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LA School Named After Al Gore Is Polluted

From a gently bemused Los Angeles Times:

Los Angeles school named after Al Gore

September 05, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

Al Gore has had some tough breaks — like losing the presidency after getting more votes than the other guy — but the noted environmentalist achieved a singular honor last week, becoming the first vice president to have a Los Angeles school named after him.

And, fittingly, the school will be devoted to environmental themes.

But as in the 2000 election, there’s a catch. Critics say the campus’ location poses a long-term health risk to students and staff…

The $75.5-million Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences will open Sept. 13 for about 675 students.

The cost to student ratio would seem to be the real scandal here.

As he was with Bill Clinton (who has an L.A. middle school named after him)…

Imagine the jokes. Would you want to send your daughter there?

Gore is second on the ticket to Rachel Carson, the late author credited with helping launch the modern environmental movement.

Ms. Carson also deserves the credit for the untold millions who have died all around the world from malaria and other diseases that would have been tremendously curtailed by the use of DDT.

"Renaming this terribly contaminated school after famous environmental advocates is an affront to the great work that these individuals have done to protect the public’s health from harm," an environmental coalition wrote in a letter to the Los Angeles Unified School District. Making sure the school is safe "would be an even better way to honor their contribution to society."

Construction crews were working at the campus up to the Labor Day weekend, replacing toxic soil with clean fill. All told, workers removed dirt from two 3,800-square-foot plots to a depth of 45 feet, space enough to hold a four-story building. The soil had contained more than a dozen underground storage tanks serving light industrial businesses.

Additional contamination may have come from the underground tanks of an adjacent gas station. A barrier will stretch 45 feet down from ground level to limit future possible fuel leakage.

An oil well operates across the street, but officials said they’ve found no associated risks.

Which is kind of ironic in itself. Why was there no controversy, like with the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’?

Like many local campuses, this school also sits above an oil field, but no oil field-related methane has been detected

You know if we really cared about our planet, we would pump all of the oil and gas out of the earth and burn it up in some effective way. Maybe we could even use it to fuel our transportation and heating industry.

Because the district imported clean dirt, the school is probably safe at the moment, said Jane Williams, executive director of the Kern County-based California Communities Against Toxics.

And “probably safe” is good enough for us.

But she and other critics, including Robina Suwol, who heads the locally based California Safe Schools coalition, worry that the pollution sources have not been adequately identified and that the dirty groundwater could recontaminate the soil.

Everything’s under control after the $4-million cleanup, said John Sterritt, the school system’s chief safety officer…

In the spring, a school-naming committee received six options, including Pete Seeger Community School. A representative from school board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte suggested that the folk singer’s "affiliation with the Communist Party," among other factors, made that choice inappropriate, two in attendance recalled.

Talk about a distinction without a difference. What exactly is the difference between Mr. Gore’s view of economics and your average Communist thug’s?

Three meetings later, the consensus was Carson-Gore.

At last week’s school board meeting, district officials said Gore had never been contacted regarding the naming or the contamination concerns. Board member Nury Martinez speculated that, under the circumstances, Gore might decline the honor

Not if there might be a camera at the opening.

Still, as they say, ‘the best laid plans of mice and Gaia cultists go aft awry.’

We are reminded that even the Obama’s highly touted ‘organic garden’ is grown in soil from “toxic” “sewage sludge” left over from the Clinton’s sojourn at the White House.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “LA School Named After Al Gore Is Polluted”

  1. Georgfelis says:

    The Rachel Carson Memorial Toxic Waste Dump and Middle School sounds about right, but for Karma to be complete the waste should be insecticides that had to be developed after DDT was banned. Al’s name should be reserved for the Albert Gore Memorial Tropical Resort (formerly known as the South Pole Research Center).

  2. tranquil.night says:

    Everything the Left builds, be it food, an ACORN tree, a physical building, an economic strategy, or governing philosophy, is rooted in a toxic foundation. Thus the fruit of their craft is never able to escape the taste of turd, no matter how hard they try and our money they waste.

    Ah, the mysterious and humorous ways in which the Truth operates.

  3. Right of the People says:

    Just the name (Al Gore or Algor as Rush calls him) and what its owner stands for is toxic.

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