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Friday, October 12, 2007

Green Gore wins Peace Prize

Al Gore's trophy case is getting smaller and smaller everyday. The former Vice President of the United States turned environmental activist has already won an Emmy for for his CurrentTV cable news station, and an Academy Award for his global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Now he can add another to the already impressive résumé. Nobel Peace Prize.

Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the award on Friday for their efforts of spreading awareness of global warming.

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

The Nobel citation red in part, "His strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change... He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted."

Peace Prize committee Chairman Ole Danbolt Mjoes said "I want this prize to have everyone ... every human being, asking what they should do."

Gore said that he planned to donate his share of the $1.5 million prize money to the Alliance for Climate Protection. The ACP is a nonprofit bipartisan group in the US dedicated to conveying global climate change's urgency in the national agenda.

Gore is under intense pressure to enter the race for President in 2008. He maintains he has no plans to run.


The last American to win the Nobel Peace Prize was former President Jimmy Carter in 2002.

President Teddy Roosevelt was the first US President to win the Peace Prize.


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