Al Gore says Obama must veto ‘atrocity’ of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
Former vice-president says oil pipeline is ‘really a losing proposition’ and demands climate plan promised at inauguration
Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 15 June 2013 11.01 EDT
Al Gore has called on Barack Obama to veto the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, describing it as “an atrocity”.
The former vice-president said in an interview on Friday that he hoped Obama would follow the example of British Columbia, which last week rejected a similar pipeline project, and shut down the Keystone XL.
“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,” he told the Guardian. “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 ground water in the US. It’s really a losing proposition.”
Proposed route for the Keystone XL pipeline The proposed route for the Keystone XL pipeline takes it across the Ogallala aquifer, which supplies ground water for drinking and irrigation