Friday, October 12, 2007

Gore Wins Nobel!

Wow - Al Gore just won the Nobel Peace Prize (along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change):

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.
Good for him. Instead of slinking away after the 2000 election debacle, he decided to devote his fame and power to advocate for stewardship of the planet. I think the Nobel committee is exactly right that he has been the catalyst for a lot of the political movement we are now (finally) seeing on global warming, largely because it is harder to ignore an Al Gore than a body of scientists (depressing as that is).

Of course, now we have to endure even more frothing at the mouth from the conservative blogosphere. But that's a small price to pay for more acknowledgement of the problem. Our civilization and our species need to confront global warming, or we run the risk of losing both.


snarkbutt said...

When my radio alarm went off at 6 am this morning, the first thing I heard was NPR announcing that Gore had won the prize. Barely awake, wife and I both cheered.

I suspect this will be another reason for conservatives to trash the "liberal" international community, but maybe this will convince those uninformed centrists who have some vague awareness that winning a Nobel Prize is a Big Deal that maybe there's something to this global warming stuff.

Amy Derby said...

Good for Gore. I hope it'll make some people take him more seriously.

Robert Sievers said...

I don't mind the Nobel comiteee awarding people for bad politics. But awarding them for bad science stoops to a new level of idiocy.

Dan S said...

Ah Bob, I've always admired your willingness to go against the grain. In this case, it is against the grain of the vast majority of scientists in the world, but what the heck do they know anyway? :)

Robert Sievers said...

First, the "vast majority" of scientists do not believe in global warming. Let me know if you are open minded enough to consider what a large number of scientists are saying about the bad science of global warming.

And yes, I don't mind going up against everyone where right and wrong are concerned.