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Gore Warns U.N. on Climate Change

Thursday, 28 September 2006 12:00 AM

UNITED NATIONS -- Self-proclaimed "global warming warrior" Al Gore came to U.N. headquarters Thursday to lecture on the "perils" of climate change.

The former vice president and U.S. senator spent almost three hours lecturing more than 1,000 U.N. staffers and diplomats on the imminent perils mankind is bringing upon itself.

Gore, invited by an old "friend," retiring Secretary-General Kofi Annan, spent the evening preaching about the "global warming" dilemma.

Once the house lights dimmed and the video lecture began, many in the somewhat confused U.N. audience used the cover of darkness to take to the exits.

Those who remained often looked transfixed, like folks wearing 3-D glasses in a movie house.

Gore's allegations often seemed like they were taken from "Ripley's Believe It or Not."

Among some of the "facts:"

Nevertheless, he took time to thank the efforts of "Wal-Mart and General Electric" for their role in combating global warming. "It has become profitable for them," Gore boasted.

What Gore did not mention is ongoing litigation between GE and residents of New York's Hudson Valley over charges of illegal dumping of (carcinogenic) PCBs in the Hudson River in the 1970s.

While Gore was warmly welcomed by the U.N. audience, he felt obligated to repeatedly tell those in attendance "this is not as complicated as it looks."

After a Q&A with the audience, which had little to do with global warming and more about Gore's political future, Annan bid "adios" to his old comrade.

Then, Gore had his aides open a stack of cardboard boxes to begin selling his book, "An Inconvenient Truth."

So, in the end, Gore's lecture on global warming turned into no more than a lavish book party.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric had no comment on who footed the bill for the bash.

NewsMax requested from UNTV an audio copy of Gore's address.

At first, NewsMax was told a copy would be provided by the U.N. audio library.

Later, NewsMax was told that copies of the Gore speech would not be available.

"We destroyed all copies of the speech, except for one master which cannot be released," explained one audio librarian.

Dujarric added: "The Gore speech was copyrighted and therefore we cannot release any copies of it."

The formerly "open" address, has now been reclassifed in the UN files as "a closed meeting."

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UNITED NATIONS -- Self-proclaimed "global warming warrior" Al Gore came to U.N. headquarters Thursday to lecture on the "perils" of climate change. The former vice president and U.S. senator spent almost three hours lecturing more than 1,000 U.N. staffers and diplomats...
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