Everybody Has an Angle

Oct 15, 2007 2:09pm

"That giant bang you heard last week was the sound of Sean Hannity’s head exploding," writes Jeff Giles, a freelance film reviewer, on Rotten Tomatoes today. Everybody has an opinion about Al Gore and the Nobel Peace Prize, and if you poke around today you’ll have a hard time finding a single mind that was changed by it.  Those who liked him before are thrilled; those who disliked him before aren’t. William Gray, the noted hurricane forecaster, has long said he doubts there’s a human contribution to climate warming, and Steve Lyttle of McClatchy Newspapers quoted him speaking to a packed lecture hall at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  "We’re brainwashing our children," said Gray, 78, a professor at Colorado State University. "They’re going to the Gore movie (‘An Inconvenient Truth’) and being fed all this. It’s ridiculous."  The full piece is HERE. "We’ll look back on all of this in 10 or 15 years and realize how foolish it was," Gray is quoted as saying. RedState writes that the peace prize has frequently been given to "some of the most disreputable and discredited characters in history," from Gorbachev to Sadat to Mandela to Jimmy Carter. "…there’s really only one thing that all of these people and groups have in common. They have not all contributed measurably to world peace, nor have they all benefited humanity in any meaningful way. What they have all done, however, is demonstrate a clear talent for self-promotion. In that respect, Al Gore definitely deserves his Nobel Prize, and he deserves the company he now keeps." On the other hand there’s Paul Krugman, the Princeton economist and columnist for the New York Times, who writes today, "The worst thing about Mr. Gore, from the conservative point of view, is that he keeps being right." As Krugman writes, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial Saturday didn’t even mention Gore’s name, instead listing people who "put their own lives and livelihoods at risk by working to rid the world of violence and oppression. Let us hope they survive the coming year so that the Nobel Prize Committee might consider them for the 2008 award."  Finally, it’s worth noting that RealClimate.org, which describes itself as "Climate science from climate scientists," has not had a post since the award was announced.  I reached one of the contributors to the site, Gavin Schmidt of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies,  who says not to read anything into that; "We don’t regard ourselves as a news site."  He says they’ve been talking about writing something–about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization with which Mr. Gore shared the prize. And their site now lists the Nobel under "Other IPCC News."

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