Saturday, July 01, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

Tonight I went to see Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth. I'm not sure what I was expecting. Not true, I was expecting the ranting of a bitter man, who felt he had been unfairly cheated out of the presidency. What I got was a terrifying look at global warming. While obviously disappointed, Gore doesn't seem bitter, and comes over as a humorous and interesting speaker.
I am Al Gore, and I used to be the next president of the United States...
I've talked about the end of the world in the past, possible extiction levels events, and how the effects of global warming might have been massively underestimated due to the effects of global dimming. But day to day life wears away at you and you tend to shove the big questions to the back of your mind. Even those of us that have the privilege to be paid to think for a living have to concentrate of the small things to get by...


The movie trailer on Google Video (or YouTube)

Gore talks passionately about the environment, the effects of global warming, and the possible consequences of the break-up of the Antarctic ice shelf, or the melting of the Greenland ice pack.
If you look at the ten hottest years ever measured all have occurred in the last fourteen years, the hottest of all, 2005...is it possible that we should prepare against other threats besides terrorists?
It makes you wonder what the world would be like today if Gore had been elected president of the United States in 2000, rather than Bush. It's hard to trust a politician, even an ex-politician. But Gore's track record on climate change seems fairly solid, go see An Inconvenient Truth, especially go see it if you doubt global warming is real.

Update: Well Al Gore used a Futurama clip in his movie to "explain" global warming, so I guess it's only fair...