October 11, 2007
-- by Dave Johnson and James Boyce
If Al Gore Is awarded the Nobel Prize he WILL be smeared. There is no question about it.
On May 15, 2007, we wrote a post titled, We Guarantee Al Gore Will Be Attacked Next Week, We Absolutely Guarantee It. We wrote,
Al Gore has a new book coming out next week, titled, The Assault On Reason.
Because he is standing up, telling the truth and because he simply is a Democrat and progressive leader, Al Gore will be smeared mercilessly by the right-wing smear machine. He will be ridiculed, made fun of and mocked. They will tease and make fun of him.
They will rush to say that he is bitter about 2000, crazy, insane, pontificating and out of touch.
They will bring up his utility bills and the boards he is a member of.
They will talk about his kiss with Tipper, her crusade against vulgar rap lyrics.
They will bring up his weight and the beard. And say it's all about 2008.
Now there is a possibility that Al Gore is going to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his outstanding work warning about and fighting climate change caused by greenhouse gases released into our air.
You would think this was a good thing. But there is a multi-million-dollar "global warming denial industry" operating. It is funded by the big oil and coal companies. Because they have a stranglehold on our economy - and our thinking - these are the most profitable corporations in the history of the world. And they want to keep it that way. So they dish out millions to front-groups to fog over the science that tells us the planet is in danger -- and to smear good people like Al Gore who want us to be more efficient in our energy use, and find alternatives to fuels that pollute.
So if Al Gore is awarded a Nobel Prize, expect the worst -- from the worst.
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Al Gore won. It was announced early this morning. I haven't heard any smears yet, or congratulations either. Just short announcements, on network news, CNN, and MSNBC, all rather ill-spirit, announcing that he won along with some still-nameless person, immediately followed by speculation about whether or not means he's going to run for president. He's donating the cash from the prize, by the way, to the effort to clean up the environment.
Well, from me, anyway: Congratulations, Al Gore, on an urgently needed job extremely well done. You truly earned your Nobel Prize.
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