Friday, October 12, 2007

Al Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 12, 6:32 PM EDT
Gore: Award Puts Focus on Global Warming
BORENSTEIN and LISA LEFF Associated Press Writers

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- For years, former Vice President Al Gore and a host of climate scientists were belittled and, worst of all, ignored for their message about how dire global warming is. On Friday, they were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their warnings about what Gore calls "a planetary emergency."

Gore shared the prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations network of scientists. This scientific panel has explained the dry details of global warming in thousands of pages of footnoted reports every six years or so since 1990.

Gore, fresh from a near miss at winning the U.S. presidency in 2000, translated the numbers and jargon-laden reports into something people could understand. He made a slide show and went Hollywood. His documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" won two Academy Awards and has been credited with changing the debate in America about global warming. For Gore it was all about the message. ...(more)

The Right is reacting and Dave Neiwert of Orcinus blog has written about how "...heads all over the wingnutosphere would explode with fury."

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