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David F. Hales
President, College of the Atlantic

David F. Hales

David F. Hales is the president of the College of the Atlantic in Maine, which in 2007 became the first U.S. higher education institution to achieve carbon neutrality. ALL POSTS

The Prize Won't Impact Obama's Climate Policies

The impact of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barak Obama will have absolutely no impact on his personal commitment to addressing the challenge of climate change, or on the positions of the United States.


Likely to the great disappointment of the relatively obscure Norwegians who unwisely and naively ventured into global politics on a grand scale by trying to hang the mother of all expectation millstones around President Obama's neck, their decision will bring politics into the Nobel selection process far more than the reverse. They are right that the immediate future of climate negotiations will have far reaching impact on peace. This will come as no surprise to President Obama or to any of the other leaders whose decisiveness and courage will shape the quality of human life for the rest of this century and beyond.


By David F. Hales  |  October 13, 2009; 2:05 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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