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