Gore Blasts Climate Inaction in Nobel Speech

Laureate singles out US, China as biggest offenders
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2007 12:17 PM CST
Nobel Peace Prize winners Al Gore, left and Rajendra Pachauri, the U.N. climate panel's chief scientist, hold with their medals and diplomas at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at City Hall in Oslo, Monday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Al Gore collected his Nobel Peace Prize today in Oslo and blasted the US and China for blaming each other rather than addressing climate change. "Both countries should stop using each other's behavior as an excuse for stalemate," he said. Gore also called his 2000 presidential defeat a blessing in disguise that allowed him to devote his life to raising awareness of global warming.

"Unexpectedly that quest has brought me here," said Gore. The ex-VP said again that he won't run for president in 2008 and said he hasn't decided whether to endorse a candidate, the Washington Post reports. Gore compared world leaders who don't respond to climate change to leaders who ignored the rise of Hitler in the 1940s.