IN DEPTH: Environmentalists say Gore ...

IN DEPTH: Environmentalists say Gore profited from toxic mining

There are 42 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Mar 18, 2007, titled IN DEPTH: Environmentalists say Gore profited from toxic mining. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

Al Gore has profited from zinc mining that has released millions of pounds of potentially toxic substances near his farmstead, but there is no evidence the mine has caused serious damage to the environment in ...

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gore is a hypocrite

Menasha, WI

#1 Mar 18, 2007
wow! al gore is a hypocrite? who wouda thuink it? with his enormous consumption of natural resources with his travel, homes and whatever else, its really no suprise he's a big a polluter as anyone else. follow the money.

United States

#2 Mar 18, 2007

Lakewood, NJ

#3 Mar 18, 2007
Hillary Clinton uses her vicious attack machine to get Al Gore out of her facist way to steal the presidency.

Dillon, SC

#4 Mar 18, 2007
Al Gore needs to practice what he preaches. Just another example of a two faced politician. He did fit right in with Clinton. I am ashamed he is from Tennessee! Fat a**
Mike N

Franklin, TN

#5 Mar 18, 2007
hmm he used ore and minerals where the bush administration uses the blood and bones our troops to make their millions.....personally it's pick your poison.
Little Rock via Maryville

Little Rock, AR

#6 Mar 18, 2007
I have had a problem with Al Gore for quite a long while since he was first in the White House. When I was in school Tipper and the PRC was BIG TIME against bad lyrics and how they affected kids. I mean Hollywood and the music world was WAY AGAINST them and HATED them for everything they stood for. Now flash forward to 25 years later and Al Gore and Hollywood are in bed together. TALK ABOUT SELLING YOURSELF OUT!!! I have never liked him even though he is from the state of TN. 20 years ago, talked one talk and now talks a TOTALLY different talk.

Nashville, TN

#7 Mar 18, 2007
This isn't the first time Gore has strayed from his own pro-environment stance. As Al Gore started his first run for the Presidency in 1988, Newsweek magazine reported that Gore was pressured by North Carolina Senator Terry Sanford and Congressman Jamie Clarke to ease up on his campaign against Champion's wastewater discharges into the Pigeon River. The river is clean as it flows through North Carolina until it passes through Canton and then flows polluted into Tennessee. According to Newsweek, Gore complied with their request, writing to the EPA to OPPOSE tighter water pollution control requirements ("Gore's Pollution Problem", Newsweek, 24 November 1997).

Kodak, TN

#8 Mar 18, 2007
I had an opportunity to work in a Gore campaign in the 80's. He was a pro-life cadidate then. Just because Mr. Gore has a conviction today doesn't mean his conviction won't change radically by tommorrow. I believe Al Gore was once a good man. That doesn't seem so clear today.
Cordwainer Bird

Dallas, TX

#9 Mar 18, 2007
Let’s see now: Gore got rich from mining a mineral the residue of which presents no harm to the environment. Bush and his cronies get richer and richer every day by sending our sons and daughters off to the meat grinder that is Iraq only to have a great number of them return home in body bags. Call me crazy, but I think I prefer Al.

Angier, NC

#10 Mar 18, 2007
As usual,most of you either didn't read the article or don't just want to smear the man.
Al Gore did NOT lease the land's mineral rights,his father did. He had 'no legal recourse' and had to abide by the lease.
There is no story here...just another attempt to discredit the man.The money he made from the royalty payments was peanuts compared to money he could have made from other uses.I would hardly call $20,000 a year for 30 years 'getting rich'.
Al Gore has been called a hypocrite before,usually by ignorant conservatives who are afraid of him and afraid to face the truth.Look to your own actions before you cast the stones.
Again...there is no story here.And shame on Channel 10 for giving it space. But it comes as no surprize..the large media companies are among the many rich and powerful who will likely lose their huge tax cuts and credits once the Republicans lose power altogether.

Powell, TN

#11 Mar 19, 2007
i wish al gore would just go away!!!!!

United States

#12 Mar 19, 2007
gore is a hypocrite wrote:
wow! al gore is a hypocrite? who wouda thuink it? with his enormous consumption of natural resources with his travel, homes and whatever else, its really no suprise he's a big a polluter as anyone else. follow the money.
No Al Gore isn't a hypocrite. It is his father's farm not his, & he isn't the only one in that area that receives a sm. amt.(20,000) over 30yrs. that received royalties.Read the story, where did it say he was a big polluter?

United States

#13 Mar 19, 2007
Carthage,Tn. Once again another smear tatic! You were never concerned about my small towns unemployment rate, or water before. I 'm sure the Repulicans are gearing up for anything they can dig up & belive me if you have to go as deep as these mines to find it oh well! My father worked in this mine for 20+ yrs. & I've seen what comes out of the mines & been in them. Their are factories located near the Cumberland River that also pump into it. Please get your facts straight before printing something as this was NOT Al Gore's farm it was his father's. Many other people in this county received mining royalties from the rights to mine off their property. It only depended how much was obtained from your property(I WASN'T ONE OF THEM). In what century do you think 20,000 over a 30yr.'s made you rich? If you really want somthing to bi**h about look at our present great system that is filling our cemetaries, rehab. center's, & VA Hosp.'s with son's, father's, & husbands! Oh, & what about our great Nute G. that tattled on Clinton he was doing the same thing only Clinton got caught! If this is all Al Gore can be commented on then great I'm proud he's from Tn. & Smith Co. my town. People know my town & the facts before you make too many comments!

Bronx, NY

#14 Mar 19, 2007
Perhaps if people weren't on this one track to make everything regarding Mr Gore political this article wouldn't even be here. I am so sick of reading all of this predictable dredging up of the past that really does nothing to forward any debate about the future. This is why I hope Mr. Gore does not run for president ever again. The people in this country are too damned ignorant that we would once again be spending all of our time reading this sniping garbage instead of discussing what WE are going to do to preserve this planet for our children, and neither he nor those of us 3who actually ahve a brain deserve that. But I suppose certain people get satisfaction out of judging others as it relieves responsibility from them having to actually look in their own mirrors. What a waste of time. When you get something that truly is Earth shaking to report, let me know.

Redmond, WA

#15 Mar 19, 2007
Will this man EVER go away?

Knoxville, TN

#16 Mar 19, 2007
If I'm not mistaking...and I know I'm not, I mentioned this about two weeks ago. Gore is a liar and a loser and I don't think it will be too much longer before he is really exposed.

Kind of like his environmental credits that he sells from some of his companies...he sells them to another company that he owns a major share of the stakes in...basically he is selling them to himself and hiding the money through a corporation. Just wait until a new group of scientist debunk his “global warming” theory. They are assembling now.

Knoxville, TN

#17 Mar 19, 2007
people are already debunking his junk science theories and daily, scientists are coming out saying that the earth is in a natural cycle of warming and cooling with man having no part whatsoever. we just happen to be here while its happening and have to listen to this idiot gore while he makes millions with his modern day chicken little stroy.

Oneida, TN

#18 Mar 19, 2007
he is not from tennessee. he is from washington dc.once a dyck, always a dyck. he can't even be a good viet nam vet. i wish he would just go away.
Rodney Walker

West Monroe, LA

#19 Mar 19, 2007
Why didn't you publish the names of the numerous other land owners involved in the leasing?
Are you just against jobs for the area that might pay more than minimum wage?
Perhaps you just wanted to vilify Gore?

United States

#20 Mar 19, 2007
Maybe Al needs to watch his movie.

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