Vice President Al Gore's environmental group, Alliance for Climate Protection, has started to criticize actions taken by President Obama supporting offshore oil drilling – and as if to underline the point, Gore this week tweeted praise for a column making some of the criticisms.
"Another great post from Maggie Fox," the former vice president tweeted on Wednesday, providing a link to a column by Alliance president and CEO Maggie Fox in the National Journal in which she wrote that expanded oil drilling — as President Obama last week said his administration would approve — "will simply continue our reliance on dirty fossil fuels, while doing little to reduce our dependence on foreign oil."
Fox wrote that President Obama "must now deliver a comprehensive plan for curbing carbon pollution so we can invest in the clean energy technologies we will need in the 21st century. The longer we spend time discussing whether and where to drill for oil, the longer we delay a more comprehensive solution. … What we need now is presidential leadership on comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation, which can end our reliance on foreign oil, create jobs and make our country more secure."
The former vice president posted Fox's column on his blog, as well.
On March 31, Fox issued a statement saying the president's plan "continues our reliance on dirty fossil fuels – we cannot simply drill our way to energy security."