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Friday, October 12, 2007

Prescient and Compelling: Congratulations, Al Gore!

Congratulations, Al Gore!  Al Gore has been working hard on solving the problem of global warming for 30 years.  I'm so glad to hear that he's won the Nobel Peace Prize! He's a leading advocate for one of the most important issues of our time, and he may well save the world. This prize is definitely well deserved.

Gore is the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize since Jimmy Carter, so it's been a while. I hope that this does a little something to repair the damage to America's reputation in the world.

"I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize," Gore said in a statement. "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."

Gore will donate his share of the $1.5 million dollar prize to Alliance for Climate Protection. Nice!

Here's a video from a while back of Al Gore talking about global warming:

One of my other favorite Democrats, my candidate for president, John Edwards, called Gore's battle to save the planet "prescient and compelling -- and often lonely." Here is his statement:

"Congratulations to Al Gore. The Nobel Peace Prize rewards three decades of Vice President Gore's prescient and compelling -- and often lonely -- advocacy for the future of the Earth. His leadership stands in stunning contrast to the failure of the current administration to pursue policies that would reduce the harm of global warming.

"The Nobel Committee's recognition of Vice President Gore shines a bright light on the most inconvenient truth of all -- the selection of George Bush as president has endangered the peace and prosperity of the entire planet.

"Two terms later, Americans are ready for bold change, ready to be patriotic about something other than war and ready to take action to stop global warming before it's too late. The stakes are sky-high -- as Al Gore predicted, our Earth is in the balance."

John Edwards has been bringing global warming to the forefront in his own campaign; he's been running a carbon neutral campaign and has a strong plan to address the problem.

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