Skip to comments.What has Al Gore done for world peace?
Posted on 10/12/2007 5:52:45 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Today we will learn whether Al Gore has won the Nobel peace prize. As someone who cares passionately about climate change, I'll be saying a little prayer. That he doesn't win, of course.
The former US Vice-President has already taken over from Michael Moore as the most sanctimonious lardbutt Yank on the planet. Can you imagine what he'll be like if the Norwegian Nobel committee gives him the prize?
More to the point, can you imagine how enormous his already massive carbon footprint will become once he starts jetting around the world bragging about his new title?
Just after Gore won an Oscar for his global warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth - in which he asked American households to cut their use of electricity - the Tennessee Centre for Policy Research took a look at Al's energy bills.
It reckoned that his 20-room, eight-bathroom mansion in Nashville sometimes uses twice the energy in one month that the average American household gets through in a year. The combined energy and gas bills for his estate came to nearly $30,000 in 2006. Ah, say his defenders, but he uses rainwater to flush his lavatories. Is there enough rainwater in the world, I wonder?
There are so many reasons why Gore shouldn't win the peace prize for his preachiness. Alas, it is too late to influence their decision, but I'd like to refer the judges to a ruling by Mr Justice Burton, a High Court judge who has criticised the Government for sending out An Inconvenient Truth to schools without a health warning. The reason? It's full of errors and unsubstantiated claims.
The judge is not saying that Gore's basic thesis is wrong (and nor am I). In a way, his findings are more damning than that.
Gore claims that the rises in carbon dioxide and temperature over 650,000 years show an "exact fit". That's wrong, says Mr Justice Burton: there is a connection, but not a precise correlation.
Gore predicts sea levels rising by up to 20ft in the near future. Not so, according to the judge: that will happen only after millions of years.
Those low-lying Pacific atolls that Gore claims have been evacuated? No evidence. Polar bears who drowned swimming to look for ice? Again, no evidence: four bears have drowned - but because of a storm.
None of which will surprise seasoned Gore-watchers. The man is not, as his enemies maintained when he ran against George W. Bush in 2000, a pants-on-fire liar. He's an exaggerator and a braggart.
He never claimed to have invented the internet; he said he "took the initiative in creating the internet", which is about a quarter true - he was among the first congressmen to support the invention.
In 1999, he boasted about having uncovered the most famous toxic waste site in America ("I found a little place in upstate New York called Love Canal"). Yes, but Love Canal was already notorious by the time Gore "found" it.
That's typical of his arrogance, says the non-partisan US politics website Skeleton Closet: "When he says the words 'little place', you can feel him struggling to contain his pleasure with his good deeds."
Gore struggles with his memory, too. "I certainly learnt a lot from 3,000 town hall meetings across Tennessee over a 16-year period," he told National Public Radio. And so he would have, had he actually attended 187 town hall meetings a year, which is what it works out as: he might even have managed to hold his home state in 2000.
But my favourite Gore memory lapse is his account of being sung to sleep with the lullaby Look for the Union Label, written in 1975. How sweet: being sung to sleep by your parents at the age of 27.
Then there's his evasiveness on the subject of alleged ethical violations. He resorts to "legalisms", says Skeleton Closet: although he might technically be in the right, "he has such a tin ear for the way normal people talk that he sounds like a mafia don".
But there is a more fundamental objection to awarding Gore the peace prize that goes beyond issues of character. Climate change is a threat to the environment, not to "peace" and international order. The prize has gone to some sleazy recipients in the past, but at least you can make a case that their actions staved off bloodshed.
Lumping together global warming and terrorism, as David Cameron did in his conference speech, is a rhetorical sleight of hand typical of opportunistic politicians who are trying to hoover up liberal and conservative votes at the same time. I don't think that description applies to the Tory leader, but it sure as hell fits Albert Gore, Jr.
albore wasted more fuel going to pick up this award than I will burn in a lifetime.
PRay for W and Our Troops
Somebody jumped the shark.
They gave the thing to Yasser and Jimmah...it stands to reason that Gore really does deserve the thing....
The true problem is the Nobel Peace Prize is improperly named...
Yeah, the Nobel Committee.
No matter. It reinforces the dominant paradigm of the Western Left. The paradigm itself is constructed of errors, unsubstantiated claims, and other forms of mendacity. Do not expect enlightenment from those committed to the paradigm. They are the blindest of the blind: those who will not see the light of truth.
Please, Algor, run for president in 2008!
He lost the 2000 election.
Agreed. This award has become The Nobel Fad Prize.
C’mon guys, this is serial!
... and hugh.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
With Jimmy Carter Jr., Kofi Annan, Yasser Ararfat, Nelson Mandela, Mikahail Sergeyevich Gorbachev being previous winners of the “Peace” Prize, I believe the prize lost meaning a long time ago.
I think it should be called the piece of **** prize.
If only they'd thought of it.
“What has Al Gore done for world peace?”
Promote Socialism (sarcasm)
“What has Al Gore done for world peace?”
He’s not running in the 2008 elections.
To people like us it already is. But to the true believers, if/when they give up on it they won't even acknowledge that they ever thought it was happening. When have you heard a GW acolyte admit that he was ever a believer in Global Cooling? They pretend it nver happened.
He lost an important presidential election. That helped.
He used tons of jet fuel so fighter jets couldn’t use it.
>>As someone who cares passionately about climate change, I’ll be saying a little prayer. That he doesn’t win, of course.<<
LOVE that line!
You want him to be involved in another Arkancide?????
He is a politician. He has an agenda, and it is not truth for its own sake. And his supporters and constituents are of the Western Left.
Truth for its own sake is not the agenda of the Left. In fact, it's not even a consideration. This is why the Left, its paradigm, and its agenda are subversive of Western Civilization. They scorn truth. They condemn their adherents to mendacity. They scorn, damn, and seek to silence truth and those who speak truth.
Truth is always threatening to a false paradigm, and those who believe that such a paradigm is truth will stop at nothing--literally nothing--to protect their paradigm and their belief in it.
We see this all around us all the time.
People will literally kill to protect a cherished paradigm.
It would be good for the country.
Quote of the day!
Somebody help here. My memory is fuzzy.
...already taken over from Michael Moore as the most sanctimonious lardbutt Yank on the planet.Another sad step in the final fall of the Nobel Peace Prize, an award who's luster we thought could fall no further than Arafat.
Of course, Gore has done nothing for Peace, but instead, has come up with a convenient excuse for socialistic centralization, the real standard for honor in the leftist world of the Nobel committee.
Climate change is a norm in planetary life and the cycles that make up that norm are well documented. The anthropomorphic agenda of the left can be strengthened if the public is made to feel alarm by a crisis and Gore has turned the normal occurrence into a crisis in the mind of the left and the pandering media.
But a crisis alone is not enough to seize centralized power. A villain must be found. In the Gore fiction, there is a villain and that villain is mankind.
Now with a fictionalized global crisis and a villain, the plan can unfold.
Carbon credits are the road to an entire new level of global taxation and control. The plans will be spelled out now that the coronation has occurred.
It would make a fine satirical movie if we could get Pee Wee Herman to put on a hundred and twenty pounds.
The coming Ice Age will be embarrassing to proponents of Global Warming.
Can anyone help me get the picture of George Bush’s 1st innauguration where you can see Hillary and Bill sitting in the audience with fuming envious faces. I believe her face was colored green by someone. I have been trying to find it and I know it’s always running around here.
Give Gore credit where credit is due....he did strip the military of 850,000 troops when he reinvented government.
I GIVE UP?What has this A**HOLE EVER done for ANYONE other than himself??
Al Gore in 08!
Can anyone help me get the picture of George Bushs 1st innauguration where you can see Hillary and Bill sitting in the audience with fuming envious faces.
Cant help you with the first inauguration, but I have a picture of the second:
It would seem that the time is LONG past due for The Nobel Committee to be introduced to some of Alfred Nobel’s wares?
Adolf Hitler was nominated in 1939 by Erik Brandt, a member of the Swedish Parliament. It was withdrawn within a few days. Other infamous nominees included Joseph Stalin and Benito Mussolini. Nobel’s inventions included dynamite and ballistite..I never knew what Nobel did & found that interesting.
If Algore was a Republican there would be a mini riot with them screaming about all the families with no health insurance for themselves or children who don’t even make 30 grand per year. It’s amazing that he, Babs and Edwards, etal, get a pass for their exuberant utility bills just because they’re libs, when THEY are the ones telling US how to live and conserve. It is nice to think that Babs dries her clothes outside on the line - NOT.
There's no such thing as "Arkancide". Hillary said so, and I believe her. Hillary would never, ever lie.
The strange part is that Al Gore didn’t make the film. He merely narrated it. This is like giving Sebastian Cabot an award for the works of A.A. Milne.
Great article. Thanks for posting. Thanks Damian Thompson.
He is now linked into the same class as the master terrorist, the aids-patient Arafat!
GW "terrorist" spreads scare in people's mind so that they more easily can terrorize you wallet!!
There is no difference between those two here mentioned!!!
The Nobel institution is a political scam to further their socialist's agenda!!!!
We're with ya on that, Damian! I would have added "insufferable."
Global Warming: the new paganism of the Left.
“Al Gore has won the Nobel peace prize.”
The words “insidious” and “stupid” need to get inserted into the above sentence somewhere, but there are so many possible and accurate combinations that I don’t know where to start.
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