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Posted: 10/10/2007 3:20:11 PM EST
Gore, Climate Activists, Head Contenders for Nobel Peace Prize

By Bunny Nooryani
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Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Canadian activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier are among contenders for this year's Nobel Peace Prize for campaigning about the threat of climate change, according to Stein Toennesson, director of the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo.

Buddhist monk Thich Quang Do, former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari and humanitarian group Save the Children may also be among the 181 nominations for the 10 million-krona ($1.5 million) prize, Toennesson said in an interview. The winner is announced by the Norwegian Nobel Committee tomorrow.

``The most likely candidates to win are Al Gore and Sheila Watt-Cloutier,'' Toennesson said. ``It must be tempting for the committee to give the prize to honor work in an area that is at the top of the global agenda.''

Gore, 59, last year published the book and Oscar-winning documentary film ``An Inconvenient Truth'' as part of a campaign against global warming. Watt-Cloutier, 53, has shown how climate change threatens the way of life for indigenous people in the Arctic. Both were nominated by Norwegian members of parliament.

Global warming caused by greenhouse gases is raising sea levels and leading to storms, droughts and other climate disruptions that threaten to displace hundreds of millions of people from Africa to Alaska, according to scientists with the United Nations. The UN will hold a convention in Bali in December to discuss measures to limit emissions.

`Chaos and Terror'

``Climate change has the potential to create a lot of chaos and terror as resources become scarce,'' Watt-Cloutier said in an interview in May. ``If we can address it now, then we have the potential to make this the issue that brought people together around the world.''

An award to an environmentalist would mark a shift in how the five-member Nobel committee defines peace work. The prize has often gone to people working to end armed conflicts or fighting for democratic and human rights. Kenya's Wangari Maathai was the first environmentalist to get it, in 2004.

``There are already climate wars unfolding and the worst area for that is the Sahel belt in Africa,'' Jan Egeland, head of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, told reporters in Oslo on Sept. 28. ``Nomads fight pastoral farmers because there is less land available, because of long-term climate change.''

Secret List

Nominations for the peace prize are kept secret by the Oslo- based Nobel committee, though some candidates are made known by the nominators. Of the 181 nominees for this year's award, 46 were for organizations and the rest for individuals.

Previous winners, parliaments and governments, university chancellors and leaders of peace research institutes can propose candidates. Researchers familiar with the nomination process make predictions of the nominees and their chances of success.

Ahtisaari, 70, may be recognized for his role in brokering a 2005 peace accord between the government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement. Other contenders include Irena Sendler, a Polish woman who saved more than 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust, according to Toennesson.

The committee may also want to draw attention to people fighting for political and human rights, such as Thich Quang Do, who is held under house arrest in Vietnam, Chechnyan lawyer Lida Yusupova or Chinese dissident Rebiya Kadeer, he said.

Bangladesh's Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank won last year for advancing social and economic development by giving loans to the poor. Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama are among past recipients.

Economics Award

The peace prize was created by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel in his will in 1897 and first awarded in 1901. Nobel also set up prizes for achievements in literature, chemistry, medicine and physics. The winners in these categories are picked by the Stockholm-based Nobel Foundation.

U.S. scientists Mario Capecchi and Oliver Smithies and Martin Evans of the U.K. on Oct. 8 won the Nobel Prize in medicine for their work on embryonic stem-cell research.

Albert Fert of France and Peter Gruenberg of Germany on Oct. 9 won the physics prize for their work in developing the technology that has led to miniaturized hard disks for computers and music players. Gerhard Ertl of Germany yesterday was awarded the chemistry prize for research that increased scientists' understanding of how to clean car emissions. The literature prize will be awarded today.

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If Gore wins he will join the likes of Jimmy Carter and Yassir Arafat. Seems about right to me.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 3:22:48 PM EST
Not going to happen.

EVER!

Stay up to date with the news, His movie was discredited in a European court of law. Game over for Gore.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 3:22:51 PM EST
How is pushing junk science good for a peace prize?
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 3:24:10 PM EST
If he wins I think that will seal the deal on him being Hillary's choice for VP.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 3:25:04 PM EST
In other news Rush said he will run for the presidency if he wins the nobel peace prize.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 3:26:23 PM EST
I'm in for him winning, for the same reason he won an Oscar. The powers that be want to give the U.S. the finger.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 3:26:43 PM EST


Oh.

You mean that same award given to Yassir Arafat?

Oh yeah - I gotta get me one of those.

Link Posted: 10/10/2007 3:26:47 PM EST
The internet has revolutionized the world. Why shouldn't the inventor get a Nobel?

All Hail Emperor of the Moon(bats)

Link Posted: 10/10/2007 3:52:44 PM EST
Fuck Gore, give it to Thich Quang Do.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 7:50:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By Milquetoast:
Yasser Arafat got the Nobel Peace Prize. Only logical that Al Gore would, too. I'm surprised they didn't nominate Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, and Osama bin Laden.


I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Hugo Chavez nominated for "having the courage to create a socialist utopia".
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 7:53:46 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 7:54:59 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2007 7:56:57 PM EST by kill-9]

Originally Posted By killswitch1982:
i112.photobucket.com/albums/n161/killswitch82/gore-c.gif


I really want a Jimmy Carter version of that.

ETA: I'd like to see the look on Gore's face if he ever ran across that gif on the 'net.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 8:04:55 PM EST

Originally Posted By Xyster7212:
The internet has revolutionized the world. Why shouldn't the inventor get a Nobel?

All Hail Emperor of the Moon(bats)

suitablyflip.blogs.com/photos/uncategorized/gore_1.jpg


Hey I know that guy. Didn't he ride the mighty moon worm??
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 8:05:09 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2007 8:05:44 PM EST by XeroSygnal]

Originally Posted By Xyster7212:
The internet has revolutionized the world. Why shouldn't the inventor get a Nobel?

All Hail Emperor of the Moon(bats)

suitablyflip.blogs.com/photos/uncategorized/gore_1.jpg


Damn this thing and its double-posting...
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 8:06:21 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 8:13:17 PM EST
It's no that hard to get nominated. We could all get together and nominate Old Painless if we wanted too.

Link Posted: 10/10/2007 8:15:22 PM EST
If they give Al Gore the Nobel Peace prize, the organization has once again proven to me that it means about as much as a lump of shit.

Fucking moonbats pushing their agendas.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 8:22:11 PM EST

Originally Posted By DocD:

Originally Posted By FACTS:
Not going to happen.

EVER!

Stay up to date with the news, His movie was discredited in a European court of law. Game over for Gore.


Source? I don't doubt it, just want to rub it in people's faces at work (for calling me a gore-bal warming denier)



www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=627389

While you're there, post a reply, OK? It could use a bump.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 12:25:18 AM EST

Originally Posted By kill-9:

Originally Posted By Milquetoast:
Yasser Arafat got the Nobel Peace Prize. Only logical that Al Gore would, too. I'm surprised they didn't nominate Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, and Osama bin Laden.


I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Hugo Chavez nominated for "having the courage to create a socialist utopia".


Fidel Castro has been nominated twice.

Oprah Winfrey (WTF?!) has been nominted this year
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 12:34:08 AM EST

Originally Posted By FACTS:
Not going to happen.

EVER!

Stay up to date with the news, His movie was discredited in a European court of law. Game over for Gore.

Not that I don't believe you,but please elaborate!
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 12:35:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By julenissen:

Originally Posted By kill-9:

Originally Posted By Milquetoast:
Yasser Arafat got the Nobel Peace Prize. Only logical that Al Gore would, too. I'm surprised they didn't nominate Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, and Osama bin Laden.


I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Hugo Chavez nominated for "having the courage to create a socialist utopia".


Fidel Castro has been nominated twice.

Oprah Winfrey (WTF?!) has been nominted this year


Another totally useless award

WTF has Orca done to deserve it?

Give out crackers to starving kids in africa?


And fuck fidel castro.... he can just get assassinated
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:08:16 AM EST

Originally Posted By FACTS:

Originally Posted By Marcbme:
I'm in for him winning, for the same reason he won an Oscar. The powers that be want to give the U.S. the finger.


"powers that be"?

The only power that "be" that I know of are contained in a set of springs inside my lower receiver.

I'm in the heart land. When you say oscar I think the "local lawn mower Mechanic".


Sorry, let me narrow that down........"The powers that decide on various awards, medals, and prizes"
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:39:46 AM EST

Originally Posted By FACTS:
In other news Rush said he will run for the presidency if he wins the nobel peace prize.


It'd be awesome if he'd run as an indepenedent.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 5:05:49 AM EST

Originally Posted By FACTS:
Not going to happen.

EVER!

Stay up to date with the news, His movie was discredited in a European court of law. Game over for Gore.


Yassir Arafat got one for being a successful Terrorist, never underestimate the stupidity people.
Link Posted: 10/12/2007 10:37:58 AM EST

Originally Posted By FACTS:
Not going to happen.

EVER!

Stay up to date with the news, His movie was discredited in a European court of law. Game over for Gore.


Link Posted: 10/12/2007 10:40:40 AM EST

Originally Posted By FACTS:
Not going to happen.

EVER!

Stay up to date with the news, His movie was discredited in a European court of law. Game over for Gore.


This goes to prove that even E.U. Socialists are more intelligent than American liberals.
Link Posted: 10/12/2007 10:46:36 AM EST

Originally Posted By raygixxer89:

Originally Posted By FACTS:
Not going to happen.

EVER!

Stay up to date with the news, His movie was discredited in a European court of law. Game over for Gore.

Not that I don't believe you,but please elaborate!


newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2007/10/09/court-identifies-eleven-inaccuracies-al-gore-s-inconvenient-truth

* The film claims that melting snows on Mount Kilimanjaro evidence global warming. The Government's expert was forced to concede that this is not correct.
* The film suggests that evidence from ice cores proves that rising CO2 causes temperature increases over 650,000 years. The Court found that the film was misleading: over that period the rises in CO2 lagged behind the temperature rises by 800-2000 years.
* The film uses emotive images of Hurricane Katrina and suggests that this has been caused by global warming. The Government's expert had to accept that it was "not possible" to attribute one-off events to global warming.
* The film shows the drying up of Lake Chad and claims that this was caused by global warming. The Government's expert had to accept that this was not the case.
* The film claims that a study showed that polar bears had drowned due to disappearing arctic ice. It turned out that Mr Gore had misread the study: in fact four polar bears drowned and this was because of a particularly violent storm.
* The film threatens that global warming could stop the Gulf Stream throwing Europe into an ice age: the Claimant's evidence was that this was a scientific impossibility.
* The film blames global warming for species losses including coral reef bleaching. The Government could not find any evidence to support this claim.
* The film suggests that the Greenland ice covering could melt causing sea levels to rise dangerously. The evidence is that Greenland will not melt for millennia.
* The film suggests that the Antarctic ice covering is melting, the evidence was that it is in fact increasing.
* The film suggests that sea levels could rise by 7m causing the displacement of millions of people. In fact the evidence is that sea levels are expected to rise by about 40cm over the next hundred years and that there is no such threat of massive migration.
* The film claims that rising sea levels has caused the evacuation of certain Pacific islands to New Zealand. The Government are unable to substantiate this and the Court observed that this appears to be a false claim.
Link Posted: 10/12/2007 10:47:39 AM EST

Originally Posted By rcoers:

Originally Posted By Merrell:


He is turning into a real fat body!


He's been accumulating all those carbon credits.
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