<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Washington, D.C., October 12, 2007—The announcement this morning of Al Gore as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is an unfortunate and misguided move by the Nobel committee, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The Prize was shared with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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“Al Gore should probably get a prize for most travel in a private jet, but not the Peace Prize,” said Myron Ebell, Director of Global Warming Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. “The energy-rationing policies he espouses would perpetuate the poverty and human misery associated with political instability and conflict.”
Gore has garnered widespread media attention both for his book on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, and its film adaptation. Since their respective releases, however, many critics have noted factual inaccuracies, exaggerations and misleading statements throughout both versions. Earlier this week, a judge in the United Kingdom went so far as to bar the film from being shown in government schools in that country unless a disclaimer message was also presented.
“An Inconvenient Truth purports to be a non-partisan, non-ideological exposition of climate science and moral common sense. In reality, it is a colorfully illustrated lawyer’s brief for global warming alarmism and energy rationing,” said CEI Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis. “It is an accusation hurled at modern industrial civilization.”
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