Al Gore is taking the honor and dropping the cash.
The former V.P. has sent out an email blast to supporters letting them know that all the money received from his recent joint-awarded Nobel Peace Prize (about $750,000) will be donated to the Alliance for Climate Protection — the same group he helped create to fight global warming and other planetary threats. Here’s his official response:
I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This award is even more meaningful because I have the honor of sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change–the world’s pre-eminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis–a group whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years. We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level.
My wife, Tipper, and I will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the award to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan non-profit organization that is devoted to changing public opinion in the U.S. and around the world about the urgency of solving the climate crisis.
Of course, for a guy with over $100 million in the bank; anteing up the cash to a charitable org won’t hurt his personal savings. I mean, this is a guy who was at Google at the beginning. That company is now worth $600 a share! Besides, we’re the priceless value of winning such an honor would probably be more than enough for Mr. Gore. He wins, we all benefit.