12 October 2007

Al Gore wins the Nobel Peace Prize

The news is hours old already, but it's said and done. Al Gore, the former vice president and the rightful winner of the 2000 presidential race, is now a Nobelaureate, sharing the honor with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Their work in alerting people to the climate change crisis, which may provoke many future wars, was instrumental; hopefully with some action, these alarms - and the resulting wars - will never have to happen.

Response from the US is pathetic at best, dominated by those who still think global warming is a liberal globalist myth. John McCain was especially virulent about his criticism of Gore as an "undeserving" recipient of the Nobel Prize.

It's not enough to come up with Al Gore, America. It's also crucial that the people of America know the facts, admit them, and do something about it, instead of burying their heads in the sand in denial, driving around in 4x4s with "OFF-ROADERS FOR BUSH" bumper stickers. (There are LOTS of them here in Reagan Country.) So even though Gore's win is a plus for the world and America, I am, more than ever, ashamed to be an American (and even more ashamed to be from Southern California), given the nation's poor treatment of its precious hero.

Aftenposten, Norway