An Inconvenient Truth

I don’t know the last time I heard such a great title for a movie because this says it all. The concept of global warming is something even I would rather not think about because it’s simply daunting. It’s about time An Inconvenient Truth came out and I really think everyone needs to see this.
The truth is that it’s important to realize what is happening to the world we live in and the fact it’s quickly getting worse. The scary part about it is it’s hard to imagine that there is anything substantial we can do to make this better. Recycling? Better cars? Better choices?

From what I learned from the movie just making small changes can make a pretty big difference and everyone really just needs to take this more seriously. The hardest part is that the government and companies want to sweep it under the carpet because it’s easier that way.

Here are some facts from the site:

  • The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled in the last 30 years.
  • Deaths from global warming will double in just 25 years — to 300,000 people a year.
  • Global sea levels could rise by more than 20 feet with the loss of shelf ice in Greenland and Antarctica, devastating coastal areas worldwide.
  • More than a million species worldwide could be driven to extinction by 2050.

It’s too bad that this isn’t being taken more seriously, quite honestly it’s one of the reasons I don’t want to have children. Why bring children into a world that is quickly deteriorating?

  1. Heather B

    March 18, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    Haven’t heard of this documentary but definitially am interested in seeing it

  2. Avitable

    March 18, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    While I am very interested in watching this, and I think that the environment is a very real concern, I never believe any “facts” I hear about things like this.

    For example, the instrumentation to properly catalogue and calculate hurricanes has only been around for about 30-40 years, and many people think it’s completely cyclical.

    Also, about 25 years ago, everyone was worried about another ice age because there wasn’t enough warming going around. Now it’s the opposite.

    In the end, I feel that the Earth is always going to be around. Environmentalists are actually just worried about people, which makes them as selfish as everyone else.

  3. Kentucky Girl

    March 18, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    I agree with Avitable. I am concerned about the environment in which I live, but I take all these “facts” from the propaganda film with a grain of salt. I believe (from what I have read and studied in college) that it is cyclical. There have always been periods of warming and cooling on the earth. It’s how it balances itself out. I also don’t think that the Earth is quickly falling apart. I think that is their way of scaring the public into buying into their hype.

    That being said, we should all be more conscious of the way we live and preserve what we can.

  4. Robin

    March 19, 2007 at 6:50 am

    I agree with what you are saying but with all the crazy natural disasters in the last several years it’s hard to ignore. They showed a lot of scary things in the movie you’d have to see to understand…changes over all the years. I’d be curious to see hear your POV after seeing the film.

  5. Matt Savage

    March 19, 2007 at 7:08 am

    I just watched this movie the other day and I must say it was pretty eye opening. Sure, all films will have some bias in them however I think that the data shown in the film does have truth to it. There is certainly a reason for concern. As to some of the posters above, why would they need you to “buy” into the hype? Do you seriously think people are trying to profit off of this?

    -Matt

  6. Robin

    March 19, 2007 at 7:13 am

    :wave: Matt – you make a good point, it’s really a film you have to see to understand the significance of it. There was no way I could really write a “review” on what this movie was about…it’s best experienced. On top of all that, Al Gore is a spectacular speaker :what:

  7. Kentucky Girl

    March 19, 2007 at 7:15 am

    Crazy natural disasters have been historically cyclical as well. Any historian can show that even when they didn’t have weathermen.

    I have seen the film. I think it was meant to scare people into buying their bill of goods.

    Propaganda:
    -the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
    -ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause; also : a public action having such an effect

    I’m not saying that it doesn’t have some truths, but the film fails to tell the whole story which is worse to me than if they had made the whole thing up.

    Thing is, India and China (both countries with over 1 billion people) are exempt from the Kyoto Protocol yet they are heavy producers of greenhouse gases. China being #2 to the United States. So while I agree that we should reduce, we should also look to other countries to do so as well.

  8. Robin

    March 19, 2007 at 7:18 am

    I’ve always believed strongly in more recycling, less packaging and better use of resources…the world could be taken care of better and that’s what I got out of it. KC, thank you for all your input on it, I am one to see both sides. Next on my list: Who Killed The Electric Car.

  9. Avitable

    March 19, 2007 at 7:22 am

    Matt,

    Since nobody used the phrase “buy into the hype”, I don’t know why that’s what you’re thinking.

    Every documentary has a message that it wants to convey, and if it’s going to do it well, it uses the facts that make its case look the best. Very rarely does it show both sides of a discussion, and when it does, it’s usually not a very interesting film to watch.

    So, I’m sure that there is some truth to the data shown, but I guaran-fucking-tee you that it’s not all of the truth.

    The Earth will be around long after people are gone. Environmentalists are not concerned about the Earth. They’re concerned about themselves.

    I, personally, don’t care one way or the other. Once I’m dead, I’ll be dead.

  10. Kentucky Girl

    March 19, 2007 at 7:22 am

    LOL I’m not trying to change anyone’s opinion, I’m just trying to say that there isn’t an easy answer to it all.

    PS–no one wants the electric car. It produces more greenhouse gases than internal combustion engines because of the electricity that must be generated to charge it. Plus the recycling of the batteries are (from what I understand) a bitch. I mean, there is a way that we could produce enough energy safely and efficiently enough to have electric cars. It is a little thing they call nuclear power.

    *ducks and runs away from the incoming bullets* LOL

  11. NYC Watchdog

    March 19, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Hell… I want more Category 5’s… so continue the global warming gosh darnit!!!

  12. Gemini

    March 22, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    :unsure:

    So I just happened to be reading in the Week. (A Mag that has articles from all kinds of periodicals)
    Locating the following article…

    The hot air coming from Al GORE’s home

    Debra SAUNDERS San Francisco Chronicle

    Talk about inconvenient truths. A conservative think tank recently revealed that former VP Al GORE, the Oscar-winning global-warming scourge, used $30,000 worth of energy in his suburban Nashville home last year.

    That is 221,000 kWh, 20 (seems low) times the national average.

    He also owns multiple SUVs and flies around on private jets, just like his friends in the global-warming movement, Arnold SCHWARZENEGGER, Leonardo DiCAPRIO and Laurie DAVID, producer of An Inconvenient Truth.

    No hypocrisy here, say these committed environmentalists. They’ve bought “carbon offsets”, such as paying for trees to be planted in Africa to magically erase the pollution they generate here in the US.

    What a joke. Like adulterous preachers lecturing their flock against sin, GORE and his Hollywood sycophants find it far easier to scold the rest of us for our piggish energy consumption than to put a crimp in their own lavish lifestyles.

    So spare us the sanctimony, Mr GORE: He who lives in a massive, electricity-devouring house should not be throwing stones.

    Sorry… :unsure:

  13. Robin

    March 23, 2007 at 7:42 am

    Well yeah, all documentaries have other sides to them and then who knows where people get their information from (same for the article). ALL I know and was trying to say is that lately something seems more wrong with the world than before but maybe I just never paid attention before. I thought the movie was insightful anyway :dunno:

  14. Avitable

    March 23, 2007 at 7:50 am

    I’m still interested in seeing it. Debra Saunders’s insistence that the message is destroyed because he travels around on private jets is kinda stupid.

    I’m sure there are still some interesting things to be learned, I just don’t think it’s quite as dire as he makes it sound.

  15. Gemini

    March 23, 2007 at 10:19 am

    Avitable – I agree.. I only think that If you are going to make a movie like this and point out where everyone else is going wrong you would try to conserve more then everyone else… you know…

    I have no doubt that everything that is in that movie is really accurate and just because Debra has an opinion about Gore because of his energy use, does not mean that the movie should not be taken serious.

    I am only pointing out that Al has lost some credibility with me after reading the article.

  16. Robin

    March 23, 2007 at 10:27 am

    I wonder if anyone ever brought this up with him? I’d love to make more changes if I could, sadly to make good changes costs more money usually.

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