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THE award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the UN's top climate panel on Friday has prompted a fresh chorus of criticism from global warming sceptics -- with one dubbing the award "a political gimmick".

The former vice-president has an Oscar for his film on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, and the Nobel prize proved a laurel too far for some of his detractors.

Czech President Vaclav Klaus cast doubt on Gore's contribution to the cause of peace, the ostensible purpose of the Norwegian prize.

In a statement, the climate change sceptic said he was "a bit surprised that Al Gore has received a peace prize because the connection between his activities and world peace are vague and not very clear".

In Norway, the main opposition party expressed its surprise at the decision.

Gjermund Hagesaether, from the far-right Progress Party, said: "We believe it is strange to give the prize to Al Gore for having made a film on climate that is subjective, one-sided and full of one-sided assertions."

In France, a sour note was sounded by a leading French climate sceptic, former Socialist education minister and award-winning geochemist Claude Allegre.

He brushed off Friday's announcement as "a political gimmick", saying: "The amount of nonsense in Al Gore's film! It's all politics, it's designed to intervene in American politics. It's scandalous. There's a presidential election upcoming in the United States, and it's well known that Gore wants to run."

The White House -- which Gore lost to George W. Bush in 2000 after the intervention of the US Supreme Court -- was studiously neutral on the award.

Others queried the Nobel's focus only on climate change.

Bjorn Lomborg, author of A Sceptical Environmentalist, said: "The Nobel Prize committee should have focused on the other great forgotten problems like malnourishment, malaria, the lack of free trade in farming, rather than climate change."

And one of the world's foremost meteorologists called the theory that helped Al Gore win a share of the Nobel prize the product of "people who don't understand how the atmosphere works".

Dr William Gray, a pioneer in the science of seasonal hurricane forecasts, spoke to a packed lecture hall at the University of North Carolina and said humans were not responsible for global warming.

"We're brainwashing our children," said Gray, 78, a longtime professor at Colorado State University. "They're going to the Gore movie and being fed all this. It's ridiculous."


From the Herald Sun.
 

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After they gave a peace prize to Arafat, who cares who they nominate?

There is no integrity and Nobel himself would be ashamed to see what has been done in his name.
 

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Its odd that algore should be given a prize for global warming since he contributes so much to it.
A mansion that uses 10 times the energy of a normal house.
Exhorting Americans to conserve while the rest of the world pollutes., ie; China, Most of the African continent, Russia, India, etc. etc.
Then he wants us to fly coach while he flits about in his private jets.

Oh yeah, he "buys" carbon credits! INSTEAD of cutting back on his lifestyle.

All thoise Norwegian jokes are actualy true. UFFDA!
 

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Don't the carbon credits come from one of his own companies ??
 

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not likely
 

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Interesting how it was for "Peace" and not Science.

If algore was so concerned for the global environment, why did he block the US signing the Kyoto edict?
If algore was so concerned about (and deserving of an award for) peace, where was his protesting of the way the Clinton administration's inaction during the Rawanda masacres?
 

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Oscar, Emmy, Nobel.... prizes just don't mean what they used to when they're bought.
Meaningless trinkets now!
I hear the inscriptions on Algores says, "I tried to con the nation and all I got was this lousy statue." :D
 

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I don't think he owns the company, but rather owns stock in it.
Of course us peons are expected to reduce our standard of living instead of buying "carbon credits"
When he sells off his private jets, and buys a ticket in coach class, I will believe he is serious.
 

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Isn't that true of most politicians and rich people? Make laws, conditions, etc that do not apply to themselves.
 

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Yep. Especially politicians. Look into congress and Equal Opportunity laws...
 

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The Patriot perspective

FOR THE RECORD

“Al Gore, the latest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a poor choice, one likely not to stand the test of time. Leaving aside the school-marmish, preachy, superior attitude that makes him such a magnet for parody, Gore is a phony. On the basis of his actions and writings over many years my guess is that Gore suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The criteria for this diagnosis, as described in the psychiatrist’s bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, include a ‘pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy... a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)... a preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love; believes that he or she is special and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions), and... shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.’ People who suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder are tough to be around. They make terrible bosses, unbearable in-laws and insufferable neighbors. That’s why I don’t want Al Gore to be president—or to live next door to me.”
—Hoover Institution fellow Dr. Henry Miller

(As Mark Alexander notes in his essay, “Pathology of the Left,” “As a Tennessean, not only do I not want Al Gore as a neighbor, I would be content if he never returned to my state. In fact, as an American, I would prefer he pack up and leave the continent altogether.”)

THE LAST WORD

“Before reviewing Gore’s various inanities that won him the Nobel, it is worth taking a look at one of his related projects: carbon offsets. As chairman and founder of Generation Investment Management, a firm that purchases carbon dioxide offsets, Gore stands to profit further from what he sees as mankind’s misery—which is OK by me. I’m glad to see he finally has developed the capitalist instinct (like his dad did with Occidental Petroleum and Armand Hammer). But carbon offsets are a rather strange concept. Let me use a simple metaphor to explain it: Let’s suppose that Al Gore goes to an Italian restaurant and eats a loaf of garlic bread, a plate of lasagna, a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, an extra-large pizza with seven toppings, a couple bottles of Chianti and a large assortment of pastries. As a result, he puts on 10 pounds. But he is deeply concerned that mankind is getting too fat. So he pays 10 peasants in Asia $10 each to eat nothing for a week. Although they are already thin, by starving themselves for a week, they each lose a pound. As a result, after a week, mankind is weight neutral. Al Gore weighs 10 pounds more, 10 Asians weigh 10 pounds less—and Al Gore is given another Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in keeping mankind’s waistline in check.”
—Tony Blankley
 
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