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Gore Gives Prize Money to Alliance for Climate Protection

By Climate Guest Contributor on October 12, 2007 at 12:09 pm

"Gore Gives Prize Money to Alliance for Climate Protection"

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Gore’s statement via e-mail:

I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This award is even more meaningful because I have the honor of sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change–the world’s pre-eminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis–a group whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years. We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level.

My wife, Tipper, and I will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the award to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan non-profit organization that is devoted to changing public opinion in the U.S. and around the world about the urgency of solving the climate crisis.

Thank you,

Al Gore

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17 Responses to Gore Gives Prize Money to Alliance for Climate Protection

  1. Ron says:

    Joe,

    Have you considered commenting on the book by Vaclav Klaus?

    Here’s a snippet from http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=a1fGKswXQThQ&refer=home

    —- Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who in his book “A Blue, Not a Green Planet” questions scientists’ conclusions about global warming and measures recommended to address climate change, said in a statement in Prague that he is “somewhat surprised” at the selection of Gore to share the peace prize “because a link between his activities and global peace is unclear.”

    Klaus, who has expressed his skepticism during speeches at the Cato Institute in Washington and at the UN, said Gore’s activities are “casting doubt on the basic foundations of contemporary civilization and thus not adding to maintaining peace.”

  2. Ron says:

    And notice what Al is donating the money for?

    Not to fight climate change, or to develop technology, but “changing public opinion”.

  3. caerbannog says:


    Not to fight climate change, or to develop technology, but “changing public opinion”.

    Given that one of the major obstacles to solving the greenhouse gas problem is the rampant, ignorant wingnuttery in the USA, I consider that to be a very worthwhile goal.

    Changing uninformed opinions to informed opinions is a necessary first step.

  4. IANVS says:

    caerbannog,

    Here! Here!

  5. Dano says:

    Given that one of the major obstacles to solving the greenhouse gas problem is the rampant, ignorant wingnuttery in the USA, I consider that to be a very worthwhile goal.

    I am a fan of the evil bunny, but in my mind it’s the rampant ignorance of the typical person with regard to their knowledge of their impacts on the environment. Of course, our society prevents this knowledge from filtering through so its not entirely Joe Q Public’s fault.

    Here on the Front Range, it’s perfectly typical to find people running their automobiles, whether or not they are in them. I think this is because gas is too cheap.

    So IMHO the major obstacle is the lack of full, clear price signals that allows us to address the GHG problem.

    Best,

    D

  6. Paul K says:

    caerbannog,
    You certainly won’t convince the rampant, ignorant wingnuttery by calling them names.
    “Changing uninformed opinions to informed opinions is a necessary first step.” That step has already been taken. More than enough people are concerned with CO2 or carbon in general. The ball is already rolling. Legislation is being written. Joe is always pointing out the technology is in place. That is why I would have liked to see Gore put the money toward direct CO2 mitigation.

  7. Paulina says:

    Legislation is being written. Sure. But will effective legislation be put in place?

    This is one of the Alliance’s goals:

    “Moving the USA past a ‘tipping point’, beyond which the majority of leaders in both major political parties and all sectors of civil society compete to offer genuinely effective proposals, policies, programs and laws that will sharply reduce emissions of CO2, methane and other greenhouse gas pollutants.”

    We are not there yet.

    I for one am quite happy the money is going toward that goal rather than directly toward reducing emissions. Probably a pretty good investment, emission-reductions-wise.

    This is hardly a time for complacency on the policy front!

  8. Jay Alt says:

    Joe or others -
    I recently followed a link to an old post here giving numbers on how few energy ideas make it to market, even decades after their original discoveries. I want to see it again but can’t figure out how to locate it.

    Hints or links please! Thanks in advance.

  9. Dean Grodzins says:

    One of the themes of Joe’s work is that if the global warming crisis is to be solved, it will have to be done with presently-available technology. New technology needs to be developed for the long term, but it will take a long time to be commercially viable, and if we wait for before taking action, we will face disaster. Joe believes that with presently-available technology, we can prevent disaster. Our more pressing problem now, therefore, is public opinion. Gore donated to the right cause.

  10. Aaron says:

    caerbannog, James Madison said it best:

    “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. Popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy — or perhaps both.”

  11. Dave Romm says:

    Paul K:

    You certainly won’t convince the rampant, ignorant wingnuttery by calling them names

    You certainly won’t convince sphincter conservatives with facts, either. There are a range of extremists who will never be convinced about climate change. We can — and should — write these people off. What we can — and should — do is marginalize the wingnuts and appeal to the much larger middle ground who has been gullible enough to believe anything said on Fox “News”. Winning the Nobel Peace Prize gives Al Gore a larger bully pulpit.

    If we’re to affect change, then we need to galvanize those who haven’t been paying attention but can be made aware, and ignore the people who have been dead wrong for decades and continue to have misplaced faith in all the wrong things.

    “Reality has a well-known liberal bias.” — Stephen Colbert

  12. Paul K says:

    Dave Romm,
    I agree that trying to convince the die-hard “deniers” is a waste of time. I think pinning ones hopes on a grand governmental solution is too. Joe says CO2 can be sufficiently reduced through currently available efficiencies and technologies. Gore can use the prize money however he wishes. It’s his prize. I just don’t think it is necessary for everyone to be a “believer” to accomplish the kinds of CO2 reductions Joe advocates. Take me for example and I think there’s a lot of people like me. I’ll gladly admit to being an AGW skeptic. While climate change is way down on my list of reasons to replace carbon as an energy source, I do think replacing carbon is vitally important.

  13. Ronald says:

    We don’t need small reductions in carbon dioxide release, we need huge reductions in greenhouse gas release. this doesn’t mean we need a few people making changes, we need a tipping point of people to change the way most people use fossil fuel energy. We need industrial size changes. While everything helps in it’s own way, it is not nearly enough.

    We need huge percentages of our electricity to be from non-carbon sources. We need huge reductions in how much carbon fuel is used in transportation and industry. We need huge increases in carbon capture from land use changes.

    This isn’t about a few people thinking we can go to the moon and have them build a spacecraft that can do it. This is about changing our industries.

  14. How about addressing the moral and spiritual challenge of man-made economic system?

    There are far more critical and urgent man-made problems (which are actually responsible for climate change) that need our attention. The most critical is the man-made economic system falsely labeled free-market Capitalism based on an unsustainable debt-based usury based and fractional reserve based colonial money paradigm built on greed and artificial scarcity of currency maintained by centralized commercial banking system.

    http://conscious-capitalism.blogspot.com

    We cannot ignore the dimension of growing human suffering, war, injustice and inequality of access, opportunity and wealth distribution this man-made economic system is generating. The entire hierarchical elitist patriarchal powerbase and devaluation and marginalization of women and other minorities is build upon this debt-based usurious currency system. Socially engaged citizens of the world need to unite and address these issues that would not be addressed by mainstream media, academia or politics. A sustainable and equitable currency system designed by the people for the people would secure democracy and peace for us and our children and all life forms. Citizen journalism and conscious action can turn the table with a dancing revolution of joy and freedom that the world is ready to know. Browse some links on side-bar.

    Cheers

  15. Dan says:

    Hold the presses, NASA just found out global warming is not real. Google (npr argo) see for yourself. I recommend Al Gore donate his millions to Christian Childrens Fund. I’m sure the 8000 children who die of starvation everyday would be grateful.

  16. One of the classic ways to lie with statistics is to make false comparisons. The last few years have been slightly cooler than the years after 2001, but they are still warmer than all years in recorded history before 1999. All of them.

    No climatalogical model predicts that global warming will make every year warmer than the year before. There are still large scale cycles of the sun and earth, as well as other factors. Climatology merely predicts that there will be a general upward pressure on temperatures from human activities.

    People who lie are contemptible. People who gush lies in pursuit of their own economic ends are criminal. People who spew lies the way Dan has violate the fundamental substance of civil discourse, because all they are is spammers.

    All thinking people hate spam and they hate spammers.