OSLO, Norway (AP) – Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and lay the foundations for counteracting it.”I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize,” Gore said. “We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.” Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth,” a documentary on global warming, won an Academy Award this year and he had been widely expected to win the prize. He said he would donate his share of the $1.5 million that accompanies the prize to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan non-profit organization devoted to conveying the urgency of solving the climate crisis. “His strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change,” the Nobel citation said. “He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted.”
Matt Drudge must be choking. He has done more to oppose and discredit Al Gore than any single person or news outlet. Today he was forced to run the headline of his bete noir winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Sweet. But it’s not just a simple turnabout or poetic justice. Al Gore is fighting for our lives and the lives of our children–whether we yet realize it or not.
Gore has had to deflect ruthless accusations about his personal lifestyle and air travel while at the same time nobly and tirelessly circling the globe with his message. His detractors cared more about the size of his house than the state of the planet or the fate of billions of human beings. It’s a symbol of just how much greed and the craven politics of the fossil-fueled “corporate gang-bang” of the Earth have ruled the day. Telling people what they want to hear–that they don’t have to make a change or be responsible for their waste streams–has now been shown for the cynical pandering that it is. And Gore has been duly recognized as a pioneer and a harbinger of real change.
It’s a great day for the Earth. But it’s just a first step. Don’t think for a second that the deniers and obstructors of energy decarbonization won’t redouble their efforts to sow confusion and wring the last dying gasp of fat profits from carbon-intensive energy sources. Even if it means countless people being slow-cooked to death in the future. Just watch them try to claim the Nobel Prize has been politicized. They will–because these carbon-hawking Neanderthals have absolutely no shame. And we should treat them accordingly–like the cold-blooded murderers that they are.