As people have been speculating and expecting, Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today. He shares the award with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations committee of over 2,000 scientists around the globe that has issued a number of alarming reports on the devastating impacts of global warming. From the Nobel committee:
[Gore's] 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.
From Mr. Gore:
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. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level. ... This award is even more meaningful because I have the honor of sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- the world's preeminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis -- a group whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years.
No word from Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) or any of the other global warming deniers here in the states on what they think yet. They won't be sending flowers, though, I'm sure.
The people over at Draft Gore are loving it, though.