Al Gore calls Alberta Tar Sands "an open sewer."

Al dropped in to Toronto to talk about tar sands, Keystone, the environment and American governance.

‘No such thing as ethical oil,’ Al Gore tells Toronto audience

Declaring that “American democracy has been hacked,” former U.S. vice-president Al Gore told a Toronto audience that his countrymen needed to wake up to the special interests that have a grip on the levers of power in the U.S. Congress and are able to block legislation on a range of policy issues including his signature cause, global climate change.

More in the Globe and Mail: ‘No such thing as ethical oil,’ Al Gore tells Toronto audience

Al Gore isn’t overly pleased with Canada

In an interview, he criticizes Canada.

It’s not hard to understand how the economic prospects in Alberta and Western Canada have tempted political leaders to compromise what would otherwise seem to be core principles of safeguarding the human future. It’s also easy to understand, given the policy failures of my own country … all that’s easy to understand. But I confess that I was still surprised at the decisions that have been made, and I found them inconsistent with the view of Canadian governance that I grew up admiring and respecting.

Ottawa strikes back at Al Gore's remarks on oil sands as 'open sewer'

The Minister of Natural Resources is not best pleased.

“Well, he’s off the mark,” Mr. Oliver said in an interview Sunday, accusing the outspoken climate-change activist and former U.S. vice-president of making “wildly inaccurate and exaggerated comments.”

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We are 'using the atmosphere of the planet as an open sewer' Al Gore tells [Editor in Chief] John Stackhouse

Watch an interesting video of Al Gore (following a car commercial, of course)

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