Congratulations, Mr. (almost) President!

Al Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize this morning, and the all the critics are aghast. I heard the announcement on CNN, on a fluke. The talking heads were questioning how Al Gore’s message about Global Warming related at all to peace. ARE THEY CRAZY? Climate changes will bring mass displacement of communities in the millions, migration to new places to live, potentially the root source of new political conflict, fighting over resources or the simple right of life. Hmmm.. CNN, what do you think?

Getting back to my computer I personally recieved a message from Mr. Gore himself! (aren’t I special?) The message is pasted below:

Al Gore

Dear lainie,

I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This award is even more meaningful because I have the honor of sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change–the world’s pre-eminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis–a group whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years. 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.

My wife, Tipper, and I will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the award to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan non-profit organization that is devoted to changing public opinion in the U.S. and around the world about the urgency of solving the climate crisis.

Thank you,

Al Gore

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