Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

October 13, 2007

Al Gore Wins Share Of Nobel Peace Prize

Filed under: environment, politics — Tags: , , , — codesmithy @ 10:40 am

Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. This is after it was determined in the U.K. that showing “An Inconvenient Truth” required 9 points of guidance if it is used in schools. I don’t think there is a history textbook around that could live up to the level of scrutiny given to “An Inconvenient Truth” and I wonder when someone will file that suit. The judge did find the film was “broadly accurate.” However, the judge found that 9 points were outside a consensus and therefore warranted a disclaimer. Deltoid has a good breakdown of the 9 objections.

Gore has been the subject of broad, vicious ridicule which is largely undeserved. Therefore, it is good to see him vindicated in this fashion. Anthropogenic Climate Change has more do the rate that we burn hydrocarbon based fuels than simply using them. We are producing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases faster than the ecosystem can absorb them. The effect of an environment changing too fast for an ecosystem to respond is, by definition, catastrophe. For the future survival of the human species, it is necessary to be cognizant of our impact. In that regard, Al Gore deserves this award and many thanks although I doubt his critics will see it the same way.

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