12th January 2013
Gore has spent his time over the last two decades railing against oil companies while profiting from them, and who is part of a party that vilified Mitt Romney for his wealth. Gore grabbed $100 million from the sale, which added to his own vast personal wealth. This puts his fortune at over $300 million, more than Romney. (Don’t even mention the people who lost their jobs as a result of the sale; unemployment is not a primary Democratic concern.)
Sometimes it is good to be a child of the crust
Gore has always been a hypocrite about oil; in 2001, Occidental Petroleum finished destroying the 100 burial grounds and holy places of the Kitanemuk Indians in the Elk Hills of central California. The politician who helped make sure Occidental got the drilling rights was Vice-President Al Gore in 1995. His former campaign manager Tony Coelho was on the board of directors of the company hired to assess the environmental consequences of the sale. What Gore didn’t tell people was that he owned stock in Occidental; before the sale of the land his stock was worth between $250,000-$500,000, afterward it was worth between $500,000 and $1 million.
Sort of a poster child for the modern Democratic party.