U.Va. Professor Hopes Nobel Prize Leads to Debate

A News Article by Vadim Elenev

In a column published in the American Spectator early Friday morning, UVA Environmental Sciences Professor Patrick Michaels issues a strongly worded challenge to former Vice President and Nobel Prize Winner Al Gore:

“So, now that you have your Nobel, Come out and fight like a man, Al, and don’t even worry about picking on someone your own size.”

The Nobel Foundation announced Friday that it awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”

Prof. Michaels disagrees, citing the “disconnect from scientific reality” of Gore’s views. A past president of the American Association of State Climatologists, author of the 2004 book, Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media, and member of the IPCC, the organization that shared the Nobel Prize with Gore, Michaels is well-known for his skeptical attitude toward the climate change theories promoted by Gore.

Al Gore has ignored renewed calls on him to enter the 2008 Presidential campaign from both activists and columnists describing him as having won the “Norwegian primary.”

But Michaels hopes Gore changes his mind, because, “to get there, or at least to the Demo nomination, Gore’s going to have to do something he has assiduously avoided: debate.”

Since his hit documentary An Inconvenient Truth came out, many conservative and libertarian organizations including the Cato Institute, where Michaels serves as a fellow, have challenged Gore to a debate, but so far the request has been turned down.

Spectator Article
UVA Michaels page, including publications


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