Friday, October 12, 2007

al gore, peace prize winner

You've probably heard well before reading it here that Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -
"for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."
Now, I agree that this is a very important issue, vital to the survival of the Earth, at least it's survival in a way that makes it still inhabitable for the rest of us. And, that Gore, and An Inconvenient Truth has been a good face for the movement, somehow giving a kind of red-carpet celebrity cred to usually dry science. But is it worthy of a Peace Prize?

Is Al Gore, made of the same kind of stuff as the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr, the Quakers, the Red Cross and other non-violent leaders? Is global ecological stability the same field as peace? Some have argued that drought and the resulting population displacement are the catalyst for the war in Sudan, so if atrocity like this could be prevented by reducing greenhouse gasses i suppose that is akin to peace. but, is it the same? be continued with a rant about why Dems should stop worrying about Gore as the top candidate for POTUS. get over it...

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