Residents react to Gore’s Nobel |

Residents react to Gore’s Nobel

Presidential candidates are going to feel pressure to put more focus on the environment now that Al Gore has won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global warming, according to some local residents.

But they remain skeptical the next president will help make the needed changes to improve the planet’s health once he or she settles into the Oval Office.

“I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” said Michael Lorenzo, of Nevada City, speaking about Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize at the Flour Garden Bakery in Glenbrook Basin on Sunday.

“Politicians say anything to get elected and rarely follow through with their promises,” Lorenzo said.

Former Vice President Al Gore was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations network of scientists. The panel released a report in February that found human activity is “very likely” causing the trend of global warming.

Earlier this year, Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Academy Award for best documentary.

Some people criticized the film calling it alarmist, adding that fears of global warming are greatly exaggerated.

Although Gore has said he has no plans to run for president in 2008, Democratic candidates could benefit from his endorsement, some area residents said.

“I think he’s making a big impact,” said musician Billy Bensing.

He thinks Gore is raising awareness about global warming issues, but most voters worry more about their finances then the environment. Also, a number of conflicting reports on global warming can be confusing, he said.

“How do you know what’s true and what isn’t?” Bensing said.

Grass Valley resident Linda Benson thinks climate change needs to be addressed on a global scale. Although finding a remedy for environmental woes will take years, voters are ready to see action taken now, she said.

“The problem didn’t occur overnight, and the solutions aren’t going to be overnight. It has to start somewhere,” Benson said.


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