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Saturday, October 13, 2007

The media responds.

Obligatory disclaimer...

I'm actually quite surprised by the response to Gore's Nobel Peace Prize win in the media. Not all of them are fawning over him, like the one I linked to in my previous post. Here's a sampling.

Gore gets a cold shoulder

Steve Lytte
October 14, 2007

ONE of the world's foremost meteorologists has called the theory that helped Al Gore share the Nobel Peace Prize "ridiculous" and the product of "people who don't understand how the atmosphere works".

Dr William Gray, a pioneer in the science of seasonal hurricane forecasts, told a packed lecture hall at the University of North Carolina that humans were not responsible for the warming of the earth.

His comments came on the same day that the Nobel committee honoured Mr Gore for his work in support of the link between humans and global warming.

"We're brainwashing our children," said Dr Gray, 78, a long-time professor at Colorado State University. "They're going to the Gore movie [An Inconvenient Truth] and being fed all this. It's ridiculous."

A coup for junk science

Gore's 'truth' nets Nobel Prize

Terence Corcoran, National Post

Published: Saturday, October 13, 2007

Global warming theory has been in political and scientific trouble for some time, but who knew it had sunk so low it needed a boost from the Nobel Peace Prize committee?

David Warren, The Ottawa Citizen

Published: Saturday, October 13, 2007

We (royal we) awoke yesterday morning to the following citation from the Nobel Committee, awarding their peace prize for 2007 not to us for our thoughtful columns on Iraq, Afghanistan, and the global menace of "Islamism" (we were not even nominated!) -- but to Al Gore:

Honouring a panic-monger

Giving Al Gore the Peace Prize has subordinated science to hype

David Frum, National Post

Published: Saturday, October 13, 2007

And so Al Gore joins the list of the Nobel Peace laureates, alongside such immortals as Baroness Bertha von Suttner, Karl Hjalmar Banting, Emily Greene Balch and Eisaku Sato.

To do justice to the former U.S. vice president, he certainly represents a big improvement over such past winners as Yasser Arafat and Rigobertu Menchu. Menchu, a propagandist for the leftist Guatemalan guerrilla movement, won the prize in 1992 on the strength of her heart-rending personal testimony, I, Rigobertu Menchu. Menchu's story later proved fabricated, leading to calls for the rescission of her prize. As we shall see, Gore often traffics in hysterical exaggeration--but at least he does not consciously invent.

The Gazette

Published: 19 hours ago

There was a time when the Nobel Peace Prize was almost the private preserve of statesmen, people who actually and directly made or preserved peace in the world: Lester Pearson after Suez; Willy Brandt for his role in East-West d├ętente; and so on.

But the Norwegian Nobel Committee has occasionally found time for peace activists, social workers and the righteous, from those involved in the international arbitration movement before the First World War through to Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, and microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus.

So it's not really a surprise that Al Gore will now have a Nobel to put on his mantle (does he use his fireplace?) between his Emmy and his Oscar.

Of course, there's increased speculation about his running for president, both for...

Emmy, Oscar, Nobel: How 'bout that presidency, Al?


Saturday, October 13, 2007 – Page A27

If the world could vote, Al Gore would be the next president of the United States.

He is the most qualified American to be president of the world's most important country: congressman, senator, vice-president, statesman, policy expert, communicator, winner of an Oscar, an Emmy and, now, the Nobel Peace Prize. No candidate, not even Hillary Clinton, can match those credentials.

... and against.

Award heats up Gore-for-president buzz

Former U.S. vice-president, UN panel on climate change named for efforts to spread awareness on global warming

From Saturday's Globe and Mail

WASHINGTON — When he refused to take questions from reporters, the speculation only became more intense.

The movement to draft Al Gore for the Democratic presidential nomination went into overdrive Friday, with the news that he was co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

"This award will only add to the tremendous tidal wave of support for Al Gore," declared the website, an Internet-based collection of Democrats who are trying to persuade the former vice-president to enter the race for the party's presidential nomination.

"He has no choice but to take the one step left to have the greatest impact in changing policy on global warming — run for President."

But Mr. Gore will almost certainly not run, if for no other reason than there is very little chance that he would win.

As much as I don't think Al Gore even qualified for a Nobel Peace Prize (check out Lawdog for a copy of Mr. Nobel's will to see why), I think this may turn out to be a good thing in the end. It may finally call a lot more attention to the errors and exaggerations in AIT, and more people will finally learn more and recognize it for the political propaganda it is.

One can hope.

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