October 12th, 2007
08:47 AM ET
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Gore gets Nobel Peace Prize

"An Inconvenient Truth," a 2006 documentary featuring Al Gore, won two Academy Awards this year.

(CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work to raise awareness about global warming.

In a statement, Gore said he was "deeply honored," adding that "the climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity."

The former vice president said he would donate his half of the $1.5 million prize to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a U.S. organization he founded that aims to persuade people to cut emissions and reduce global warming.

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  1. Jack, Washington, DC

    I was truly disappoint to see the comments by Miles O’Brian this morning where, as the CNN Science and Technology correspondent, said that some of the claims made in An Inconvenient Truth, represented “exaggerations” by Gore (referring to the 9-points a British judge ruled to be in question). Unfortunately, one of the examples Miles chose is manifestly true, unless the hundreds of reports about polar bears drowning, including on CNN, are all fabrications.

    Go to CNN’s own Web site and search for “polar bears drowning” and you get more than 100 hits of reports, articles, and videos.

    October 12, 2007 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  2. Stephen J, Philadelphia, Pa.

    Al Gore pays more in energy bills on his home(s) than I make in a year.

    He flies in a gas-guzzling Gulfstream, adding a big ole carbon trail to his beloved environment.

    He doesn't think there's anything wrong with wealthy Hollywood types "buying " carbon credits, so that they may continue their lavish lifestyles. Indeed, he does so himself.

    He owns the company which "sells" carbon credits.

    Al Gore will not debate some of the top scientists and environmental activists who disagree with his theory.

    Al Gore has a very well paid team of spokespeople, public relations experts and lawyers to enhance and promote his image.

    October 12, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  3. Agoura, Springfield, IL

    Al Gore should decline the Nobel Peace Prize, instead telling the panel that the men and women of the United States military deserve this "prize" much, much more than he.

    October 12, 2007 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  4. formy, evanston, il

    now here's a person who went into depression, having lost the electoral vote. he's been elevated to pop star status, now how much higher can he go? there's nowhere. they can't come up with a more hysterical prize than what he has gained. he stil has not gained the respect of those who know he's full of it.

    October 13, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  5. ThirstyJon, Adelaide, SA, Australia

    I think Al Gore should use the money he won to get himself to Mars (which is undergoing global warming). They need him up there. Somehow we've go to stop those Martians from causing global warming on their planet.
    :-)

    ThirstyJon
    freedomthirst.com

    October 13, 2007 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  6. Kathy, Boston, MA

    Gore rights a book and makes money off it . Then makes a movie and makes money off it. How has this made humanity better? I have lost all respect for the Nobel prize.

    October 13, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  7. A.Reyes SA, TX.

    .....if you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all!

    Congratulations VP Gore for a job well done.

    October 13, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Exxon, I have read, is granting funds to scientists who publish research that is critical of the global warming hypothesis. That is to say, they are funding research based on its conclusions rather than on its methods.

    Exxon executives are thinking that if the global warming hypothesis is true, then various governments may try to reduce the amount of emissions going into the air, water, and soil. This may mean that the industry will be required to purchase equipment that will reduce emissions or incur other expenses that will reduce profits.

    Therefore, the global warming hypothesis must be defeated, as if it were a political program. Like most humans, corporate executives are quite capable of self-delusion and rationalization. They think, "More 'chicken-little-sky-is-falling' nonsense from the tree-huggers' or 'scientists used to believe that there were canals on Mars and that turned out to be false; this will too.'"

    When the climate crisis becomes so severe that our lives are dramatically impacted, those executives will be living in nice homes in cooler climates. They will be applying for government grants and tax credits to solve the problems they are now denying.

    October 13, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Don Fitzgerald, Chicago

    Mac, you ask: Why wasn't the prize for sciences? The reason it was for Peace, I think because Vice President Gore presented to the world, a comprehensive picture. The picture he presented was of what our world could become if we do not join forces and reverse the industrial trends that have brought us to this disastrous point, for us and for our Earth. That he personally committed to spending his " celebrity " for the good of humankind and our wonderful Earth, is cause for celebration. He has made America proud and I salute him for that.
    SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, BRING THEM HOME, ALIVE. NOW.

    October 13, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. jackline,wichita,ks

    Wow, Al Gore is another anderson cooper who we see his lies on tv everyday! You would think he knows alot yet he's just raking millions. Now Gore you enter Bush company. What the difference. I think everybody should become greedy in this world. Now he will have a resourceful income the rest of his life! I just see lies everywhere even in my teachers eyes. I just see lies with British looking people. I am not racist but surely! Then let's perfect Other communities with greed as we do with region!

    October 13, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Joe, Florida

    The fact of the matter is that Al Gore has been more successful than anyone else before in raising Climate Change Awareness. He deserves this prize just for that. This man was the President we elected in 2000, shame on the Supreme Court and the rest of those dirty politicians who put Bush in the White House instead.

    For many reasons, he will not run against Hillary, but I don't see how he couldn't run in future Presidential elections.

    He Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.
    Congratulations!!

    October 13, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Sean, Pompano Beach, fl

    I liked Gore better on saturday night live than as some sort of role model.

    The man who invented the internet.......right.....

    Carbon foorprint.....
    Does that account for the methane and manure that comes out of peoples mouths in politics?

    Nickles talk to me. Woodsy the owl is real, I know because he says hes real.

    Get the heck out of here....

    Whomever gets the nobel peace prize shodu be the one who gets the economy straight and makes minimum wage a livable wage – which will lead to a much more peaceful america...

    October 13, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. James, NY, NY

    What a joke. This buffoon doesn't fall into any of the categories established in the will of Alfred Nobel:

    The capital shall be invested by my executors in safe securities and shall constitute a fund, the interest on which shall be annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind. The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: one part to the person who shall have made the most important discovery or invention within the field of physics; one part to the person who shall have made the most important chemical discovery or improvement; one part to the person who shall have made the most important discovery within the domain of physiology or medicine; one part to the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work of an idealistic tendency; and one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity among nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.

    October 13, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Pat, Salem VA

    FOR ALL THE HATERS:

    Who the hell do you think is more deserving of this year's Nobel "Peace" Prize...Georgie for his "brilliant" handling of the war in Iraq!!!???

    October 13, 2007 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. George, Denver, CO

    To Pat from Salem, VA:

    Neither Gore nor Bush deserves it. What's your point? But anyways, the Peace Prize is so politically influenced it means nothing.

    October 15, 2007 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  16. Aaron, Lynnwood, WA

    Give me a break. This guy is a fraud, and his movie was rediculous. The Nobel Peace Prize has lost it's value. Gore is no more honest than Michael Moore.

    October 15, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Aaron, Lynnwood, WA

    Why don't we switch to electricity? Electricity comes from the wall, not from overseas, and it gets there by magic.

    Electricity has a "carbon footprint" too. And who says that carbon dioxide has anything to do with it? I thought it was greenhouse gasses, and we were already supposed to be underwater by now. Oddly enough, the water level is *gasp* the same as it was 20 years ago. And did you know that the earth creates 700-800 gigatons of CO2 every year WITHOUT our help? Yeah those couple of gigatons a year that ALL HUMANITY contributes will destroy the world, huh. Besides, why are we taking our environmental science advice from a politician, and not from a (hmmm) scientist?

    Gore is a fraud. I love how you liberals just resort to calling people stupid when they disagree with you, yet you say we are the ignorant ones. You're the ones beleiving anything the media hand-feeds you, but I'm ignorant for doing my own research. Yes the climate is changing, but it's not because people drive SUVs and smoke cigarettes. We are a much cleaner society than we were 20 years ago. Gore is feeding you a lie, just like Bush fed you a lie about Iraq (and some would say afghanistan).

    So why is he feeding you a lie? Maybe he wants to be president. Maybe he stands to make a great deal of money. Maybe he just likes to bask in his own egotistical glory. Personally, it scares me a lot that all of the politicians are more interested in global warming than the scientists. Am I the only one skeptical about this?

    October 15, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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