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Al Gore, Dynamite, and Oil

Column on what means that Al Gore and the IPCC won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

I guess I was little shocked that Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work on fighting global warming. Nobel press release here. For those of you that missed it, this is also the third year in a row the Nobel Peace Prize has been shared.

While noteworthy, I had not previously put global warming into the "peace" category. But in retrospect, it makes a lot of sense. This week oil prices hit a new record high above $84. Scary. But it brings into sharp relief the warnings that have been made that the potential for disruptions in the supply of major world resources can happen and that potential is trending upwards. We all know what the consequences can be from massive resource supply shocks. At heart this is about the proverbial - future wars will be about water, not oil. And each of those resources, whether it is energy, land use, or water supply are all issues that global warming touch in a big way.

So I imagine that getting control over global warming is about ensuring peace after all. And I will refrain from commenting on the still incongruous fact that the Nobel Peace Prize was funded by a dynamite fortune.