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Ex-U.S. vice president on low-key visit to Taiwan

2017/11/16 14:26:16

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore

Taipei, Nov. 16 (CNA) Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore on Thursday delivered a speech to about 1,200 employees of Taiwanese electric scooter maker Gogoro in Taipei during a visit to Taiwan arranged by the company.

Gore's trip has been kept low key and the itinerary remains unclear, according to a Gogoro source.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that no meetings have been arranged between Gore and government officials.

Gore is a prominent environmental activist and co-founder of London-based Generation Investment Management, which has invested in Gogoro, according to the source.

The two companies share a similar business philosophy with a focus on sustainability factors, the source said.

Gogoro has previously held a screening for staff of "An Inconvenient Truth," a 2006 documentary detailing Gore's campaign to educate citizens about global warming, the source added.

In September, Gogoro raised US$300 million in a new round of funding from a number of new investors including Gore's Generation Investment Management, France's Engie SA, Singapore's Temasek Holdings and Japan's Sumitomo Corp.

Gore, 69, served as U.S. vice president during the Clinton administration from 1993 to 2001. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990.

Gore was also the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."

(By Tien Yu-pin and Evelyn Kao)
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