Congratulations Al Gore, Jr., Winner Of The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize
Today it was announced that the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to The UN’s International Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) jointly with Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States under Bill Clinton. This is the very same Al Gore who should have become the forty-third president of the US, had it not been for the disastrously bad partisan (5-4) vote by the Supreme Court in its 2000 decision to anoint the Presidency to whom historians now call “ The worst President in US history, George Walker Bush.
According to BBC News, “By choosing Al Gore and the IPCC for the award in 2007, the Nobel Committee have rightly brought to our attention that climate change is the single biggest threat to world peace we have ever faced.”
Mr. Gore has been a champion for bringing awareness of climate change with his 2006 Oscar-winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth”, and numerous books over the years on the the importance of ecology.
The IPCC, a UN body which is composed of 3,000 atmospheric scientists, oceanographers, ice specialists, economists and other experts, is the world’s top scientific authority on global warming and its impact.
Reaction was mixed as a spokesman for Czech President Vaclav Klaus, a climate change skeptic said, “It rather seems that Gore’s questioning of the basic foundation stones of the current civilization does not contribute to peace much.”
Dr. Jeremy Leggett, Oxford University Environmental Change Institute thought this was a good choice for “the previously unsung and much–falsely maligned legion of scientific whistle blowers, and their tireless chief advocate. He added, “Perhaps now the shriveling band of fossil-fuel-funded contrarians and car-enthusiast media stars will finally have the good grace to shut up with the ignorance they pedal about the threat we face.”
Joseph Bast of the Heartland Institute said, “Al Gore doesn’t understand the science behind climate change or he deliberately misrepresents it. Either way, that should disqualify him from a prize like this.”
Although the choice of Mr. Gore will probably be seen by the Bush Administration as a political statement against his policies, its clear that public opinion respects the choice of awarding the peace prize to Mr. Gore for his consistent public efforts to focus attention on this problem. It also draws a marked contrast to the failed policies of Bush’s consistent stonewall attempts against any ecological measures that would limit his most ardent supporters, the private sector which has a financial stake in delay tactics. In any event we should all join together to congratulate Mr. Gore on this award.