Gore Demands Peanuts To Eat in Chile, But the Pay He'll Get for Speaking in May is Anything But

8 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Gore Demands Peanuts To Eat in Chile, But the Pay He'll Get for Speaking in May is Anything But</h1><p>[Source: Santiago Times, 3/19/07. El Tiempo, 4/7/07. Miami, Santiago]</p><p>April 9 (EIRNS)-- Fat Al issued a list of stringent demands to the Chileans who will be hosting him as keynote speaker at the May 11 "Global Warming and Climate Change: Now is the Time to Act," conference in Santiago. According to <em>The Santiago Times</em> , Gore's agent has already booked a room for him at a luxury hotel, under an assumed name, and wants it stocked with fruits and nuts (literally raisins and peanuts) plus mineral water. Is Al on a diet?</p><p>But Al's honorarium for speaking--$200,000--isn't exactly peanuts. This is what he's charging the companies sponsoring the conference--the daily <em>El Mercurio</em> (which helped orchestrate the bloody 1973 Pinochet coup); the Chilevision TV network owned by Sebastian Pinera, the right-wing multibillionaire who invited Gore to Chile, and is already campaigning to be Chile's next President; and the Oikos-Chile environmental NGO, also linked to the fascist Pinera. There are unconfirmed reports that the Canadian Barrick Gold, closely linked to Bush family interests, is another sponsor.</p><p>Gore says he'll only offer a few suggestions for "healthy changes" to his Chilean audience: using energy-saving light bulbs, reducing automobile use, more recycling, using less hot water, lowering the thermostat, proper tire pressure, and planting a tree. Fat Al also insists he'll track his trip's carbon emissions, and make a donation so it will be "carbon neutral." Reportedly, he'll only use hybrid vehicles while in Santiago. But some Chilean observers point out there's a discrepancy between what Gore preaches and the gigantic quantities of energy he consumes at his Tennessee mansion.</p></div></body>