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Gore, U.N. Body Win Nobel Peace Prize

By Howard Schneider and Debbi Wilgoren
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, October 12, 2007; 7:20 AM

Former Vice President Al Gore Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today, along with a United Nations panel that monitors climate change, for their work educating the world about global warming and advocating for political action to control it.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee characterized Gore as "the single individual who has done most" to convince world governments and leaders that climate change is real, is caused by human activity, and poses a grave threat.



In a stunning reversal, but true to their core beliefs, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today that Al Gore cannot accept the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded him.

The court, in an unsigned finding (as are all Gore decisions) responded to George Bush's anticipatory plea for a restraining order based on the fact that "it's not all that hot out anyhow and what in the hell has that got to do with peace?"

Naming the Nobel Committee "just a bunch of Norwegian troublemakers," the court held that Gore cannot accept an award from "those who live too far north to know what warm really feels like." The ruling came within twenty minutes of the announcement and caught Nancy Pelosi, uncharacteristically, in a brown dress.

Dana Perino said the White House would have no comment other than an unconfirmed report by a source that declines to be identified, that the president called Chief Justice John Roberts, effusing "this is the second time that bum has had his ears trimmed by this court and you'd think he'd have finally learned a lesson."

According to a source close to the president, this is only the second time in his career that he has effused.



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Priceless commentary!... by Sandy Sand on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 9:39:06 AM
How did The Onion miss this one? Can the Court ret... by ardee D. on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 10:10:03 AM
As a follow-up to our report earlier, TMZ.com, AOL... by Tom Murphy on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 10:37:50 AM
Very honorable mention, TNT-Tom...that was dynomit... by Sherry Mann on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 12:59:28 PM
In a similarly stunning 5-4 decision, the Supreme ... by TomK on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 2:13:15 PM
is better than the article !... by Tony Forest on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 3:14:29 PM
all the Iraqi kids who died becasue of 1992-2000 s... by .Dughman on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 3:11:20 PM
jim, your headline gave me my first smile of the d... by Cheryl Biren on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 3:17:23 PM
when you consider that the average reading compreh... by lenngray on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 7:08:59 PM
This is funny. You do have an excuse. It IS Friday... by Rob Kall on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 8:21:12 PM
I agree with you...I didn't get it... i was ex... by MysticGem on Saturday, Oct 13, 2007 at 1:59:38 AM
If you would take the time to study the law, you w... by M. Bennett on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 8:47:40 PM
Which part of the constitution says "we don&#... by lenngray on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 11:54:31 PM
Which of course is why the Court specified that th... by Jim Freeman on Saturday, Oct 13, 2007 at 3:54:43 AM
The court overruled the highest court in Florida o... by ardee D. on Saturday, Oct 13, 2007 at 8:36:10 AM
What part of this do you find to be my personal po... by Jim Freeman on Monday, Oct 15, 2007 at 6:03:11 PM
Gore's show has been sanctioned by UK Hig... by Andris on Saturday, Oct 13, 2007 at 2:52:11 AM
I can't believe those 5 justices could be so d... by Dave Kisor on Saturday, Oct 13, 2007 at 10:08:56 PM
that joking about such things muddies the water. ... by lenngray on Monday, Oct 15, 2007 at 4:03:19 PM
One wonders how the Jon Stewart Daily Show survive... by Jim Freeman on Monday, Oct 15, 2007 at 6:21:33 PM
The now-painful commentary on what I thought was a... by Tom Murphy on Monday, Oct 15, 2007 at 9:37:06 PM