Al Gore: Joe Biden Says He Was Elected President, Gore Calls Koch Brothers 'Dirtiest'

Elaine Radford

Al Gore was elected president, according to Vice-President Joe Biden in a comment Tuesday that's still making some waves. Meanwhile, Al Gore himself has gone on another attack against the Koch Brothers, who the former Bill Clinton second-in-command has accused of being "purveyors of the dirtiest energy on earth."

Joe Biden introduced Al Gore at a Tuesday night Democratic Party fundraiser for Massachusetts Senate candidate Ed Markey.

As everyone in the audience of the party faithful already knew, the contentious 2000 presidential election was decided by a Supreme Court decision in favor of George W. Bush.

According to a pool report of the fundraiser, Biden said: "This man [Al Gore] was elected president of the United States of America. But for the good of the nation, when the bad decision, in my view, was made, he did the right thing for the nation."

As viewers of his 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth probably remember, Al Gore was cast into that "little known third option" as neither quite the winner or loser of the 2000 presidential campaign. As he introduced himself in that film, "I am Al Gore; I used to be the next President of the United States."

But to some people it's a little more interesting when an actual sitting Vice-President says it.

Al Gore is currently campaigning against the XL Pipeline and the development of tar sands in Canada and the United States. In a Tuesday Google+ Conversation, Gore said:

"[T]hey want to put a pipeline right down through very environmentally sensitive parts of our country so they can export it from the Gulf of Mexico to China...Well, the hell with that. It's the dirtiest form of fuel on the planet, except for its byproduct, petroleum coke, or pet coke, that's piling up on the Detroit River right now, part of it, thanks to the Koch brothers -- the purveyors of the dirtiest energy on earth."

Here's a copy of Al Gore's Koch Brothers blast right here.

I apologize in advance to Democrats and global warming activists in general if you're offended. The video was clearly posted by an opponent of Gore's but I don't think it reflects badly on him.

In my opinion, there's nothing all that controversial about Al Gore's slam against the Koch Brothers. I personally happen to think he's right.

But we're open to all sides here, so feel free to fire away in the comments. What are your thoughts on the Joe Biden and Koch Brother comments that have thrust Al Gore back into the news?

[Al Gore photo by Erik Charlton via Wikimedia Commons]