Al Gore, man on a mission


Photo credit: “Al Gore 0399“, Flickr/World Resources Institute Staff

Some are suggesting former U.S. vice-president Al Gore is about to be announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global warming, thanks to his having cancelled a California appearance tonight in support of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. She sent an e-mail to attendees saying:

[H]e needs to travel abroad tomorrow for an exciting and urgent mission that could result in a major breakthrough in the fight against global warming… You should know that only the most urgent global warming mission has called him out of the country.

Commenters on the thread I’ve linked to point out that it’s only the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize that’s due tonight, North American time; the actual ceremony isn’t for a couple of months, so there’s no obvious reason Gore would have to rush off abroad for it. Besides, though I hate to say it, the Nobel Peace Prize is a bit of a mess. It’s gone to many worthy recipients, but it’s also been given to Henry Kissinger and Yasser Arafat and the entire United Nations (to make a point in 2001, when it was becoming apparent that state actors were no longer what most of us needed to worry about, and including the institutions and member states that stopped good people from intervening in Rwanda and are continuing to stop good people from intervening in Darfur, and so on).

Giving Gore the peace prize would say more about the selection committee than about Gore or the cause of stopping global warming. (Update: Wow. The rare double.)

None of which is my point here. My point here is this:

“Global warming mission”?

Not helpful.


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