WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement in response to former Vice President Al Gore and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) winning the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on global warming:
"Congratulations to former Vice President Al Gore and the International Panel on Climate Change on this well-deserved honor. No one has done more to focus the nation on the challenge of global warming than Mr. Gore and the IPCC. By spurring governments to act, we can reduce potential strife and future wars over scarce resources that will result from global warming.
Mr. Gore and the IPCC team deserve considerable applause not only for bringing global warming front and center, but for elevating the national debate on solutions. Solving global warming is not a technological problem - we know what we need to do and have the tools we need to get started. At its core, this is an issue of leadership and vision.
The world's attention is now focused not only on the President and Congress, but also on the 2008 presidential candidates. In order to curb global warming, we need leadership from President Bush as well as a commitment from all of the presidential candidates to immediately work to address the climate crisis.
Half of the leading presidential candidates have presented their plans on how they would address this challenge, now the nation needs to hear from the rest regarding their plans to solve the premiere challenge of our time. We welcome their plans to combat global warming to help secure a more hopeful future."
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