Al Gore Daughter Arrested During Natural Gas Pipeline Protest

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Al Gore and Karenna Gore Schiff attend the 12th Annual James Parks Morton Interfaith awards dinner at Hilton Hotel Midtown on June 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
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Boston, MA

Karenna Gore Schiff, the daughter of former Vice President Al Gore, was arrested Wednesday during a protest of the construction of Houston-based Spectra Energy’s West Roxbury Lateral pipeline in Boston, Massachusetts.

Schiff, along with 22 other activists, was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest charges and was arraigned Thursday, according to the Boston Globe.

The protesters were reportedly opposing the pipeline’s construction over safety and climate change concerns.

Former vice president Gore issued a statement praising his daughter’s actions.

“We are facing an existential crisis and should speed up the transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy and a decarbonized economy,” Gore said of his daughter’s arrest via a spokeswoman.

Spectra Energy also responded to the incident.

“Our pipelines provide a vital source of reliable, affordable energy for the nation’s homes, hospitals, businesses and schools. Low energy prices help everyone, particularly those least able to pay their bills,” company spokesman Creighton Welch said in a statement.

Schiff is the eldest daughter of Al Gore and Tipper Gore and is the director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

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