Monday, December 10, 2007

Gore scolds US and China in planetary emergency as he accepts Nobel Peace Prize

Monday former Vice-President Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, and praised Europe and Japan but warned that the United States and China, if their citizens and leadership keep behaving as they have, could push the planet over the tipping point and cause a planetary catastrophe.

Gore maintains that a treaty, consumption taxes, and moratoriums on coal and other fossil fuel facilities are necessary.

The CNN story is " Gore: U.S., China must lead fight against 'planetary emergency'", here.

Norway was the subject of criticism, as it is a major oil producer.

I spent a week in Norway in the late summer of 1972, actually during a heat wave. I spent two days in Trondheim when it was incredibly hot (around 90 F). I visited friends in Oslo, took the train to Bergen, flew to Trondheim, then another train (across the Arctic Circle marker) and bus to Narvik, and then a train across into Swedish Lapland and the iron mining town of Kiruna.

I still wonder if Gore could announce at the last minute that he will run for president in 2008, spoiling the party. Or would he rather go on making movies?

Update: Dec 12

Check the latest AP story by Seth Borenstein: "Ominous Arctic melt worries experts", link here. The AOL copy of this story this morning has a photo gallery. The story predicts that the summer arctic icecap could be melted by 2012 (the Mayan apocalypse), instead of 2040 as once predicted.

AP has another story this morning by Michael Casey, "Poor hit hardest by climate change," here.

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