The reasons Al Gore was given the Peace Prize, according to Nobelprize.org, the official website of the Nobel awards, was not because of any benefit he created today; the reason Al won was for preventing conflicts that haven’t yet occurred and for all we know, may never occur (unless the prize committee includes a few precogs we don’t know about).
“Extensive climate changes may alter and threaten the living conditions of much of mankind. They may induce large-scale migration and lead to greater competition for the earth’s resources. Such changes will place particularly heavy burdens on the world’s most vulnerable countries. There may be increased danger of violent conflicts and wars, within and between states”
Past winners have included founders and members of the Red Cross, members of the United Nations, human rights activists, and medical professionals.
Whether right or wrong, winners of the past were at least actively engaged in solving problems that directly affect human life on earth (war, disease, famine, etc). Gore has, thus far, provided the human race with the following: one bad movie, an increase in hand-wringing, hot air, and panic. While he may not be the only black mark in the history of the award, Gore’s utter lack of contribution to humanity casts a shadow on the whole list of past winners.