This just confirms what a bogus award the Nobel Peace Prize has become. Past winners have often been inappropriate, such as when murderous thugs such as Yasser Arafat were awarded for claims and intentions rather than their murderous actions. At least in past cases, as deluded as they often were, the claim is it had something to do with World Peace. Now the prize has been shown to be no more than a way to reward favored political causes, not anything to do with peace. That was clear in the past with many awards, this is just the least defensible, if not the most revolting.
I can only assume they wanted to give him an award, and if they tried to give him one in the sciences the scientific community would double over in laughter. The ironic thing is that the IPCC has actually compiled some real science, while Al Gore’s claims are way out of the consensus the panel is trying to achieve. The claims Gore makes are an embarrassment to the scientific consensus. Most of the much derided “skeptics” are closer to the IPCC’s work than Al Gore. It would have been less incongruous from a scientific standpoint to give it to Bjorn Lomborg, though it fits many of the political uses of the IPCC. As I said, it has no merit as a peace prize, it has no merit from a scientific view to pair him with the IPCC, but it does fit the Nobel Committees political goals quite well. What a joke.
Update: I like this quote over at Volokh Conspiracy from the commenter known as Kazinski:
What did he win it for? I knew that Al Gore was the father of Extraordinary Rendition but I didn’t know the Peace Prize committee was on board with the war on terror.
“That’s a no-brainer. Of course it’s a violation of international law, that’s why it’s a covert action. The guy is a terrorist. Go grab his ass.”- Al Gore
Roger Simon: “Gore Deserves Nobel Prize More Than Oscar”
Fark: “Woman who saved 2500 Jews during the Holocaust given Nobel Peace Prize —- just kidding, it’s the guy who emits over a ton of CO2 a year telling us to stop global warming”
Update: Others Blogging:
ScrappleFace: “Although former Vice President Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize this week for his work as a global-warming performance artist, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled early today that President George Bush would receive the gold medal, the diploma and the $750,000.”
Jonas Kyratzes: “Seriously, people. There are certainly more disgusting figures than Gore - Bush, Kerry, Blair, etc. But just because he’s occasionally put forth an idea which isn’t catastrophically idiotic (Bush), appallingly opportunistic (Kerry) or just butt-crawlingly evil (Blair), doesn’t mean he should be elevated to being the god of the Vaguely Progressive There’s Something Wrong With The World But We Refuse To Use Our Brains To Analyze It movement.”
This Ain’t Hell: “The fact that British courts even decided last week that the documentary is full of inaccuracies didn’t deter the committee from making the politically-correct decision.”
Daimnation: “I would have preferred to see the Prize go to some of the people putting their lives on the line to fight tyranny in Zimbabwe, Burma or the Middle East, but we knew this was coming.”
Damian Thompson: “The former US Vice-President has already taken over from Michael Moore as the most sanctimonious lardbutt Yank on the planet. Can you imagine what he’ll be like now that the Norwegian Nobel committee has given him the prize? More to the point, can you imagine how enormous his already massive carbon footprint will become once he starts jetting around the world bragging about his new title?”
Fausta’s Blog: “Tripping over themselves to further assininity, the Committee bypassed true heroes of the worldwide struggle for freedom, such as the Burmese monks and the Ladies in White”
The Hill’s Pundit Blog
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