October 12th, 2007
09:00 AM ET
7 years ago

Democrats congratulate Gore on Nobel Peace Prize

Ole Danbolt Mjos, chairman of the Nobel committee, displays a picture of Al Gore in Oslo, Norway, on Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Several Democratic presidential candidates released statements Friday congratulating Al Gore for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson called the former vice president's efforts "awe-inspiring" and said in a written statement that he "has a remarkable record of public service. For over twenty years, he has been dedicated to fighting global warming for our nation and the world. His Nobel Prize is well-deserved."

"By having the courage to challenge the skeptics in Washington and lead on the climate crisis facing our planet, Al Gore has advanced the cause of peace and richly deserves this reward," said Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in a written statement.

A message was posted on New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's website stating that Gore's "dedication and tireless work have been instrumental in raising international awareness about global warming."

North Carolina Sen. John Edwards released a statement as well, saying, "The Nobel Peace Prize rewards three decades of Vice President Gore's prescient and compelling - and often lonely - advocacy for the future of the Earth."

"His leadership stands in stunning contrast to the failure of the current administration to pursue policies that would reduce the harm of global warming," the statement read.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd also joined the chorus of accolades, stating, "Al's tireless efforts to increase awareness of the threats of global warming have provided a powerful voice telling the world that we need to act now.”

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  1. Pete, T.S. FL

    You people amaze me! An American has won a great recognition and all you can do is slam him. Have you no shame? I for one am proud of my fellow citizen for taking a stand for what is not only right for America but for what is right for our planet. It really doesn’t matter what is causing the climate changes, the fact is they are happening and they are happening fast. So should we as humans look at all possible causes for this or do we simply ignore the ones that point at us?

    The good news is that by us voicing our unqualified opinions we at least keep the subject relevant.

    October 12, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Buya Clueseau, Detroit, MI USA

    Kris, Toronto, ON Said: "....I wonder if Bush will ever win a prize? Oh yeah, he already did.

    WORST PRESIDENT, EVER."

    ....and my best line from the late Rodney Dangerfield to you, Kris, "

    'AH Canada! What if they gave a country and nobody came?"

    Seems to me if you studied US history, there were far worse presidents. Now before you go off on a rant, we could look at Pierre Trudeau and his disasterous leadership and marriage follies. Don't want to go there?

    October 12, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Joining Arafat a terrorist..and now Gore...a scare-orist – does this organization have any credibility after Arafat?

    October 12, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. C.Evans, Columbus, Ohio

    Al Gore is the ONLY choice for President...He is a Statesman and Visionary and that is what we need to get out of our BIG MESS. He is our LAST HOPE.
    Obama and Clinton act positively self-interested and juvenile...i cringe at the thought of either these two running the country...

    October 12, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. joseph, austin, tx

    i think the dems should regulate that every school child on mars should have the pleasure of watching als' opinion piece "an inconvienent truth" so he can enlighten them as to why mars has been heating up faster than the earth is.

    October 12, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    American Vice-president wins NOBEL PEACE prize think about that folks, and you on the right call yourselves patriots? yet you are the first to stone the man for winning such prestigious award... be proud that an American won, what is wrong with all of you? unless you were rooting for some other country I suppose... I tell you this much even if VP Chaney ever wins an international Award I will be proud that an American won. you can't go wrong with loving your country and the best it contains...

    October 12, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Mac, Severn, Md

    Why wasn't it the Nobel Prize for science?

    October 12, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. steve Loudon, TN

    He joins the likes of Arafat, Hitler, Stalin, et. al as Peace Award recipient. What a phony.

    October 12, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  9. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    You can't be an environmentalist and eat meat, yet Gore does.

    As much as I love him, I'm afraid it's just been a great career move for him since he does not walk the walk.

    I guess that would be too "inconvenient" for him.

    October 12, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. Joe, Yorktown, VA

    Hey Henry Tucker! Do you guys only get mainstream media websites in Georgia? Heh, 'cause I swear I was doing research after reading your conspiracy theorist rant here at CNN.com, and it looks like Ole Danbolt Mjos, chairman of the Nobel committee, is the leader of the Norway's Christian Peoples Party, a conservative group that takes a hard stance against abortion and stem cell research. I am not sure what setting you have your brain cooking on, but I think it's overboiling!

    October 12, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. MR. BRUISER, DALLAS

    OH YEAH THE DUMMYCRATS HAD A GEM IN CLINTON. GAVE OUR MISSLE SECRETS TO CHINA. SOLD MUCHO LAND TO THEM AND SOME RIGHT ACROSS FROM OUR NAVY BASE . WOW WHAT A BRAIN. AMERICA IS LOSS, HOPE YOU GUYS ARE HAPPY IF HILDA BEAST WINS OR ANY DUMMYCRAT. I THINK I QUIT WORK GET A DIVORCE SO MY EX WILL RECEIVE ALL THE FREE-BE'S AND MOVE BACK IN WITH HER TO ENJOY THEM. SOMEONE MUST WORK TO PROVIDE ALL THE GOOD STUFF THEY WILL PROVIDE.

    October 12, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. Joe, Yorktown, VA

    Additionally, some Americans, I've noticed will take a partisan approach to almost anything. You cannot take a partisan position against climate change. It is not a partisan issue; it is a multigenerational, multicultural issue. We're bright enough that we should research alternative methods to fuel our progressive planet and put antiquated and damaging industries behind us.

    October 12, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. John McCarthy, Newport News, VA

    Buya Clueseau, your opinion about Bush NOT being the worst president is mere opinion, and is thusly a logical fallacy.

    October 12, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. Dyer, Columbus Oh.

    The socialist Europeans have become indoctrinated by Al Gore's publicist.

    October 12, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  15. beth, portola california

    Al Gore will be remembered in history as a visionary, someone who strived to achieve something for the good of humanity. Bush will be remembered as a selfish destroyer of the American Consitution and one who authorized crimes against humanity in Irag, destabilizing the middle east for decades based on an ill conceived plan for profit for his oil buddies.

    October 12, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  16. Rick, Kansas City, MO

    Ahh....Congratulations Mr. Gore. You have joined the likes of Yassir Arafat.

    Must be an honor...

    October 13, 2007 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  17. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Some people here criticize the Nobel selection committee for the choice of Gore, saying that Gore's work is not strictly consistent with the Nobel charter. They say the prize should go to those who negotiate peace treaties or who arrange cease fire agreements during wartime.

    Let us imagine that the predictions of climatologists are true, that continued pollution of the air will result in the melting of ice and rising of sea level. Let us suppose that coastal cities are gradually submerged and much of their population displaced. Let us suppose that China and India dramatically increase their consumption of oil and their production of pollutants and the rest of the third world follows their lead. Let us also suppose that the human race continues to breed like ferrets and that the population in 2050 grows to the predicted ten billion (6.5 billion now), all wanting a car, all using electricity, all using lots of plastic products, and all sitting still in their idling cars on gridlocked freeways.

    Do we imagine that life will just go on happily forever for Americans? Isn't there a good possibility that the quality of life will deteriorate dramatically? Won't our children curse the memory of us for leaving such a mess for them? Could there be a war over oil? Could India invade the middle east to seize oil fields? Could the developing middle east decide to keep their oil rather than sell it to us? Would we allow that?

    Climatologists say there is still time to turn the situation around, but I am skeptical. How can that many minds be changed in so few years. Fortunately for me, I will be dead, having lived a full lifetime in a kinder era.

    Many of you, however, will still be alive in 2050. Best of luck to you.

    October 13, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Frank Honolulu Hawaii

    Go Al! The first time around I thought he was boring and milk toast. Now I see him in a different light. I'm actually proud of him and I think it would be the best thing for the United States to have him as an executive. Washington and politics in general are a dark, stinky muck, I wouldn't blame anyone for not jumping into it. but it is a very powerful position that someone could do a lot of good for the world. He kinda does look like Superman.

    October 13, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
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