Friday, October 12, 2007

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Al Gore and the piece prize

The Canadian Press reports:
    “Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change jointly won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for fighting it.

    Gore, who won an Academy Award earlier this year for his film on global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth," had been widely tipped to win the prize.

    He said that global warming was not a political issue but a worldwide crisis.”
Al Gore is a big fan of Rachel Carson, who whipped up another crisis 40 years ago--the long term effects of DDT on the environment. The woman has probably killed more Africans than the 17th and 18th century slave trade. Today malaria infects between 300 million and 500 million people annually, killing as many 2.7 million of them." Before Silent Spring, malaria was on the run. The debilitating effects of this disease help keep Africa in poverty.

"Without this book, the environmental movement might have been long delayed or never have developed at all," declared then-Vice President Albert Gore in his introduction to the 1994 edition of Silent Spring. The foreword to the 25th anniversary edition accurately declared, "It led to environmental legislation at every level of government." Now Gore can guarantee that the poor of the third world will never be competitive or catch up by keeping them barefoot but green. American businesses jumped on the green bus, they're rolling and are already making huge profits--how will Africa and Asia ever compete?

That Rachel Carson didn’t tell the truth about cancer in children (rate has not changed over many decades, but other deaths (polio, pneumonia, birth defects) went down skewing comparisons with other illnesses like cancer) is probably not her fault. She wasn’t a trained scientist. And neither is Al. Environmentalists don’t want to see that the EPA banning DDT killed or disabled millions of Africans--for what? So church groups can donate insecticide treated nets (would you sleep under one?) and wear orange t-shirts with slogans.



And now we have Growbal Warming.

See Silent Spring turns 40

7 comments:

RennyBA said...

Thanks for your comments on my post about The Norwegian Nobel Committee award. I'm neutral to the fact that Gore won the price but for sure it's an important globe issue.

mdoneil said...

The Nobel Peace Prize has been silly for years now. The other Prizes - Medicine, Physics etc certainly recognize...well recognized scientific achievement.

I've thought the N.P.P was silly since that lying Guatemalan fiction author Rigoberto Mencuhu was awarded one, then Yassar Arafat shared one... please they give it to the UN or some branch or Secretary of the UN every few years. When they aren't giving it to some UN related group or person it has been a shameful lying self-promoter or pushy socialist - at least since after WWII.

Then what do you expect from a group that solicits nominations from University Professors in the social sciences, philosophy, and law?

Al Gore is no J. Henry Durant.

Chuck said...

Nobel nominees are submitted by nominators who are kept secret by the Nobel Committee.

I don't know if there are "University Professors in the social sciences. philosophy and law" (God forbid, book readers!) And you don't either.

Chuck said...

I was also shocked, shocked I say, to find out not only that Mr. Gore likes someone who was wrong about something once but that Mr. Gore was wrong about something too. That darn left!

Clearly this means that Mr. Gore Nobel Prize for and work on a totally unrelated issue is wrong too.

Norma said...

Don't suppose you mean unrelated to peace, because when only the rich can afford those carbon credits, and they're trading rain forests for private jets, or the right to burn corn rather than eat it, there might be all sorts of little wars cropping up.

chuck said...

Pardon?

mdoneil said...

Yes Chuck I do know who the N.P.P nominators are. Don't presume to know the vast expanse of my knowledge.

Chuck, you could look at an authoratative source such as the Nobel Foundation to find out who are the nominators for the Nobel Peace prize.

Then again why confuse people with facts, right Chuck?

http://nobelprize.org/nomination/peace/nominators.html