in which yr. correspondent digs the Nobel people

Al Gore! Excellent. I think when we think back to the tipping point of the whole climate change thing in popular opinion, more than we would like to think is going to come down to Al Gore and the movie.

But really, the Alanis-Morisette-ironic thing about Gore winning is the fact that he's actually winning it in quantum physics. As much as his work to stop climate change, Gore is winning the Nobel prize for that more peaceful, safer, happier parallell universe in which he not only won the 2000 elections but actually got to take office. The universe in which he was president on September 11th 2001, in which he didn’t invade Iraq, didn’t make his entire term about throwing out civil liberties, about making the world unsafe and unstable, about scorched-earth capitalism and ruining international relations and widening the gap between poor people and rich people and mostly not giving a damn.

I think I would have liked to live in that universe. No doubt some version of me does. Lucky bastard.

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Anonymous S said...

Sorry to ruin your illusions, but if Al were President, he'd have had to "do something" because of 9/11. And it would most likely involve big guns. The (aggro-matic) American people wouldn't have endured it. Then, he wouldn't have become Enviro-man, and Bush obviously wouldn't have either. So it would be shit anyway. It's Shit Karma.

October 14, 2007 8:03 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

He'd have had to invade Afghanistan, but then we might actually have had a well-run aftermath. Not likely, but we might've. And don't forget that Gore was working against climate change since the late 80's. It's not *just* the movie. The movie was a culmination of something. He wrote a couple of books about it. His presidency would probably have been knocked off course, but I doubt he would have forgotten that he was not counterterrorist-in-chief, but president of quite a few people, of which only some very few were terrorists or at risk of terrorism. His presidency might have been a major step towards getting the US to stop having astronomical emission figures.

October 15, 2007 11:37 pm  

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