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An inconvenient movie, a scheming politician, and a global disaster

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I rented and watched Al Gore’s campaign film “An Inconvenient Truth” last night. The man has clearly been taking lessons from Ted Haggard, he was charming, eloquent, and personable. He skewered the Bush administration with many pointed witticisms which had his obviously carefully selected audience rolling in the aisles. He even managed to get in several jokes about his failed election bid. Al Gore, robotman, is clearly a thing of the past. Like old Tricky Dicky, he has remade himself and is carefully poised for a comeback bid. If you are a fan of Al Gore, go see this movie. If you aren’t, don’t waste your money, you’ll be sorely disappointed, repulsed even.

My main criticism of the movie is very simple: They call this a documentary? Dear God, what is America coming to where we can’t even tell a slick political campaign ad from a documentary? As I watched the movie I kept thinking, “OK, this is just the folksy introduction, they’ll get to the actual movie soon…” No dice, the folksy fireside chat with the new Al Gore went on and on as my sense of horror and dismay rose…I had paid my hard earned money to see a slimy politician demonstrate his charm school lessons. Or maybe they just used computer graphics to add Al’s charm and personality, that would probably have been cheaper and easier. This movie made Michael Moore’s films vaguely resemble documentaries, something I would have said was impossible before watching “An Inconvenient Truth.” At least Michael Moore is making his films with the purest of motivations…to get rich.

On the more philosophical side, this movie does nicely illustrate a point I make from time to time. The rich and powerful will pursue their own selfish desires to the bitter end no matter what the cost to society. Here we have a clever egotistical politician hitching his horse to a global calamity in order to advance his political career. The man could easily have funded an actual documentary on global warming, and maybe helped counter the fabulous amount of money that is being poured by industry into their “global warming is a hoax/is too expensive to fix/is still a theory” campaign. Instead all he has done is further polarize the issue and given the global warming deniers further ammunition to cast aspersions on the science behind global warming. Good going Al, thanks for reaffirming my opinion that defacing my ballot is the only meaningful choice in American elections.

Speaking of global warming, the chart above is the elephant in the room that global warming deniers don’t want to talk about. Instead they’d rather talk about Al Gore’s college transcripts, conspiracy theories, and the climate in a few carefully selected spots on the globe. The reader needs to especially note that in the last decade the CO2 in the atmosphere has spiked to nearly 400ppm and is rising almost exponentially. Since in the last four hundred thousand years atmospheric CO2 has never passed 300ppm, it makes it ludicrous to claim that this is some sort of “natural cycle.” And the correlation to temperature continues as well, the ten warmest years on record have happened in the last two decades.

If someone can explain why this data should just be ignored, and that humanity can keep dumping CO2 into our planet’s atmosphere without restriction…that’s what the comment section is for. :)

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit, is central to illustrating the post, and may be the most historically important image of our times.)

 

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Written by unitedcats

March 10, 2007 at 8:40 am

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  1. Thank you, I thought I was the only one in my circle of greenie friends who felt this way about the movie and Gore’s intent. And I never trusted MM’s intent either.

    floatingclouds

    March 10, 2007 at 9:10 pm

  2. Hi Doug!

    I appreciate your candor in this review. I think that it is honest people like you who see how these type people hurt a cause that may have some validity, and that why so many thinking people view with skepticism the whole issue as it is presented. I was wondering when I would see an honest one from someone who believed in mm gw, but figured if there ever would be one, it would be from you!

    Doug, I know that we can measure CO2 in the atmosphere, but is there any real evidence that it will cause the global devestation its being credited with. So far, there have been no real evidence that global warming is actually linked to increased CO2 levels in our atmosphere (this is still just theory, with, what I understand, little evidence to support it). Of course, one of the things that I find most interesting is that the site where these measurements are coming from is in Hawaii–at the base of volcanoes.

    CO2 is the building block of life, and without it we don’t have trees, vegetation–life itself. It is still up in the air whether we can produce so much that it will have a negative effect on climate. I do believe the jury is still out on that one, is it not?

    Enjoyable post once again,

    -Jack

    P.S. Doug, have you heard anything lately about deforestation? To me, that is a serious issue, but seems largely forgotten or hardly mentioned today.

    Jack

    March 11, 2007 at 5:56 pm

  3. Doug, let me make a correction–I meant that there has been no correlation between planetary devestation and CO2 levels. Its interesting that CO2 levels are so cyclical in their rise and fall. Almost like clockwork.

    -Jack

    Jack

    March 11, 2007 at 6:00 pm

  4. Doug,

    Good article here:

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=2938762&page=1

    What shocks me is that its on ABC!

    -Jack

    bereans

    March 12, 2007 at 8:10 am

  5. What is Gore’s Motivation? Stay tuned to find out, but I do believe his movie brought the issue to the attention of a lot of people who would have otherwise went on about business as usual. Those people are now paying close attention. I think he went right down the middle, which is where we need to be to get people to respond to the information. Who would you have chosen to play Al?

    David Eubank

    March 12, 2007 at 8:32 am

  6. David,

    Could it be global domination? Positioning himself in the “New World Order” (Conspiracies abound!)

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070312/wl_uk_afp/britainpolitics_070312082025

    -Jack

    bereans

    March 12, 2007 at 9:00 am

  7. Thanks for the comments, I will check out the links and comment (or even post!) further. As for who I would have cast in Al Gore’s role in “An Inconvenient truth,” that’s a no-brainer…it’s not even debatable: Arnold Schwarzenegger. -Doug

    unitedcats

    March 12, 2007 at 11:01 am

  8. One thing is for sure Al Gore mastered the art of Media, his film has reached billions of people. That is an important event in its self. As for One World order, well that will be up to Exxon and other Big Global Corps, not any of us little people. The Big Business people are why carbon credits and other programs are not going to work. They continue to pollute with a cheap buy of carbon credits. So what is the solution? Arnold won’t be back. He now has too much to lose, Maybe Clinton. Or hey G.W. will be looking for work soon!

    David Eubank

    March 12, 2007 at 3:28 pm

  9. Hi Doug,

    I hate to keep sending links to you, but here is a NY Times article that is an affirmation of your position on Al Gore. I predict that he will do as much for the liberal gw cause as Pat Robertson did for the conservative one… :)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/13/science/13gore.html?ex=1331438400&en=2df9d6e7a5aa6ed6&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

    -Jack

    bereans

    March 13, 2007 at 9:39 am

  10. Hi David,

    I don’t think that it is so much Al’s success as it is government and media driving the issue into our heads and homes. It seems that Al’s movie has received more free publicity than Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11″ or Mel Gibson’s “Passion”, but maybe I’m wrong.

    History bears out that governments have always been about control, and that they use issues (fear) to gain more control. It is not conjecture–it is theory supported by all great political minds from Plato to Stalin. Just like the left said that the Bush Administration played upon the fears of the people post 9/11 to adopt a doctrine of pre-emption, the left will use global warming to tip the balance of control into their favor. It is the nature of human government, and its handlers.

    If Bush’s war was all about oil, then couldn’t the war on global warming be about the control of “big oil, big this and that?” Isn’t it all about the control of resources? Hasn’t that been what it always has been throughout history? It has been my impression that it is the gullible masses who look to politicians for the answers–that they are our Supermen, and believe that they have the public interest in mind. No, I think Doug called it right about Al Gore. Governments and politicians exploit fear, and the more crises they promote the more dependent we become upon them, and the more control they can exercise over us. This is history, what makes us immune?

    -Jack

    bereans

    March 13, 2007 at 9:49 am

  11. Jack,
    That is a true enough statement, fear is the driving force of modern political propaganda. Hitler was the first master of the modern media. Look at the work of Artist John Heartfield who worte an Anti Nazi Magazine AIZ, and you will see the foundation for fear action politics. Today there are several big enrgy companies that are going to drive the future energy markets, BP and Dow two that are working together, I saw their CEOs testify to congress, they believe the science of global warming and the decline of oil is real and is a soon to be crisis if action is not taken. I also think that the action taken will have to be at the individual level to be successful. Government won’t do it because of special interests, regardless of which side of the isle you stand. Big business already controls the new world order it is them and they are in charge and own the political systems of the world.

    David Eubank

    March 13, 2007 at 12:40 pm

  12. I hope this will make my Al Gore stocks go up so I make some money on it :-) http://www.prediction-markets.info/rd.php?language=en&wordid=74

    waitmyturn22

    March 14, 2007 at 9:56 am

  13. Hi David,

    Forgive me for not checking in on your comment. I agree that money, no matter whose hands its in, tends to rule the world. That has always been a historical constant.

    Good points all!

    -Jack

    bereans

    March 15, 2007 at 12:23 pm


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