The a lot of speculation brewing over whether Al Gore will be awarded the Nobel peace Prize this Friday and if he does win the Nobel… Will he jump into the ’08 race for president?
Al Gore is being tipped as a favourite to win the Nobel peace prize in Oslo this Friday in a controversial move that could place saving the planet above saving people from war and conflict.
Gore, a former American vice-president and failed presidential candidate, has reinvented himself as the “Goracle” with a rock star following after presenting last year’s Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, about the dangers of climate change.
He was nominated for the Nobel prize jointly with Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a Canadian Inuit activist who has campaigned about the effect of climate change on Arctic peoples.
“A prerequisite for winning the Nobel peace prize is making a difference and Al Gore has made a difference,” said Boerge Brende, a former Norwegian environment minister who nominated Gore and Watt-Cloutier.
“I think they are likely winners this year,” said Stein Toennesson, director of Oslo’s International Peace Research Institute. The winner will receive $1.5m (£750,000) in prize money.
Last year there was plenty of speculation over whether Gore would run for the White House in 2008 and we frequently heard Gore say, “I haven’t completely ruled it out.” But, the buzz has quelled for some time now, still “some commentators in America, including the British writer Christopher Hitchens, believe he could use a Nobel win to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.”
“Can he stand to watch another Clinton walk away with a nomination that could have been, or could still be, his?” Hitchens asked.
I think Al Gore has settled on what the future holds for him, and that is continue to press the issue of Global Warming.
Global temperatures will rise 2.5C within the next century even if the world hits its targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, according to the scientist leading research into the issue.
Consequences could include widespread starvation, as farm yields fall 50% in parts of Africa, water shortages for 300m and the destruction of 20-30% of species. If targets are missed the rise could reach 4C.
Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, issued his warning in London last week.
“We have come to the conclusion that global warming is unequivocal,” he said. “What is particularly worrying is that it is accelerating.”
Good luck Al! Winning the Nobel peace prize would certainly knock the hole in the blathering of the flat-earthers… or at least we hope it will.