Gore on Winning the Prize

Al Gore can now add a Nobel Peace Prize to the litany of consolations he’s won since losing the presidency to George W. Bush.

It's not clear whether the prize will have any impact on Gore's presidential ambitions — his closest supporters all say that he has no intention of running — but the prize will insure that we’ll see his name popping up into the 2008 storyline for at least the next few days.

Here’s his statement on being named as a Nobel prize winner:

“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.”

He’s scheduled to give a press conference at 10:30 A.M. Pacific Time.