Al Gore has many admirers and critics, but on Friday the spotlight was on him again as the Nobel Peace Prize
committee showered him with praise for his work promoting climate awareness
and climate research.
The Nobel Peace Prize was not the first award received by Al Gore, 59, for his
environmental work, but it was certainly the largest. Al Gore had
previously won an Oscar for his documentary An Inconvenient Truth,
which was a surprising box office hit.Gore shares the Peace Prize with the United Nations' International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),
found in 1988, which is widely considered by scientists and governments
worldwide as the top authority on global warming and climate change.
The IPCC has over 2,000 leading climate change scientists and experts that
conduct research into climate change and collate data and information from
research papers of thousands of other scientists worldwide.
The Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize committee praised Gore as "Probably the
single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding
of the measures that need to be adopted."
"[The IPCC] creates an ever-broader informed consensus
about the connection between human activities and global warming. [The
IPCC] lays the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract
[climate] change," said the committee about the IPCC.
It cited that a major justification for awarding this prize
to the IPCC and Gore was to bring more attention to the increased risks of wars
and violent conflicts that are posed as our climate changes.
IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri was overwhelmed by the awarded. The India-native
told his cheering supporters outside his Delhi office that he hopes the award
will help further awareness and a greater sense of urgency about climate
change. Rajendra Pachauri's full reaction is documented on the IPCC website (PDF).
In Washington D.C., Gore greeted the announcement by first praising the IPCC
and how "tirelessly and selflessly they have worked for many years." Gore added, "We face a true planetary emergency. It is a moral and spiritual
challenge to all of humanity."
Gore will donate half of his $1.5 million dollars in
Nobel Prize money to Alliance for Climate Protection.
Gore's work has had a major effect on the technology industry. With his
help, public sentiment has shifted as people realize that oil dependence will
only last so many years. This shift in turn has led to all the major car
companies heavily pursuing, promoting, and investing in hybrid vehicles,
many of which have been
featured at DailyTech.
While his efforts to promote global warming research have often overshadowed
his other environmental initiatives, Gore has also been a strong promoter of
equally controversial rainforest protection, toxic waste control, and National
Park System expansion initiatives.
The news follows the announcementsthat a British court declared An Inconvenient Truth unfit for British schools, as it has nine
alleged factual inaccuracies.
Michael Asher elaborates more in his DailyTech blog.
James M. Taylor, senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute, blasted Gore for his work on The Inconvenient Truth.
"The British High Court properly recognized that Al Gore's movie is
nine parts political propaganda and one part science. Virtually every
assertion that Gore makes in the movie has been strongly contradicted
by sound science."
quote: He couldn't win an election
quote: Gore did win the election. Do you forget the massive fraud in Florida?
quote: Canada (1.797 million barrels per day), Mexico (1.469 million barrels per day), Saudi Arabia (1.434 million barrels per day), Venezuela (1.167 million barrels per day), Nigeria (0.890 million barrels per day). The rest of the top ten sources, in order, were Algeria (0.520 million barrels per day), Iraq (0.460 million barrels per day), Angola (0.392 million barrels per day), Colombia (0.207 million barrels per day), and Kuwait (0.197 million barrels per day.
quote: If you were right that we went in to protect our oil prices, why is crude 3 times what it was before the war?
quote: Output capacity of oil producing nations is not the problem; refining capacity is.
quote: even one more oil refinery was built in the US, crude prices would begin to decline.
quote: Now, I can't finish economics 101 for you, but next time try learning about the issue rather than spouting liberal rhetoric.
quote: By your standards, probably no one could ever win the Nobel peace prize.
quote: And guess what, most of those people who did real humanitarian efforts didn't make a cent off it either.
quote: Ah yeah I missed the part where Mother Teresa had a three-episode guest appearance on "The Office." Good heads up.
quote: "Yes I humbly accept this award. Be sure to check out a Second Inconvenient Truth due in theaters January 15!"
quote: Gore + UN receiving the peace prize is great for all the scientists who have also devoted their life to figuring this out
quote: Why weren't any of those scientists chosen for this award?
quote: "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses
quote: Now tell me why a guy who got rich off of a movie
quote: He didn't get rich off the movie.
quote: Tipper and I are devoting 100 percent of [our] profits from the movie and the book to a new bipartisan educational campaign that will run advertising and will be a presence in the mass media, to continue lifting this urgent crisis up for people to see and focus on.
quote: Again, what difference does it make? Now that you know he's not making money from it, does it change your view on Al Gore?
quote: Now that you know he's not making money from it, does it change your view on Al Gore?
quote: We should reduce emissions up until the point of taking on huge economic costs
quote: I'm all for the former, but let's at least figure out if human-generate CO2 is doomsday before we destory the world economies first.
quote: But Nuclear gets huge subsidies, and you can sell the electricity for more $/KWh.
quote: Coal gets little in way of subsidies. But Nuclear gets huge subsidies, and you can sell the electricity for more $/KWh.
quote: It is also awarded for resolving issues that face mankind.
quote: He's devoted a lot of his life to this. Even his critics would probably agree that living in a world with less pollution is not a bad thing.
quote: Nuclear is of course a part of what I am suggesting
quote: There's no need for coal to be the first target, simply because it is the biggest, correct?
quote: Who cares why we're changing our fuel cycle, so long as we change it?
quote: True, but someone needs to inform Gore that CO2 is not a pollutant.
quote: CO2 is a pollutant.
quote: We also know how much CO2 "human activity" is adding to the earth's atmosphere.
quote: Al Gore deserves a Nobel Peace Prize as much as there needs to be a record kept for the largest crap anyone's ever taken.
quote: Now go back to the desk and start researching which republican you will vote for in 2008.
quote: Now go back to the desk and start researching which republican you will vote for in 2008.
quote: Yes.....devoted a lot of his life to this....since he lost the election in 2000.....and was out of public attention......
quote: Nothing will hand reps a victory this time around, short of fixing the problem in Iraq which cant be done at this point, its too late.
quote: And again, the conclusions he draws *do* stem naturally from the observations, the question as yet is have they been proven or not.
quote: the consensus among the majority of scientists is that human action contributes to global warming
quote: And now it'd certainly be nice if he acknowledged that indeed the majority of scientists feel that humankind contributes to global warming.
quote: No, of course I don't agree to that. And I don't see how you can believe it either if you can't explain it.
quote: Basically you're telling me that there's no data to believe it, but scientists - people who more than others form their beliefs based on actual facts and observations - believe in it anyway. Are you nuts?
quote: As for the level of support that the data provide, I'd encourage you to read through the recent judgment concerning Gore's film in the UK. Many of those errors cited simply cannot be reconciled with the data available as the data either does not go so far as to address them or blatantly contradicts them.I'll respond to this with something I wrote above when the court case was brought up:Now as for the court case... have any of you guys touting that thing actually read it? First of all, the case is brought up under the context of the film being political as it pertains to British education, that is the grounds for the case. Going further, none of Gore's assertions are disproven, they are simply cited as non-provable at this point. And that is a huge difference.If there is a stretch going on, the stretch is that the UK has somehow shot down Gore's movie based on the conclusions the film reached. Not at all. Rather, it states that given that the conclusions are unproven by the evidence in the film or otherwise, that it is being deemed a political film in the context of showing it in the school system. quote: As for concensus, proof via democracy is no proof at all. In fact, it's a logical fallacy. Proof via democracy is absolutely not proof at all... if it were the issue of global warming I was discussing. But specifically rather, it was the proof as to what the majority of scientists believe, in which case majority/democracy absolutely is proof.And as it is indeed the case that the majority of the scientific community believes this - individuals no less passionate about the scientific method than anyone else present here. It thus follows naturally that Gore is not acting rogue or in contravention to the scientific norm in doing this film, in any sense other than he claims as 'fact' what should in a formal science position be deemed theory.BUT, that is not Gore's role to play; it *is* a theory believed by the majority, the implications *are* grave if that scientific majority is correct, and thus a call to action is the rightful act of a politician believing so.To say that Gore is acting in contravention of the scientific community, that is the logical fallacy here.
quote: As for concensus, proof via democracy is no proof at all. In fact, it's a logical fallacy.
quote: Proof via democracy is absolutely not proof at all...
quote: To say that Gore is acting in contravention of the scientific community, that is the logical fallacy here.
quote: Funny, that seems to contradict the purpose of your repeated assertion that "most" scientists believe in AGW.
quote: How are those outright lies and exaggerations not a contravention of the scientific community?
quote: Saying that it hurts science because of some hypothetical situation is silly.
quote: Saying that Kyoto hurt science is also wrong. It provided funding for and against AGW theories. It only helped advance science.
quote: How has he harmed science?
quote: make stuff up, twist existing data that already existed that you had nothing to do with gathering, and
quote: and when we get routine Cat 5 hurricanes
quote: Yah and in 20 years when the Northern states get winters as mild as lower California, and when we get routine Cat 5 hurricanes you will wish you had been listening to him.
quote: We're losing our ice at the poles at an alarming rate.
quote: that increase is nowhere near an equilibrium point vs the ice being lost to the sea
quote: Ok let me ask you simply then, what was your point in bringing up Antarctic ice levels?
quote: Yah and in 20 years when the Northern states get winters as mild as lower California,
quote: Gore's work has had a major effect on the technology industry. With his help, public sentiment has shifted as people realize that oil dependence will only last so many years. This shift in turn has led to all the major car companies heavily pursuing, promoting, and investing in hybrid vehicles
quote: Unlike what the Bush administration would like you to believe, global warming is real and it is an issue.