Al Gore's Daughter Arrested in Boston Protest

Karenna Gore is facing charges of resisting arrest, trespassing, disturbing the peace
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2016 2:00 AM CDT
Al Gore's Daughter Arrested Protesting Natural Gas Pipeline
Karenna Gore, daughter of Al Gore, protests at the site of Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline Wednesday in Boston.   (Kori Feener via AP)

Karenna Gore, the oldest daughter of Al Gore, was arrested along with 22 other activists during a protest Wednesday in Boston, Grist reports. The group was protesting a pipeline being built by Spectra Energy that will move fracked gas through a Boston neighborhood. According to WCVB, Gore, a mother of three, traveled from New York to join the protest. She tells the AP that protesters "made the case that there are higher moral principles at stake here that merit nonviolent civil disobedience."

Protesters—who are concerned about the safety of the pipeline for residents, as well as the harm burning natural gas does to the environment—laid down in the pipeline trench, blocking construction. Lying down in the trench was also meant to draw attention to the mass grave recently dug by Pakistan in preparation for summer heat waves. "We were arrested because the laws and policies regarding climate change are so out of step with what is required to meet this challenge," Grist quotes Gore as saying. Protesters are facing trespassing and disturbing the peace charges. Gore and a number of others are facing additional charges of resisting arrest. Al Gore tells the AP he's proud of his daughter. (Read more Al Gore stories.)

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