MSNBC calls Gore on his shakey environmental
October 26, 2000 3:10 PM   Subscribe

MSNBC calls Gore on his shakey environmental record and comments on how environmentalist groups are only recently endorsing him as election day jitters kick in.
posted by skallas (6 comments total)
Favorite quote:

“Ralph [Nader] has a better record on the environment,” said activist Andy Kerr at a news conference this week. “But the fact is a vote for Nader is a vote for Bush, and to protect the environment, one has to rise above principles.”

Hehe, rise above principles. I'm having that put on my tombstone! So inspiring. "A man who wasn't afraid to rise above principles!"

Chicagoans might be interested in a vote NBC-5 is throwing on if Nader will kill Gore's chances of winning.

posted by skallas at 3:13 PM on October 26, 2000

Of course, the story also says:
"He is more knowledgeable and has done more on the environment than any politician in America," says Philip Clapp of the National Environmental Trust, who has been described as one of Gore’s most outspoken critics.
posted by owillis at 3:22 PM on October 26, 2000

That's a pretty silly typo in the deck of that story:

"The vice president has come under suprising attack by environmentalists."
posted by waxpancake at 4:07 PM on October 26, 2000

The criticism of Gore is very, very lukewarm, outside of Nader's comments.

I thought at first we were going to read about another one of those "environmental" groups who are really a front for the pro-logging or pro-oil industries.
posted by Mo Nickels at 2:19 AM on October 27, 2000

Here's my take I posted on my weblog:

It disappoints me to see so many people who feel so strongly about the environment voting for Gore when Nader matches their views much better. It's true that voting for Nader will weaken Gore's chances. Bush may even win the election because of strong Nader support in traditionally Democratic states such as Wisconsin, Oregon, and Washington.

But here's my perspective: if the Democratic party really is forgetting about environmental concerns and leaving environmental advocates behind, is it worse to let that continue or to deal with four years of a Republican presidency in order to send a message to the Democrats? Voting for Nader and costing Gore the election because of it would send a huge message to the Democratic party that they need to focus seriously on the environment. If environmental groups go along with Gore just because he can win, there's no incentive for him to ever take them seriously. They can't vote for the Republicans, and they won't vote for the Greens, so why pay them any mind?

posted by daveadams at 7:19 AM on October 27, 2000

Man, that Gore is just E-V-I-L. Such a shifty eyed bastard. And what's with the EPA lowering environmental standards so that GWB can keep Texas #1 in pollution? Those 2 guys are totally in cahoots.
posted by snakey at 10:11 AM on October 27, 2000

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