October 12, 2007


Gore, U.N. Body Win Nobel Peace Prize (Howard Schneider and Debbi Wilgoren, October 12, 2007, Washington Post)

Former Vice President Al Gore Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today, along with a United Nations panel that monitors climate change, for their work educating the world about global warming and advocating for political action to control it.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee characterized Gore as "the single individual who has done most" to convince world governments and leaders that climate change is real, is caused by human activity, and poses a grave threat.

He has a solemn duty to Gaia to run for president of the United States.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 12, 2007 6:27 AM

The entertainment value would be worth it.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 12, 2007 7:48 AM

What, wasn't Michael Moore available? I mean, the fat slob's done more movies which have won more awards than Mr. Manbearpig ever did.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 12, 2007 8:34 AM

Wow, how predictable! How political.

Gore*Moore '08! (Not realy, but it has a nice ring to it.)

Posted by: Dave W at October 12, 2007 9:22 AM

After Carter, the prize doesn't mean a thing, if it ever did.

Posted by: erp at October 12, 2007 10:15 AM

Carter? Try Arafat.

Posted by: Bob at October 12, 2007 11:46 AM

George W Bush is the most influencial Nobel Peace Prize "king" maker.

Carter got his because he was against the Iraq war, and the Nobel wise men wqanted to show their disapproval of W's "unilateral" war making.

Gore got his because Bush, in no uncertain terms, showed the Euros that they were fools. Bush partnered with the world's greatest "pollutors": China and India to try a different route, instead of paying homage to the Koyoto scam. Thus hurting the preening Euros' self-esteem. (Note: the greatest disappointment was: the Wise men dared not give the prize to the world's most famous cave man whose carbon footprint is so much less than Al's, who desires so much world peace without the US. Sorry Binny.)

The monks from Burma might as well go to hell.

Posted by: ic at October 12, 2007 2:02 PM

The monks from Burma might as well go to hell.

I guess they could rationalize by saying they've already given one to an opposition leader just a few years back, and they need to spread the Peace around, except that this makes for the second Has-Been U.S. Politician in a decade that's barely half over.

Which means Bill's a shoo-in in '009. (The '008 award will be an attempt to influce that US election only a few weeks later.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 12, 2007 2:12 PM

Had Bush denounced the monks for blocking traffic, the Wise men would at least make them share Al's prize.

Bill'll get his only if a Republican is in the White House.

Posted by: ic at October 12, 2007 2:36 PM

Isn't it a "peace" prize? How does yapping about global warming promote peace? It's more of a "people who agree with our marxist world view" prize.

Posted by: lebeau at October 12, 2007 4:08 PM

The news about Al Gore is great, but we need more than one climate leader.

The whole point of our stepitup07.org efforts is to find the next Al Gores, the politicians who are going to stand up and actually lead on this issue. Remember, Al Gore was a Senator when he started this work, a Senator sitting in hearings, listening to scientists, eventually taking a crucial role at the front of the parade. He did it without a movement prodding him along--but he's an exceptional case. It's clear that most of our politicians, who are going to need to make tough calls in the next two or three years, badly need to hear from their constituents.

Today, all kinds of people are badgering Gore to run for president. Which is fine by us. But even if he does, and even if he wins, he's going to need a lot of committed people in Congress to get anything done. And if he doesn't, we can't have the rest of the presidential field just thinking that climate change is 'Al Gore's issue.' Stepitup07.org is about using people power to create new leaders.

Posted by: Jamie Henn at October 12, 2007 5:23 PM

Jamie. Are you lost?

Posted by: Patrick H at October 12, 2007 6:07 PM

Gore won't run. He's making millions, revered by the left, revered by Europe, running around in big jetstreams and living in mansions, he is the consummate modern day Elmer Gantry. Just look at the price of PEIX, Pacific Ethanol to tell you everything you need to know. 18 months ago it peaked at 45, now it's at 9. That's because we figured out that, yes, we need to rid our dependence of cowtowing to the Middle-Easterners for oil, but rather than producing inefficient fuel that requires fuel to create it, we might as well just stabilize the middle-east, starting with Iraq. Sure, let's research inefficiencies, but in the meantime, let's find the most efficient path from a-b, which is get control of the oil, and, at the same time, create some democracy in the middle east and bring down a couple of evil dictators that are causing havoc with the rest of the modern world.

Posted by: neil at October 12, 2007 9:22 PM

November 3rd, eh Jamie?

Posted by: Dave W at October 12, 2007 9:25 PM

Bob, I blanked out Arafat.

Posted by: erp at October 12, 2007 9:38 PM

Perhaps the Committee could follow up with a posthumous lifetime achievement award to Lysenko.

Posted by: ratbert at October 13, 2007 1:13 PM