Al Gore heats up Peru

As you know how much I appreciate Al Gore’s contribution to human development, you will be pleased to hear that he is coming to Peru to attend a big three-day conference on the environment .  It costs 30 Peruvian Soles per day, unless you want to attend the big man’s speech itself which will then set you back 1800 soles.  That’s about two months average wages, (the minimum wage here is 550 soles or $200 a month). 

 I have it on good authority (H/T to Alex), that his list of requirements includes no time allowed for questions, no press interviews and only 100 photographs allowed.  I guess he has an aid counting the number of flashes – and no time for inconvienent questions on the increasing Polar bear population .  He flies in, gives his ‘we are all destroying the planet’ spiel and then ka-ching he’s gone.

Now I am all in favour of not wasting resources and protecting the pristine Peruvian forest from over-logging.  However, there is a certain irony in someone who’s own lifestyle emits copious amounts of carbon dioxide, ……

According to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research (TCPR), “Gore’s home consumes more electricity every month than the average household uses in an entire year.”  “Gore’s heated pool house alone uses more than $500 in electricity every month.”

 ….flying in on his private jet to lecture my maintenance man, who hadn’t even experienced electricity until he was 18, to switch of his lights.

 With Al Gore’s extensive investments in the Green Industry, I hope this has nothing to do with the latest environmental boondoggle.

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  1. #1 by Tom Sperrin on October 2, 2010 - 8:39 pm

    I thought that Al Gore was so busy speaking up for Democratic candidates in the US that he wouldn’t have time to visit Peru. Apparently he is doing so without mentioning Obama’s name! Indeed, the campaign is being conducted without mention of the president by name or his achievements (rather lack of them) todate.

    How can he beat up the Peruvians when the biggest culprit is his home country.

    • #2 by Letters Home on October 2, 2010 - 9:17 pm

      Hey Tom! He was getting heckled at the the rallies so maybe he’s trying to find a new audience. Look forward to speaking with you tomorrow.

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