The Nobel Peace Prize committee follows these standards in choosing a Winner: "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."
So, I am waiting a beat and then saying with a huge mixture of disgust and disbelief: "AL GORE???" I mean, are you kidding??? AL GORE? Make that disgust, disbelief and disappointment. Although the Nobel Peace Prize has become somewhat of a joke - Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, Kofi Annan, The International Atomic Energy Agency - it also heralds some of the most influential Humanitarians - Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama, Shirin Ibadi, Theodore Roosevelt and more. I would even acknowledge the efforts of Jimmy Carter who makes a much better peacemaker than politician but the whole Al Gore Propaganda of Hysteria is just ridiculous. And now we promote peace through propaganda and promotion of worldwide hysteria based on half ass facts that he does not even understand? He is not exactly a great poster child for minimizing carbon footprints on the planet with his monthly electrical bills that exceed a normal American family's bills for an entire year.
How 'bout some windmills and solar panels, Al?
A few other amusing drivels - about the only funny things about Al Gore being a Nobel Peace Prize Winner:
- "China," he says, "is on the cutting edge" of environmentalism." "A report released in 1998 by the World Health Organization (WHO) noted that of the ten most polluted cities in the world, seven can be found in China. Sulfur dioxide and soot caused by coal combustion are two major air pollutants, resulting in the formation of acid rain, which now falls on about 30% of China's total land area. Industrial boilers and furnaces consume almost half of China's coal and are the largest single point sources of urban air pollution."
- Gore labels future CO2 rise as "deeply unethical” and lectures the audience that "Each one of us is a cause of global warming.” Although I would put forth that most of us do not have a private jet nor a $4900 per month electric bill.
- Institut Pasteur (Paris) Professor Paul Reiter seemed to sum up the sentiments of many experts when he labeled the film 'An Inconvenient Truth': "pure, mind-bending propaganda.” Such reactions should certainly cause viewers to wonder if Nobel Prize winning French novelist Andre Gide had a point when he advised, "Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it."
- "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." Gore said. Pete Talek, a U.S. Steel employee speaking with Al Gore: "I am a few credits shy of earning a master's degree and could use federal funds to help defray tuition costs" because he also is putting a daughter through community college. "I worked with a 14-inch pipe wrench for years and a coal shovel." Adding that he since has added a computer keyboard to the list of tools he can now use. "Gore smiled and admitted that he, too, has trouble turning on a computer - let alone using one." (1998) Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight. oh gods - hand me the barf bag.