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Al Gore: Nobel Prize Winner

Discussion in 'current events & politics' started by kittensKathi2, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. kittensKathi2

    kittensKathi2 new and improved

    Al Gore, UN panel share Nobel for Peace - Yahoo! News

    OSLO, Norway - Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change jointly won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for fighting it.

    Gore, who won an Academy Award earlier this year for his film on global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth," had been widely tipped to win the prize.

    He said that global warming was not a political issue but a worldwide crisis.

    "We face a true planetary emergency. ... It is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity," he said. "It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level."

    The win is also likely add further fuel to a burgeoning movement in the United States for Gore to run for president in 2008, which he has so far said he does not plan to do.

    Kenneth Sherrill, a political scientist at Hunter College in New York said Gore probably enjoys being a public person more than an elected official.

    "He seems happier and liberated in the years since his loss in 2000. Perhaps winning the Nobel and being viewed as a prophet in his own time will be sufficient," says Sherrill.

    Two Gore advisers, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to share his thinking, said the award will not make it more likely that he will seek the presidency. If anything, the Peace Prize makes the rough-and-tumble of a presidential race less appealing to Gore, they said, because now he has a huge, international platform to fight global warming and may not want to do anything to diminish it.

    One of the advisers said that while Gore is unlikely to rule out a bid in the coming days, the prospects of the former vice president entering the fray in 2008 are "extremely remote."

    In its citation, the committed lauded Gore's "strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change. He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted."

    Ole Danbolt Mjoes, chairman of the prize committee, said the award should not be seen as singling out the Bush administration for criticism.

    "A peace prize is never a criticism of anything. A peace prize is a positive message and support to all those champions of peace in the world."

    Bush abandoned the Kyoto Protocol because he said it would harm the U.S. economy and because it did not require immediate cuts by countries like China and India. The treaty aimed to put the biggest burden on the richest nations that contributed the most carbon emissions.

    The U.S. Senate voted against mandatory carbon reductions before the Kyoto negotiations were completed. The treaty was never presented to the Senate for ratification by the Clinton Administration.

    "Al Gore has fought the environment battle even as vice president," Mjoes said. "Many did not listen ... but he carried on."

    Gore supporters have been raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for petition drives and advertising in an effort to lure him into the Democratic presidential primaries. One group, Draftgore.com, ran a full-page open letter to Gore in Wednesday's New York Times, imploring him to get into the race.

    Gore, 59, has been coy, saying repeatedly he's not running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, without ever closing that door completely.

    He was the Democratic nominee in 2000 and won the general election popular vote. However, Gore lost the electoral vote to George W. Bush after a legal challenge to the Florida result that was decided by the Supreme Court.

    Gore called the award meaningful because of his co-winner, calling the IPCC the "world's pre-eminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis."

    Gore said he planned to donate his share of the prize money to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan nonprofit organization that is devoted to changing public opinion in the U.S. and around the world about the urgency of solving the climate crisis.

    The last American to win the prize, or share it, was former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who won it 2002.

    The committee cited the IPCC for its two decades of scientific reports that have "created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming. Thousands of scientists and officials from over 100 countries have collaborated to achieve greater certainty as to the scale of the warming."

    It went on to say that because of the panel's efforts, global warming has been increasingly recognized. In the 1980s it "seemed to be merely an interesting hypothesis, the 1990s produced firmer evidence in its support. In the last few years, the connections have become even clearer and the consequences still more apparent."

    "It was a surprise," said Carola Traverso Saibante, spokeswoman for the IPCC. "We would have been happy even if (Gore) had received it alone because it is a recognition of the importance of this issue."

    But some questioned the prize decision.

    "Awarding it to Al Gore cannot be seen as anything other than a political statement. Awarding it to the IPCC is well-founded," said Bjorn Lomborg, author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist."

    He criticized Gore's film as having "some very obvious mistakes, like the argument that we're going to see six meters of sea-level rise," he said.

    "They (Nobel committee) have a unique platform in getting people's attention on this issue, and I regret they have used it to make a political statement."

    This year, climate change has been at the top of the world agenda. The U.N. climate panel has been releasing its reports; talks on a replacement for the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on climate are set to resume; and on Europe's northern fringe, where the awards committee works, concern about the melting Arctic has been underscored by this being the International Polar Year.

    Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, said the prize would help to continue the globally growing awareness of climate change.

    "Their contributions to the prevention of climate change have raised awareness all over the world. Their work has been an inspiration for politicians and citizens alike," he said in a statement.

    In recent years, the Norwegian committee has broadened its interpretation of peacemaking and disarmament efforts outlined by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel in creating the prize with his 1895 will. The prize now often also recognizes human rights, democracy, elimination of poverty, sharing resources and the environment.

    "We believe that the Nobel Committee has shown great courage by so clearly connecting the climate problems with peace," said Truls Gulowsen, head of environmental group Greenpeace Norway.

    The Nobel Prizes each bestow a gold medal, a diploma and a $1.5 million cash prize on the winner.
  2. bort

    bort The brown word

    The young virgins whose life essence he consumes to maintain his vitality will be, no doubt, dancing in the streets.
  3. BleedingHeart

    BleedingHeart Handbags and Glad Wrap*

    Now any fart can have a chance, christ I mean it was close this year. Bono nearly got it!!
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  4. bort

    bort The brown word

    Diggi-loo, diggi-ley

    Now that even the fucking Nobel Prizes have less credibility that the Eurovision Song Contest, what next?!?!

    ESTONIA FTW!!!!!
  5. dollpartz

    dollpartz ~*string puppet*~

    Talk about the weather and you get a peace prize ... geez ... maybe the weather channel should get it
  6. dirtyplotte

    dirtyplotte sassamafras

    i really hope he runs. i mean COME ON. we need you, al.
  7. VenusDeMilo

    VenusDeMilo honeyblood

    He put a lot of time and effort putting the crisis into words that everyone will understand. You're living on this planet, too, yes? It concerns you greatly. Did you bother watching it, or were you already aware?
    I think he deserved it.
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  8. dirtyplotte

    dirtyplotte sassamafras

    also he has been doing this lecture for years and years and years all over the world. he has devoted his life to this cause. its not just one film. he was doing this LONG before a film came into play. the film just got the attention of everyone who doesnt attend lectures.
  9. VenusDeMilo

    VenusDeMilo honeyblood

    Yeah that's what I mean about time and effort. He was ALL OVER, dedicating his life to these lectures. It's really sad that people are still not taking it seriously.

    I hope he runs as well, btw. But I don't think he will.
  10. dirtyplotte

    dirtyplotte sassamafras

    i was just adding on your conversation not being snooty, just in case you thought i was.

    im beginning to think he wont because of hilary clinton. i believe he feels loyalty to the clintons as well as i bet he would love to see a woman president. i just dont trust her. i want al gore.
  11. VenusDeMilo

    VenusDeMilo honeyblood

    I just didn't want to come off like I was like "Al Gore? Oh that character in that movie about global warming". I'm sort of in love with him.. and stuff...

    Think how different our world would be if Gore was elected over Bush in the beginning. :stress:
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  12. dollpartz

    dollpartz ~*string puppet*~

    Ya, I was aware ... the media talks about it night and day, not just him. He packaged it. I'm not saying he's completely useless, I just think the peace prize should go to people that bring peace to the world, in a more direct way. Lots of people that risk their lives everyday for peace. And they don't have the electric bill Gore has got (heh, sorry, had to throw that in).

    Well, ya, could be worse, at least he's better than Yasser Arafat, and Henry Kissinger, who also won it.

    Though I don't necessarily believe that climate change is a bad thing all round. For example, Greenland is becoming more green. The arctic ... it becomes more hospitable. The Northwest Passage opens up. Resources are uncovered. Where I live, Toronto, it becomes warmer. If the snow disappears this winter, I won't complain. Some say it will be a disaster ... I dunno if it will.

    Also they say Mars is getting warmer... so the climate change may be inevitable, and not dependent on what we do but on other things, like the sun ... So Gore, though will good intentions, may actually be deluded. Heh.

    Mars Is Warming, NASA Scientists Report - by James M. Taylor - The Heartland Institute
  13. dollpartz

    dollpartz ~*string puppet*~

    I take him seriously. I admire him somewhat, really. Though I think the prize should go to somebody else.
  14. VenusDeMilo

    VenusDeMilo honeyblood

    It's true, a lot of people do bring peace every day. Al Gore has publicity though.
    The others should definitely be acknowledged as well. Why don't you do something about that? Seeking out the peace-bringers? It could be a very rewarding experience.
  15. VenusDeMilo

    VenusDeMilo honeyblood

    I didn't see your other post.

    When you think about "false terror", think hard about it. Theres a difference between..

    a) Watch the fuck out, everyones a terrorist. We need ALL of your young adult sons and daughters to go find these fuckers and bring justice to.. uh... you know...something


    b) Change to energy-saving light bulbs, recycle, don't be so wasteful, and perhaps we'll be okay.

    Cuz you know.. at the end of the day, if he ends up being wrong, are you really going to be MAD that you saved money in the long run, and became less wasteful? I know us Canadians aren't as bad as the Americans, but we all have to do our part. It just makes sense. You know? He's not manipulating anything for his own personal gain. If its inevitable, then it's inevitable. Green is the way to go, regardless.
  16. never was

    never was love a girl like you

    al gore getting a nobel peace prize

    you either laugh or cry i guess

    i was actually at the nobel musuem last week,
  17. RockitToTheMoon

    RockitToTheMoon monopoly on the radio


    I didn't want him to run for a while because he has been so out of the office, but now I'm starting to think it's time he ran. I trust him as much as I can trust any politician, and I think he could be a Great president now. But, I don't think he will run, either.

    I'm glad he won the Nobel. It's an honor, and I think he deserves it. Out of curiosity, who do other people think should have won, if not Gore?
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  18. vegyrex

    vegyrex New Member

    The Heartland Institute is one of several think tanks that are active in denying global warming. They do so by misleading and twisting facts.

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  19. dirtyplotte

    dirtyplotte sassamafras

  20. OrangeSapphire

    OrangeSapphire rule britannia

    Well he was elected... considering that he actually got the most votes.
    He was our real president. :(

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