Friday, October 12, 2007

The Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Al Gore and the IPCC

The Noble Peace Prize has been awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for their work on climate change. The Nobel Committee noted that the IPCC (a United Nations agency) has played a central role in the science of global warming:
Through the scientific reports it has issued over the past two decades, the IPCC has created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming.
This should reinforce the solidity of the scientific consensus on climate change. The IPCC's most recent report features these compelling charts (click to enlarge) depicting the increase in CO2, methane and nitrous oxide concentrations in our atmosphere.
The Nobel Committee cited Gore's unique role in putting the issue before the public:
He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted.
Reuters reports that Gore voiced his gratitude at sharing the award with an international committee of scientists:
"This award is even more meaningful because I have the honor of sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- the world's preeminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis -- a group whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years."
There are many in the U.S. who remain convinced that global warming is a hoax perpetrated by internationalists determined to destroy capitalism. An award from some Scandinavians isn't likely to sway them. Also stay tuned for the Gore haters, who will probably point out his hypocrisy when he flies to Stockholm to receive his award instead of traveling by kayak.

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