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This Just In: Al Gore Wins Nobel Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to Al Gore, the former U.S. vice president, and to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their work in educating the world about the dangers of climate change. I'm so proud of Al and the U.N. for their work on this issue!

If you're wondering what climate change has to do with Casa (and your casa), consider this: Commercial and residential buildings contribute 38% of the U.S.'s carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon dioxide is the main cause of climate change, which is already causing some pretty un-fun side effects in our lives, including wonky weather patterns and increased fires.

I know: depressing, huh? But I've always believed that dealing with a problem directly is better than letting it fester and grow into a mammoth, uncontrollable beast.That's why we should all try some small, simple ways to deal with curbing climate change in your home, such as replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs and insulating our homes better.

And just to prove to you that energy efficiency and greening our homes isn't all doom and gloom, check out this inspirational Treehugger video about a green urban home.


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koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
Congrats to Mr. Gore on winning the Nobel Peace Prize! It's funny that he's done so much more now than he ever did as the VP. Anyway, kudos to him!
SugarFreak SugarFreak 9 years
I will tell you all one thing, I never focused on global warming, nor did any of what is going on really hit me until we watched his movie. I understand that his Tenn home may generate a large utility bill, I think that what he has done single-handedly to RAISE AWARENESS is more than any other person or group has been able to do. Not because he is better, but because he was in the social position to be heard. Whatever way he was able to get me and MILLIONS other to listen, it worked and noone should should be negating something so positive. Go run for president will ya? ;)
ducks ducks 9 years
I'd rather read about Nobel and dynamite.
RachB424 RachB424 9 years
Congratulations Al! Hopefully sometime soon people will get the idea that if you want to live on this planet and be healthy and happy that you have to do your part to protect the planet.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
global warming has been a problem for years upon years with no one taking it seriously, al gore brought to our attention and nationalized it. he took a global crisis, made it pretty and put out there on oprah which is way more than what most people have done. and besides he is sharing the prized with the intergovermental panel on climate change, so no one is saying he "solely" responsible for global warming awareness
jij4397 jij4397 9 years
For such a hard-working guy, I think it's ok to let him toss back a few donuts. What does his pudginess have anything to do with anything anyway? Let the man eat his candy in peace.
redegg redegg 9 years
I am disappointed in this award because there are so many organizations and individuals deserving of this award. But Al has now won it based on a documentary which has been proven to be full of inaccuracies and just raising general awareness on global warming. While at the same time he lives in a very hypocritical way. And he has created a "carbon offset" company so you can pay off your carbon footprint. Well, if global warming really needs to see a change we can't just throw money at it and keep having peasants on the other side of the world plant trees every time we fly our private jet. His energy/nat. gas bill is $30,000 per year at his main mansion in Tennessee, not including his other houses or private jet. He encourages conversion to wind power, yet has not done it himself. "Do as I say, but not as I do." Okay. Inaccurate science and hypocrisy are why I am disappointed that the Peace Prize, awarded to the likes of Mother Theresa, has been given to Al Gore. I am in favor of energy conservation, raising awareness, and protecting our environment but I think we should do it with accurate science and honesty. What was the problem with putting real factual information in his movie? Was it not exciting enough?
WisMiss WisMiss 9 years
How sweet! It not only puts climate change front and center on the world stage, where it belongs, but it's sweet vindication for a brilliant, prescient and doggedly determined American who has been carrying the banner on this issue for decades. He put up with a lot of abuse and derision along the way, which must make this recognition all the more gratifying. Go Al!
MamaD MamaD 9 years
Congrats to Mr. Gore, but this STILL won't make people change!
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
How can one be "extremely disappointed" when ANYone receives a PEACE prize? I'm sorry, but that seems really negative and cynical to me--bordering on immoral. It's a PEACE PRIZE, people. Anyone who is even up for the prize is obviously doing important work, even if you think there are more important issues to be awarded. However, personally I don't think there are any subjects as universally and across-the-board important as this (obviously). GO AL.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Congratulations Al and the U.N.!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
great post Casa - lots of important issues brought up. :) yes, i've read many, many comments throughout the internet about how disappointing this is for others - but at least it increases awareness of many environmental issues. maybe we can think of al gore as a stand-in for many people who have worked on environmental issues/climate change etc?!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Pudgy Al = more to love! I am glad that he won, not just because I like him, but because his work on climate change is non-partisan. I know a lot of people dislike him because he's a Democrat, but the overwhelming majority of scientists agree that global warming is happening. So I'd be happy to see anyone—Democrat, Republican, Anarchist, Libertarian, Green—talking about improving our environment the way he does.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
Go Al! I think winning the Nobel Prize makes up for a little middle age spread, Tall Face!
Tall-Face Tall-Face 9 years
Now if he would just stop eating so many cheese burgers...gettin' a little pudggy there Al.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
I'm with citizenkane. I'm not going to go into details like I did with hubby this morning, but I just don't think it's right.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 9 years
Count me among the scientists that are extremely disappointed. (1997 Iowa State University graduate in meteorology and environmental studies [Bachelor of Science])
Murple Murple 9 years
Yay! Congrats to Mr. Gore!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
KBS KBS 9 years
I think it is great. We have had people talking about this for years and finally people are taking notice and trying to change things. Every little effort helps and because of Al Gore and Leo and all other people making these movies we are all becoming more aware. Remember we all can make a difference no matter how small of a change we do.
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
I don't agree with this. That's all I'm saying :)
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Congrats to Al and the UN!!!
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