Okay, so me, being the easily confused sort of individual that I am, I’m having a bit of a hard time figuring out how you get awarded the Nobel Peace
for a PricePrize for “raising awareness about the grim, awful, terrible, inevitable, crushing, life-destroying, people-caused specter of global warming,” not too long after your “acclaimed documentary” gets a rousing kick in the nads for using bad science and overstating its claims.
The Nobel Prize – just one step above a star on Hollywood boulevard.
Of course, these are the same jokers that gave one to Yasser Arafat. You know, that guy from the “religion of peace.” Also known as the “PLA” or “Hamas.”
Tell me again how the NPP is somehow non-partisan? It’s supposed to be, but is it really? Or does it, as an unofficial sycophant of the UN, merely seek to lend credibility to the feel good cause of the day, rather than acknowledging genuine accomplishment?
It’s starting to seem a little like my kid’s soccer team, where at the end of the year EVERYBODY gets a trophy for “participating.” Time was, you got at the most a certificate for participating, and there were actual awards for the exceptional players; most inspirational, team leader, most improved, etc.
But when everyone gets a trophy just for showing up, they really don’t mean all that much anymore, do they? All you’ve done is lower the bar, not raise expectations.
So do I put Mr. Gore in the same category? Sorta. To me, he’s an ideologue who has found an issue around which he can rally a following. Mr. Gore may wholeheartedly believe in what he’s saying…but that doesn’t mean that he is right. To me, rather than raising an alarm, he serves more as a scare-monger using a high-visibility issue to push an agenda. The radical environmentalists have long been working to impose penalties on industrialized nations…mostly western, capitalist nations mind you.
Things like the Kyoto Protocol and other such “legislation” are, at their core, not really about saving the planet, but more about centralizing ever increasing aspects of our national sovereignty under the auspices of UN controls and mandates. When we are governed by UN laws….we are governed by UN laws, not our own.
Those who seek to bring about this infusion of foreign control have found a highly effective avenue to do so via the environmental movement. As much as people use, “but what about the children!?” to marginalize dissent, something long the lines of, “But don’t you care about the environment?!” can be every bit as effective in appealing to emotion-based responses, often (and deliberately) at the expense of a reasoned examination of the facts.
So, rather than contributing to world peace, I think Mr. Gore and his movement are accomplishing just the opposite. By painting an overly bleak and even catastrophic outloook, by carrying on about the coming wars and conflicts over ever-diminishing supplies of resources, he and his cronies could very easily create a crisis where none need exist.
The simple reality of it is that the countries best suited to find solutions to such problems, and fill the needs of those who are genuinely in danger, are the successful, prosperous, and affluent free-market capitalist countries, who, while consuming the largest portions of the resources, are the most capable of distributing their products worldwide. Yet activist groups and intrusive environmental regulations such as Kyoto seek to bring the heaviest tax on those whose production is the most efficient, and the most environmentally friendly.
Western countries take the earliest and heaviest hit by these groups not because they are the worst polluters, but because they are the most accessible. They are an easy target, and they’ve shown a tendency to roll over early to these special interests, which only ensures that they will be targeted again with the next, tighter level of restrictions.
To me, the Nobel Prize has become about lauding or approving of those who best conform to the socially approved meme, whether or not they’ve actually contributing anything meaningful to the furtherance of world peace.
So, in that respect, I guess Al Gore is highly qualified to receive the award. Kudos, then.