Speaking at the high school in Concord, New Hampshire, Vice President Albert Gore boasted about his publicizing the dangers of toxic waste in Congress 20 years before. "I looked around the country [for toxic waste-contaminated sites]. I found a little place in upstate New York called Love Canal," he said, referring to the Niagara homes evacuated in August 1978 because of chemical contamination. "I had the first hearing on that issue ... I was the one that started it all," he added. —(Washington Post, Dec. 1, 1999) Gore`s claims about Love Canal — and his avoiding the fact that his hearings were held a couple of months after President Carter had already "found" the neighborhood and had already declared it a disaster area — were reminiscent of Gore's many other attempts to puff up the facts about his importance to, and impact on, events.
On nationwide TV (CNN) on March 9, 1999, Albert Gore told Wolf Blitzer: "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the internet." (fact: the Defense Department commissioned the ARPANET in 1969 when Gore was 21 years old, 8 years before his first run for congress.
"The Pacific Yew can be cut down and processed to produce a potent chemical, taxol [Gore must absolutely love that name!], which offers some promise of curing certain forms of lung, breast and ovarian cancer in patients who would otherwise quickly die. It seems an easy choice -- sacrifice the tree for a human life — until one learns that three trees must be destroyed for each patient treated." — Gore, in Earth in the Balance