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Ship Owned By Gore Acolyte Hits Iceberg

From the Canadian Free Press:


Al Gore buddy owner of sunken ship that left huge carbon footprint on Antarctic Ocean floor

By Judi McLeod Monday, November 26, 2007

You’d never read this in the mainstream media:  The owner of MS Explorer that sank, leaving a huge carbon footprint at the bottom of the Antarctic Ocean Friday is an acolyte of teensy-weensy carbon footprint crusader Al Gore.

G.A.P. Adventures CEO and Explorer owner, Bruce Poon Tip [sic] and Gore have similar ideals, “filling their schedules with speaking engagements on environmental change to educate global audiences.” And that’s straight off of www.gapadventures.com.  In fact, as recently as last April, both Poon Tip and Gore gave presentations at the Green Living Show in Toronto.

“I expressed my admiration for Mr. Gore’s commitment and leadership which spans more than 20 years,” commented Poon Tip.  “I also invited him aboard our legendary polar expedition ship, the MS Explorer to visit the Arctic.”

The legendary polar expedition ship…”had at least five faults at its last inspection,” according to Greenpeace spokeswoman Bunny McDiarmid.  “Maritime records show the MV Explorer has completed more than 40 cruises to the ice, but has lately been suffering maintenance and safety problems.”

Maintenance and safety problems never kept the MS Explorer from setting out for the Antarctica two weeks ago…

There was little mention in the mainstream media that the passengers were comprised of eco warriors or that they had spent thousands of dollars to see ice at a much closer range than they ever dreamed

The 38-year-old vessel was sold by Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) to G.A.P Adventures in 2004. A&K has since acquired Explorer II, now called “Minerva”…

Meanwhile, Greenpeace believes tourism in Antarctica should be strictly limited because of the fate of MS Explorer, but the silence is deafening from Poon Tip and Gore about the huge carbon footprint left on the ocean floor.

And indeed, at the G.A.P. Adventures site we find:

G.A.P Adventures CEO meets with Al Gore

May 29, 2007 – Not everyone gets to meet someone like Al Gore – a political leader and perhaps the most well-known climate change activist of our time, but G.A.P Adventures CEO, Bruce Poon Tip recently did! 

Gore and Poon Tip met because they share similar ideals, filling their schedules with speaking engagements on environmental change to educate global audiences. In April 2007, both leaders gave presentations at the Green Living Show in Toronto.

As part of the show, Poon Tip was invited along with a small group to have lunch with Gore, who spoke about the environment and showed segments from his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”. Following the presentation, Poon Tip and Gore discussed many topics including the power of Gore’s documentary, ecotourism, the critical situation in the Arctic as well as Gore’s ambitious travelling schedule. “I give 40 presentations to global audiences every year and I was amazed that Mr. Gore, who told me he has 9 presentations a week, and speaks at up to 400 engagements a year was able to make his talk as fresh as if he was presenting it for the first time,” says Poon Tip. “I came away with renewed energy!”

Poon Tip was impressed with Gore’s dedication to global warming. “I expressed my admiration for Mr. Gore’s commitment and leadership which spans more than 20 years,” commented Poon Tip. “I also invited him aboard our legendary polar expedition ship, the M/S Explorer to visit the Arctic.”

Poon Tip and Gore have several things in common. They both dedicate their personal and professional lives to improving the environment, give many presentations on eco-friendly practices to global audiences and are striving to make positive changes for the survival of our planet. Chances are, they will meet again.

Isn’t irony ironic?

It’s only too bad Mr. Gore didn’t take up Mr. Poon Tip’s offer to cruise on the MS Explorer.

Though, perhaps the Antarctic has suffered enough already.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, November 27th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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