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By Samuel R. Avro on Mar 10, 2009 with no responses

Al Gore to Assist in the Creation of .eco Internet Domain

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One backer of the plan is taking the opportunity to voice their displeasure of Mr. Gore’s meat-heavy diet.

While trying to create the .eco Internet domain, Al Gore is coming under fire for his penchant to eat meat.

Al Gore may not have invented the Internet, but if he has his way, he’ll be able to claim that he assisted in the creation of a top level Internet domain which will promote support for the environment.

Former Vice President Al Gore and his philanthropy, the Alliance for Climate Protection, announced last week that they had entered into a partnership with Dot Eco LLC to secure and promote the .eco top level domain.

Dot Eco is awaiting approval of its application to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for the domain name which will signify environmentally-friendly initiatives and businesses.

“We fully support Dot Eco LLC in its efforts to secure the .eco top level domain through the ICANN application process and look forward to working with Dot Eco LLC to promote .eco. This is a truly exciting opportunity for the environmental movement and for the Internet as a whole,” said Al Gore.

But in an interesting twist, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has announced their support of the new domain creation by criticizing Gore’s meat-eating habits.

If and when the new domain is approved, PETA declared that they would purchase OffsetAlGore.eco. Like PETA’s current Web site, OffsetAlGore.com, the new site would seek to make people aware of the harm that Gore is causing to the environment by continuing to indulge in meat despite knowing about its harmful environmental impact. The site would also suggest ways to offset Al Gore’s meat-heavy diet.

“Mr. Gore doesn’t want to acknowledge the inconvenient truth: There’s no such thing as a meat-eating environmentalist,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “Raising animals for food is the main culprit of climate change, so meat has no place in any eco-friendly domain.”

According to the plan, “.eco will be established for individuals to express their support for environmental causes, for companies to promote their environmental initiatives, and for environmental organizations to maintain their websites in a namespace that is more relevant to their core missions. By charter, a majority of the profits of the .eco initiative will be distributed to support environmental causes.”

Dot Eco says they consider it an “honor and a privilege to be working with Al Gore” on the .eco initiative. “We are confident that we will generate substantial funds for the Alliance for Climate Protection to promote their efforts to increase awareness of climate change,” said Fred Krueger, CEO of Dot Eco LLC.