not know the reason for the Alliance's criticism.

Ballentine said he thought Gore would continue to play "an enormously constructive role" in the congressional debate. "I fully expect the former vice president to be supportive of a reasonable compromise," he said.

2010 The Hill

Texan for Gore - April 9, 2010 02:50 PM (GMT)
I had gotten a letter from the Alliance last week regarding this, and I have to say I don't blame Gore for any frustration that he might feel. I know Obama had spoken during the campaign that he was "open" to oil-drilling which I was not thrilled about at the time. But it was supposedly an attempt to "work across the aisle." But I'm not so sure at this point. Guess I'm still reeling from this healthcare bill that I'm trying to be open to, but I don't know.

Sure makes me wish Gore would run again . . .

Wayne in WA State - April 9, 2010 03:18 PM (GMT)
I'm not crazy about opening offshore drilling either. However, one or two areas of disagreement with Obama does not dim my enthusiasm. Compared to the Bush, Cheney, and whomever the Republicans nominate in 2012, Obama is fantastic.

earthmother - April 9, 2010 05:26 PM (GMT)
I merged the two topics started by James and Erin because they both dealt with the same information. I never know which topic will come out "dominant" (on top), so please don't be offended (Erin) that your topic came below the one James posted.

Someday, MAYBE, I'll remember which one comes out on top when I do a merge. :wacko:

earthmother - April 9, 2010 05:30 PM (GMT)
I'm glad Gore is breaking ranks with Obama over this. It shows (as we already knew) that he's a man of conviction and will fight for what's right, even if it means going against his president and his party.

ap215 - April 10, 2010 02:57 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (earthmother @ Apr 9 2010, 11:30 AM)
I'm glad Gore is breaking ranks with Obama over this. It shows (as we already knew) that he's a man of conviction and will fight for what's right, even if it means going against his president and his party.

No question EM.

ReElectAlGore2016 - April 11, 2010 09:29 AM (GMT)
It's all part of the show

Obama is closer than ever to getting the congress to pass a cap and trade bill
and if this helps get that done

:clap: :clap: :clap:

you have to give and take to get things done

that is how our system was made

AND the important thing is-
NO drilling is being done

It is just going to be AFTER it is looked into and all

It could easily never come to pass anyhow

And it allows the good cop / bad cop to be put into play.

The republicans and the hated tea party would love to have a wedge issue to divide, but at the end of the day the important part is sticking with Obama
because you only got two choices.

And Obama will serve 8 years.

It's not as if Jeb Bush and the defacto heads of the tea party (Rush Limbaugh and SEan Hannity and Newt Gingrich or Sarah or Jindal or Mittens would say
NO to drilling the entire country away including the middle of the Arizona dessert if they could get away with it.

So you got your choice

United we stand
divided we fall

Now if only the dems played as if they had 59 from day one, instead of wasting a few months, cap and trade would already have been signed.

Wouldn't it?

Now let's continue with the most historic President in 40 years.

hangingchad - April 27, 2010 03:40 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (earthmother @ Apr 9 2010, 12:30 PM)
I'm glad Gore is breaking ranks with Obama over this.  It shows (as we already knew) that he's a man of conviction and will fight for what's right, even if it means going against his president and his party.

Oh, God, me too! I am SO glad I noticed this thread before turning in tonight! I've been thinking about coming to the board and posting about this topic ever since I heard about this latest (and final, as far as me trying to stay open to changing my mind on Obama--I now am done trying to hope that I've been wrong about him all along. Unfortunately, I've been right: the man is a hollow politician, not a LEADER. He's a sell-out to big business, period, full stop.) outrage-inducing Obama move, but my net access is so limited and cumbersome, that it took me this long. But tonight I did finally post my view on it, and then I saw this thread! I had not known that Gore spoke out (tweeted!) on this. I just joined Twitter the other day and just this weekend became a follower of Gore's tweets on same. I didn't see that, as again, I'm barely ever on the net these days and have barely dipped a toe into Twitter yet. Anyway, I'm so, so glad that Gore has made his view known on this!!!! We all have to speak out for REAL change we can believe in on climate change. This is the big one. This is not a drill. And for Gore to stand up and lead the way says to all Democrats who feel the same way that it is not only okay but IMPORTANT to give voice to our dissent from the President's view and proposal on this. This issue is too important to remain silent on. NO NEW OFFSHORE DRILLING.

Yes to solar. Yes to wind. Yes to clean, renewable energy. Yes to a green economy and new jobs. Yes to pristine coastlines and booming tourism business. Yes to a sustainable future. Yes to turning around global climate change. Yes to me going to bed now so I can get up in a few hours for a big day at work and have at least some brain cells functioning. Goodnight, Gracie.




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