Al Gore's Daughter Karenna Rejects Plea Deal and Faces Trespassing Charges After Protesting Pipeline Construction in Boston
The former Vice President's daughter says she is not done protesting the construction
Karenna Gore, daughter of former Vice President Al Gore, rejected a plea deal and now faces charges after being arrested in June for trespassing during a protest at Spectra Energy’s West Roxbury natural gas pipeline, according to The Boston Herald.
“We feel very strongly that justice is on the side of standing up to Spectra and [saying] that this fracked gas pipeline shouldn’t be put in against the will of this community,” Gore, a former lawyer, said after a court appearance on Friday.
Gore and seven others protested by “climbing into a trench, lying down disrupting the work on Spectra’s natural gas pipeline” and were arrested on June 29 after being carried out on stretchers, according to The Boston Herald.
The plea deal she rejected would have forbidden Gore from going near the construction site again, according to the report. But Gore said she would not stop protesting.
“I am absolutely going to continue to protest the West Roxbury lateral pipeline,” she said.
Gore added that she was not alone in this fight.
“All of the elected officials in this community are against it,” she said. “The only reason this pipeline is going in is because of the power of a corporation and the sway they have over the regulatory process … They’ve tried everything, and it’s going in anyway, despite what elected officials want, so it’s important for people to stand together in this way to call attention to it.”
Last week, Gore wrote an article for The Boston Globe about her arrest.
“In order to avoid the worst effects of climate change, including flooding of coastal cities like Boston, we must accelerate the transition of our energy economy away from fossil fuels like natural gas, toward renewables like solar and wind,” she said in the article. “When a local community rejects new fossil fuel infrastructure, it ought to be enough. But the oil and gas industry is now an empire that makes its own rules.”
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While her father has not yet commented on her rejection of the plea deal, he shared her article and expressed his support for his activist daughter, tweeting that it was “an important and inspiring piece.”
Gore and the other protesters are due back in court Sept. 6, according to the report.