In an honor that could be misinterpreted as a slap in the face, a Los Angeles school district has named a new academy after Al Gore -- the only problem is the school was built on toxic soil.
The Los Angeles Times reports that crews worked up to the Labor Day weekend to try to clean up the Carson-Goreof Environmental Sciences in the run-up to its Sept. 13 opening.
The $75.5 million facility was named after Gore, who has made bringing awareness to climate change a personal cause since leaving office, and environmental author Rachel Carson. The former vice president was never informed the school would bear his name.
According to the Times, the soil underneath the building used to hold more than a dozen storage tanks. An environmental coalition complained that the school was an "affront" to its namesakes.