I think it is great that Al Gore jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize with the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change!
Mr. Gore is NOT perfect (NO ONE IS PERFECT) but at least he has drawn the world's attention to global warming -- and just think -- the first Pres. Bush called him "crazy" and said that he was in the "ozone layer" (saw that silly clip in the same TV news story that told about Mr. Gore getting the Nobel Peace Prize). In my opinion, extremely intelligent people often SEEM crazy to those who are not intelligent enough to understand what the extremely intelligent people are talking about!
I wish that Gore would cut back on (or stop) raising cattle and would cut back on (or stop) eating/using animal-derived foods so that he could set an even better example of how to help with global warming, but, in spite of this "flaw", I still admire him.
Like I HOPE that many other McDers have done at Dr. McDougall's suggestion, in his Dec. 2006 newsletter, I wrote (snail-mailed) Mr. Gore about this "little conflict of global warming interest". His office sent me a snail-mail response to my letter to him! The response was worded like “they” had read my letter -- certain specific things were mentioned. I do not know how much influence my/our letter(s) have had on Mr. Gore -- so far -- BUT "Stubborn S B" does not believe in quitting until victory is achieved -- even if it takes a lifetime!
However, I think we should remember how hard it is to convince ANYONE to eat less animal-derived foods before we judge Al Gore too harshly on this one aspect of global warming. After all, MOST of us here USED to eat meat, fish, seafood, dairy, and eggs, too! -- REMEMBER!!! This is a SCARY CHANGE for many people to make -- and it takes some people a lot longer to change their dietary habits than others.
Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS to Al Gore -- He DESERVED it!!!
I believe we McDougallers can have a loud enough voice to influence enough people to cut back on livestock consumption/farming that we CAN have a positive impact on global warming -- if we REALLY try!