Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Friday, October 12, 2007

Three Sneers For The Goreacle

Just what this windbag needed - more hot air. They should probably change the name of this "honor" to the Nobel Socialism Prize.

On the other hand, Al Gore richly deserves inclusion on this list of recent Nobel Peace Prize winners.

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

Gore, who won an Academy Award earlier this year for his film on global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth," had been widely tipped to win the prize.

He said that global warming was not a political issue but a worldwide crisis.

"We face a true planetary emergency. ... It is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity," he said. "It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level."

The win is also likely add further fuel to a burgeoning movement in the United States for Gore to run for president in 2008, which he has so far said he does not plan to do.

Kenneth Sherrill, a political scientist at Hunter College in New York said Gore probably enjoys being a public person more than an elected official.

"He seems happier and liberated in the years since his loss in 2000. Perhaps winning the Nobel and being viewed as a prophet in his own time will be sufficient," says Sherrill.

Not surprisingly, the article I linked to has this frequently repeated falsehood:
Bush abandoned the Kyoto Protocol because he said it would harm the U.S. economy and because it did not require immediate cuts by countries like China and India. The treaty aimed to put the biggest burden on the richest nations that contributed the most carbon emissions.

The U.S. Senate voted against mandatory carbon reductions before the Kyoto negotiations were completed. The treaty was never presented to the Senate for ratification by the Clinton Administration.

"Al Gore has fought the environment battle even as vice president," Mjoes said. "Many did not listen ... but he carried on."

The truth is that the Clinton/Gore administration never submitted the treaty to the Senate for ratification. Of course, one reason they never submitted it was that the Senate voted unanimously to condemn the treaty before it was ever signed because it was such a piece of shit.

1 comment:

Satanic Mechanic said...

The Nobel prize is very political and it takes money to lobby for the prize. I wish they would seperate out the peace prize and call it something else.
Look at some of the past winners of the peace prize, a lot of marxists in the ranks.