Friday, October 12, 2007

Ignoble Al Gores the Nobel Prize

Al Gore joins Yasser Arafat, who was given the Peace Prize despite his ordering the killing of scores of innocent civilians, as a Nobel recipient in contradiction of Alfred Nobel's last will and testament that the selection is to be an award for improving the condition of humankind.

The Nobel Committee has been known to make controversial or dubious selections. In 2002, the Committee selected Jimmy Carter, the worst American president ever (who just can't seem to get over the fact that folks voted him out of office), as a political swipe at the Bush administration's foreign policy.

However, the selection of Gore may be the biggest mistake ever. The jury may or may not be still out on the reality of global warming, certainly there is no consensus on the causes or ramifications climate change.

Gore, like many amateur historians, makes the childish mistake of presenting historical fact as a historical perspective that starts only at the moment of his birth.

Who is to say that the earth is currently at the optimum climate and any change is actually a bad thing?

The awards to Arafat and Carter aside, never before has the award of a Nobel Peace Prize have the potential to due so much damage to human progress.

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