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Gore Gets Nobel As 12 Die In Ice Storms

From his co-religionists at the Associated Press:

The Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Rajendra Pachauri (R) and Al Gore pose on the podium with their diplomas and gold medals during the Nobel ceremony in Oslo.

Gore gets Nobel, warns of ominous threat

By DOUG MELLGREN, Associated Press Writer

OSLO, Norway – Al Gore received his Nobel Peace Prize on Monday and urged the United States and China to make the boldest moves on climate change or “stand accountable before history for their failure to act.”

In accepting the prize he shared with the U.N. climate panel, the former vice president said humanity risks sliding down a path of “mutually assured destruction.”

It is time to make peace with the planet,” Gore said in his acceptance speech that quoted Churchill, Gandhi and the Bible. “We must quickly mobilize our civilization with the urgency and resolve that has previously been seen only when nations mobilized for war.” …

We, the human species, are confronting a planetary emergency — a threat to the survival of our civilization that is gathering ominous and destructive potential even as we gather here,” Gore said at the gala ceremony in Oslo’s city hall, in front of Norway’s royalty, leaders and invited guests.

Gore urged China and the U.S. — the world’s biggest carbon emitters — to “make the boldest moves, or stand accountable before history for their failure to act.” …

Before his speech, Gore said in an interview with The Associated Press that he believes the next U.S. president will shift the country’s course on climate change and engage in global efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

“The new president, whichever party wins the election, is likely to have to change the position on this climate crisis,” Gore said in the interview. “I do believe the U.S., soon, is to have a more constructive role.” …

In his speech, Gore urged nations to impose a CO2 tax, and called for a moratorium on the building of new coal plants without the capacity to trap carbon. He directed special attention to the United States and China, the world’s biggest emitters of carbon emissions…

Meanwhile, in a separate but not equal universe at the Associated Press:

An ice-covered downed tree covers a pickup truck in Joplin, Mo, on Sunday, December 9, 2007.

Ice storm results in blackouts, deaths

By KEN MILLER, Associated Press Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY – Commuters contended with treacherous roads Monday from the southern Plains to the Northeast as a storm spread a coating of ice and freezing rain linked to at least 12 traffic deaths.

Thousands of people had no electricity and airline flights were canceled Monday in Oklahoma.

Winter weather warnings and advisories were posted along a cold front that stretched from Texas to New Hampshire. The wintry weather was expected to continue through midweek.

Oklahoma was especially hard hit, with more than a quarter-million customers blacked out Monday morning as ice-laden trees crashed onto homes and power lines. Schools were closed across the state and the Highway Patrol discouraged travel…

“This is a big one, we’ve got a massive situation here and it’s probably going to be a week to 10 days before we get power on to everybody,” said Ed Bettinger, a spokesman for Public Service Company. “It looks like a war zone.”

The Oklahoma City suburb of Jones, a town of 2,500 people, had very low water pressure because there was no electricity to run well pumps, and firefighters said an early morning fire destroyed most of the local high school.

The utility AmerenUE said more than 30,000 customers remained without power Monday in Missouri and roughly 11,000 were blacked out in southern Illinois. On Sunday, blackouts affecting thousands of customers also were reported in parts of Illinois and Kansas…

On ice-covered Interstate 40 west of Okemah, Okla., four people died in “one huge cluster of an accident” that involved 11 vehicles, including a tractor-trailer rig, said Highway Patrol Trooper Betsey Randolph. All 11 vehicles burned, she said.

Eight other people also died on icy Oklahoma roads. In addition, a transient died of hypothermia in Oklahoma City, the state medical examiner’s office said.

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt declared a state of emergency Sunday and activated the National Guard to aid communities affected by the storm…

Every day in the winter months we hear similar stories.

So where are all the people who have died because of global warming? Show us the bodies.

Of course there aren’t any.

But Mr. Gore got to feel famous and important. Who cares about the real world?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 10th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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