A Nobel for Truth
On Friday, I noted here that for justification of Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize, one simply needs to look back at “2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Muta Maathai.” Maathai, an environmentalist, “founded the Green Belt Movement,” which the Boston Globe noted on Saturday “combats desertification.” The Globe has more:
Gore’s award is firmly in this vein. But no one should doubt that global warming can affect world peace.First, the dire effects of climate change are felt most severely in the poorest, least stable nations. Droughts, floods, desertification, and crop failures upend whole societies, creating refugee crises and resource wars. The horror of Darfur, in many ways a struggle over water and arable land, is just one example. In Haiti, degradation of the land also has contributed to violent strife.
If the problems of climate change cause civil conflict, its solutions often promote democracy and peace. From the grass roots to the corridors of power, reversing global warming demands cross-border cooperation and more equitable distribution of scarce resources.
Conversely, the Globe also published an OP/ED by skeptic Bjorn Lomborg, which the wingnuts are using to attack Gore. However, the Globe’s editorial board nails the truth: “The Nobel committee has seen the future of global conflict, and the environment is at the center of the effort to prevent war and promote peace.”
Lomborg and the the other flat-earthers may continue to bury their heads in the sand, but eventually they’ll need to come up for air, when the do they may find the temperatures rised a bit and they’ll be in a shrinking minority of non-believers.