Peace & Climate Change

Lorenloo builds up a solid rant around Gore’s award, and while I’m all for that, I want to point her to the Nobel PR on why climate change work justifies a peace prize.

Extensive climate changes…may induce large-scale migration and lead to greater competition for the earth’s resources. Such changes will place particularly heavy burdens on the world’s most vulnerable countries. There may be increased danger of violent conflicts and wars, within and between states.

So there is a link, even if it requires a “may” disclaimer.  In fact, it’s hard to imagine the world experiences massive climate upheaval without violent conflict; if we were evolved enough to deal with disasters rationally, then we’d be able to curtail our problematic behavior in advance of said disasters.

As far as the effectiveness of Gore’s global warming education: though the impacts are difficult to measure, the politics of GW has definitely changed.  Denial has decreased.  All the Democratic presidential candidates have global warming plans, including some good carbon tax schemes that would make a real difference.  Public opinion, as frivolous a thing as it may seem, creates the reality in which policy change is discussed.  Gore has been good for this reality.

I still don’t want the man to run for president.  I still feel just fine about protesting him in his last race.  But give him his due; he’s been doing important work.  And I like that he continues the trend where Democrats earn Nobel Prizes after they get elected president, while Republicans…do what exactly?  Disappear into the womb of their own wealth?  Does anyone know?

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