Friday, October 12, 2007
Al Gore Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Former Vice President Al Gore and The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on global warming. 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.”
Gore, 59 will donate his half of the approximately $1.5 million award to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a nonprofit he chairs that works to educate the public about climate change and mobilize global support for action.
A Web site, http://draftgore.com/, is collecting signatures encouraging him to vie for the Democratic nomination.
We have been very critical of Mr. Gore because he did not advocate for climate change mitigation while he was vice president for eight years. We now surrender and acknowledge his unique and important leadership on this issue since he left office. The book, movie, Live Earth worldwide concerts, Academy Award and now the Nobel Prize; well, who are we to complain. Congratulations Mr. Gore. You have our respect.