A daughter of former Vice President Al Gore was arrested on Wednesday, along with 22 other people, while protesting the construction of a natural gas pipeline in Massachusetts.
The arrests happened at Spectra Energy’s West Roxbury Lateral pipeline, near Boston.
Karenna Gore laid down inside a trench dug for the pipeline and refused to move. Firefighters eventually removed her and other protesters from the trenches.
Gore faces resisting arrest charges is due to be arraigned in court on Friday.
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Gore told Democracy Now, “I was very proud to be a part of a group that included a lot of local clergy here in the West Roxbury area, in the Boston area. And we were arrested because the laws and policies regarding climate change are so out of step with what is required to meet this challenge. And we wanted to, in the tradition of nonviolent civil disobedience, draw attention and call for what — to do the right thing.”
The 42-year-old is the oldest daughter of former Vice President Gore and currently serves as the director for the Center of Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
“The 5-mile pipeline is part of a larger, roughly $1 billion plan to expand natural gas capacity in New England,” the New York Post reported.
Gore’s father is a very prominent climate change activist and was featured in the 2006 Oscar-winning documentary film An Inconvenient Truth. Among the dire predictions in the movie that have proven not to be true were that carbon dioxide emissions would cause a significant increase in the Earth’s temperatures, leading to a melting polar ice cap, rising seas and more frequent violent storms like 2005’s F5 Hurricane Katrina.
Temperatures have not increased significantly, the polar ice cap has been growing and the seas have not been rising, and 2005 was the last year an F3+ hurricane has made landfall in the United States.