Al Gore nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Three cheers for Al Gore, whose incessant blabbering about climate change has gotten him nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. “Al Gore with his movie and his dedication and his active diplomacy among world leaders has really moved the issue forward,” says Boerge Brende, one of two Norwegian lawmakers who snuck Gore’s nomination in just before the deadline. (We nominated Al too, but as we’re not a member of a national government, a past Nobel laureate, or a university professor, we were ignored. Plus we called him Dreamy Al on the nomination slip.) Brende called global warming “this century’s most important and most threatening environmental issue”; he, along with political opponent Heidi Soerensen, also nominated Inuit climate-change activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier. We’ll have to wait until mid-October to find out the big winner, but we can agree with Brende on one thing: “A prerequisite for winning the Nobel Peace Prize is making a difference, and Al Gore has made a difference.”