Al Gore and UN Panel Win Nobel Prize

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US Senator. Vice President. Best-selling Author. Academy Award Winner. Now Al Gore can add Nobel Peace Prize winner to his list of accomplishments. Whatever you think of Al Gore, his movie “An Inconvenient Truth” or Global Warming, you can’t scoff at what Al Gore has accomplished in his life.
I’ve often felt that huge failures result in great success in the future. Steve Jobs got fired from Apple, and then he returned it’s savior years later. Al Gore narrowly lost the election that was supposed to be his. So he turned to business – becoming an adviser for both Google and Apple, a VP for , and founder/CEO of Current TV and a “asset-management firm”. (Fast Company)
Lots of people have been speculating as to whether or not Al Gore was/is going to jump into the Democratic election, but I think it’s pretty clear now that he will not. He’s got great things going on, and a lot of authority to talk about in issue he cares about. Global warming is one of the greatest challenges humanity faces and Al Gore is now poised to lead the solutions to that challenge. Why get back into that messy battleground of politics?
Still, nobody’s perfect. People grumble about how much money he makes per speech ($175,000) and that he ought to lose some weight (at least he cut off that awful beard), and that he’s contributing more to global warming than stopping it (you try spreading a message without flying around a lot).
Al Gore still has street cred for me. What about you?

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4 Responses to “Al Gore and UN Panel Win Nobel Prize”

  1. Brian says:

    I find it strange that Professor Lonnie G. Thompson, of Ohio State University, School of Earth Sciences & Byrd Polar Research Center didn’t receive 1/4 Nobel Prize with Mr. Gore. According to the Nobel Website 1/2 the Nobel Peace Prize went to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and it was split with Mr. Al Gore. I think it would be only right that Mr. Gore should split 1/2 his prize with Professor Thompson.
    If one didn’t fall asleep in Mr. Gore’s movie, one would know Mr. Gore received a majority of the Scientific Date and Information for his movie from Professor Lonnie G. Thompson, a man who has spent more time above 18,000 feet than any other person on Earth, according to Rolling Stone Magazine. Can someone tell me why the Nobel Foundation didn’t recognize Glaciologist Professor Lonnie G. Thompson and why he didn’t receive 1/4 award, if Mr. Gore presented his Scientific Date / Information in his film?

  2. Jason says:

    The award wasn’t just for getting data on global warming but actually spreading the message about global warming to the world. Obviously you need data to spread a message and that’s why the IPCC was recognized. Professor Thompson has definitely helped Al Gore make his case, but I think the award deserves to go to Gore. He has been spreading the message for a loong time (like since 1992)

  3. abe says:

    Why european liberals
    like american losers like Al Gore and Jimmy Carter?

  4. ianhsu says:

    Congrats to the Stanford faculty and their students who worked on IPCC papers, committees, and research!

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