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Al Gore for President

Posted by David Keelan on Friday, October 12, 2007

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

I have lost all respect for the Nobel Peace Prize.  I guess once they lowered their standards and awarded a Peace Prize to Yasser Arafat that they decided to aim higher.  For you progressive liberals — I am not comparing Gore and Arafat.  That is a criticism of the Nobel committee for awarding a prize to Arafat and lowering their standards.

I would like Gore to debate this issue with people who actually know what they are talking about.  His hype and hysterics are not worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize.

Now the speculation.  Will Al Gore (Nobel Peace Prize and Academy Award Winner) step into the Democratic Presidential Primary or is it too late?  Maybe all these prizes are just consolation award for loosing in 2000 to GW?

There is actually some speculation that he might do it.  There is a lot of speculation that he won’t and that it is too late to stop Clinton.

“I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize,” Gore said. “We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.”

Al is a phoney. It is political because he made it political.  He is trying to get the Government to step in and implement cap and trade policies.  You don’t think it is political?  BS.  This is not a moral and spiritual challenge either because he will use all his political capital to get the next President (especially a Democratic one) to implement cap and trade so he and his friends can rake in the cash.

“His strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change,” the Nobel citation said. “He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted.”

What measures would those be?  Cap and trade measures like the Europeans are using and preparing to walk away from?  They don’t work.  It has been tried before and it failed.  The Europeans can’t make it work.  But Al Gore can?  Please.  Al is seeing dollar signs.

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8 Responses to “Al Gore for President”

  1. Oogie Pringle said

    It’s a shame that the British Courts understand what a crock his work is, but the Nobel committee doesn’t. See http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2007/10/09/court-identifies-eleven-inaccuracies-al-gore-s-inconvenient-truth
    for more info.

  2. cynthia vaillancourt said

    Even I had to shake my head at the nobel announcement — there must have been a shortage of candidates this year.

    cindy v

  3. John B. said

    David,

    Much as I love the attention that Gore has brought to the topic of climate change, getting the Nobel Peace Prize seems silly even to me.

    But to assert that his making money is a factor here? I’m sorry, but that’s ridiculous.

    I work with immensely wealthy people, and trust me – there are MUCH easier ways to make gobs of money if that’s what you’re after. You don’t have to mount a global movement.

    I know that I’m stepping into the lion’s den on this one, but as a former PR guy, all of the hullabaloo about carbon offsets and the other related “schemes” that folks are hyperventilating over smells a wee bit like misdirection to me (ooh! ooh! look over here! look over here! get angry about this! there’s a conspiracy here! stop debating and start getting outraged!).

    I really hope you’ll continue to debate the science and the relevance of the topic as you have. I think that in depth discussions help shake off the inaccuracies that both sides use. But beware of some of the rhetorical “mines” that have been lobbed out there. Using them makes your arguments seem a lot less credible. Stick with Occam’s Razor.

    My two-cents.

    John B.

  4. Zinzindor said

    “Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize” (Tom Lehrer)

    I don’t know if Lehrer had the opportunity to rethink that when Arafat won. Who’s next?

    Zinzindor
    LeviathanMontgomery.wordpress.com

  5. John B. said

    ZZ,

    I’d forgotten that one. Great line. Now I’m probably going to be singing Lehrer songs all the way up to NY tonight (“Vatican Rag” anyone?).

    John B.

  6. cynthia vaillancourt said

    I heard some commentary from the Nobel folks today that made this award “almost” seem reasonable (not quite) – the thinking goes like this…. if the effects we have been seeing from climate change continue on their current trajectory…. and the environmental impacts on things like food supply, habitable regions and fresh water supply lead to mass population displacements, starvation, and/or severe limits on necessary survival supples – then chaos on a global scale will break out – including war …. picture New Orleans in the days after Katrina on a global scale with not rescuers on the way and no light at the end of the tunnel.

    This is why global climate change is considered a threat to “peace” and why the Nobel “Peace” Prize was awarded — and not, say, the Nobel science prize.

    Ok, so that’s worth chewing on —- still seems a little forced. Btw- I go along with John B above and the rejection of the monetary motivation. really, not everyone is only motivated by money. on the other hand – power and influence is a great motivator even among the rich.

    CV

  7. General Zod said

    Al Gore would make a great President but I don’t think he should run for office. We have already been down that road.

  8. Patricia said

    Albert Gore for President. Why not? I believe he’s not that bad as some peoply say. At least during the previous elections his promises seemed feasible.

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