Following on the surprise announcement that President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for desiring to "strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people," the Nobel committee has announced its winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Energy.
The winner is Blake Redfern of San Mateo, California. Mr. Redfern won a seat on the San Mateo city council in 2008 by running on a platform of replacing the city's use of carbon-based energy with energy produced by "perpetual motion." Although Mr. Redfern's scientific background is limited to the biology and chemistry courses he took in high school, the Nobel Committee was deeply impressed with Mr. Redfern's commitment to perpetual motion based energy.
Mr. Redfern has previously sought, and lost, political office on campaigns such as making San Mateo a "nuclear free city," and more recently on having San Mateo issue arrest warrants for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for their "crimes against humanity."
Nobel committee member Lars Hansen stated that actual achievements are no longer required to win a Nobel Prize. "Merely having aspirations, however quixotic, is quite sufficient," he noted.
Blake Redfern's nomination to the Nobel Committee detailed his deep shame at being an American. In 2006 Mr. Redfern took a backpack tour of Europe in which he repeatedly apologized for the United States and all the world's troubles caused by his fellow Americans. His apology tour through Europe is thought to have greatly influenced the Nobel committee.