Al Gore boasts about daughter after she’s arrested, but others aren’t impressed

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​Al Gore is proud of his daughter who was arrested on Wednesday.

​Karenna Gore was one of 23 demonstrators arrested during a protest of a pipeline under construction, claiming climate change and safety concerns, Fox News reported.

Gore and the other protesters tried to block construction activity at Spectra Energy’s West Roxbury Lateral pipeline in Boston.

The protesters faced charges of trespassing and disturbing the peace, as they lay in a trench dug out for the pipeline, refusing to leave until they were removed by firefighters.

Those facing the resisting arrest charges, including Gore, will be arraigned Friday.

Gore, who is director of the Center for Earth Ethics at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, was proud to be part of the protest “as they made the case that there are higher moral principles at stake here that merit nonviolent civil disobedience.”

“The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should be helping us transition to renewable energy like solar and wind but instead they almost always defer to the fossil fuel industry,” she wrote in an email, according to Fox.

Former Vice President Al Gore said he was proud of his daughter.

“We are facing an existential crisis and should speed up the transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy and a decarbonized economy,” he said through a spokeswoman.

The approximately $1 billion plan which includes the 5 mile pipeline is an effort to expand New England’s natural gas capacity. Spectra Energy Corp., which is based in Houston, denounced the protest for taking first responders away from their duties, Fox reported.

“Our pipelines provide a vital source of reliable, affordable energy for the nation’s homes, hospitals, businesses and schools. Low energy prices help everyone, particularly those least able to pay their bills,” said Creighton Welch, a company spokesman, in a statement.

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