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:
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.