Armand Hammer always wanted a Nobel Peace Prize — and so did Japan shipbuilding and auto racing tycoon Ryoichi Sasakawa. They tried to buy it and brow beat for it.
I’m always amused at some level that when I was helping to fight Armand Hammer who had bought off most of the Democratic members of the then Los Angeles City Council (he already had the Republican ones) to get approved oil drilling leases for sites off of the Pacific Palisades in Southern California, Al Gore Sr. was on the Occidental Petroleum board of directors.
Al Gore the son has come around a long way to co-share a Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Here is a very nicely written note from Al Gore’s blog.
I want to congratulate him for raising international consciousness about climate change.
Now with all due respect to the many good people calling for Al Gore to run for President, let’s spend our efforts on the climate change policy challenges rather than the higher sizzle but less satisfactory gaming on whether he will run or not. He won’t.
Now, let’s look at ways to price carbon.
— Steve Clemons