Al Gore slated for Nobel Peace Prize?

  1. If this is true, I say right on, Al! :tup:

    Gore widely tipped for Nobel Peace Prize Friday

    Thu Oct 11, 2007 6:35pm EDT
    By John Acher

    OSLO (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and other climate campaigners appear front-runners to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their drive for tougher action to combat global warming.

    Finland's former president Martti Ahtisaari is also tipped by experts and odds-makers as a possible winner.

    The winner of the 2007 peace prize will be announced in the Norwegian capital on Friday at 11 a.m. (0900 GMT) from 181 candidates. The committee that awards the $1.5 million prize often confounds the pundits.

    Gore, who has urged action to slow warming with his book and Oscar-winning documentary film "An Inconvenient Truth", could win alone or share the award with the U.N. climate panel or Canadian Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Norway's NRK television said.

    "Such an award would fall under the expanded concept of peace but the activity can be linked to the climate-conflict combination and is highly timely," said NRK veteran journalist Geir Helljesen who has a solid record of tipping prize winners.

    The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the prize, reached its decision on Monday, unusually close to the announcement which Helljesen said might be a sign that the five members from five political parties found it a difficult choice.

    The U.N. climate panel, officially called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), groups 2,500 scientists and issued a series of reports this year blaming mankind for global warming and outlining solutions.

    Watt-Cloutier, 53, is a representative of indigenous Arctic people whose lives are altered by the melting of the polar ice.


    Helljesen said three candidates stood out this year: Gore, the European Union for more than five decades of peaceful integration, and Finland's Ahtisaari.

    Ahtisaari, who was Finnish president in 1994-2000, helped broker a 2005 peace deal between Indonesia and its Aceh province to end 30 years of conflict and is U.N. special envoy on Kosovo -- a task where he faces stiff resistance from Serbia and Russia.

    NRK's Helljesen said the Finn's chances would have been better if Kosovo's future had been clarified during Ahtisaari's term, and said the EU's chances were clouded by a split among Norwegians into pro and anti-EU camps.
    Norwegians voted "No" to EU membership in referendums in 1972 and 1994, with many fearing a loss of sovereignty.

    Experts have said the prize could go to climate campaigners or scientists working on global warming this year ahead of a December U.N. conference in Bali, Indonesia, that will seek to launch talks about widening the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012.

    Others tipped by academic experts as possible winners include China's Rebiya Kadeer who has fought for the rights of the Uighur minority, Russian human rights lawyer Lydia Yusupova, and Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Quang Do.

    Australian online betting shop Centrebet put Ahtisaari and Gore as favorites at 4-to-1 odds, followed by Watt-Cloutier at 5-to-1 and Poland's Irena Sendler, a woman who saved Jewish children during World War Two, at 6-to-1.

    The IPCC and its head Rajendra Pachauri were tipped by Centrebet on Thursday in fifth place at 7-to-1.
  2. By DOUG MELLGREN and MATT MOORE, Associated Press Writers

    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.

    Two Gore advisers, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to share his thinking, said the award will not make it more likely that he will seek the presidency. If anything, the Peace Prize makes the rough-and-tumble of a presidential race less appealing to Gore, they said, because now he has a huge, international platform to fight global warming and may not want to do anything to diminish it.

    One of the advisers said that while Gore is unlikely to rule out a bid in the coming days, the prospects of the former vice president entering the fray in 2008 are "extremely remote."

    In its citation, the committed lauded Gore's "strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change. He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted."

    Ole Danbolt Mjoes, chairman of the prize committee, said the award should not be seen as singling out the Bush administration for criticism.

    "A peace prize is never a criticism of anything. A peace prize is a positive message and support to all those champions of peace in the world."

    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."

    Gore supporters have been raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for petition drives and advertising in an effort to lure him into the Democratic presidential primaries. One group,, ran a full-page open letter to Gore in Wednesday's New York Times, imploring him to get into the race.

    Gore, 59, has been coy, saying repeatedly he's not running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, without ever closing that door completely.
    He was the Democratic nominee in 2000 and won the general election popular vote. However, Gore lost the electoral vote to George W. Bush after a legal challenge to the Florida result that was decided by the Supreme Court.

    Gore called the award meaningful because of his co-winner, calling the IPCC the "world's pre-eminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis."

    Gore said he planned to donate his share of the prize money to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan nonprofit organization that is devoted to changing public opinion in the U.S. and around the world about the urgency of solving the climate crisis.

    The last American to win the prize, or share it, was former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who won it 2002.

    .... (for the balance click link)

    The Nobel Prizes each bestow a gold medal, a diploma and a $1.5 million cash prize on the winner.;_ylt=AldT8wywY4O4nRP5nSUXqb1bbBAF
  3. Hooray! I think he deserves it.
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  5. Way to go Al. Must be his true calling.
  6. I live here and I didn't know yet. :shame: Too much time on tpf! Congratulations!
  7. I am so happy about this! RA AL GORE!!!!! :yahoo:
  8. GO GORE!! he really deserves it!
  9. :woohoo:
  10. I bet Dubya is green with envy :greengrin:

    Great win!! Congrats to Al Gore!! :yahoo:

    But the others would have deserved it too, especially the woman who has saved so many children from the holocaust.
  11. Too funny!! I bet he is too!! Congrats to Al Gore, he deserves it!
  12. I think he's achieved more, and is better respected doing his thing now, than he ever would have been if he had he become President

    Good onya Al
  13. Congrats to him, he deserves it!