Don’t miss Al Gore’s new movie about global warming. It’s even more vital and convincing than his 2006 Oscar winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.
AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER
STRONG EVIDENCE OF GROWING DANGERS WORLDWIDE
The film tracks former VP Gore as he travels from Greenland and the melting caps to serious flooding in India, the Philippines, Paris, and the U.S. In a Miami Beach scene, Gore wades deeply into streets that have been flooded by ocean water in the very heart of the city. This is especially ironic as Rick Scott, Republican governor of Florida, doesn’t believe in climate change.
TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE AND A HALF STEPS BACK
Much of the film was created during the Obama administration and reflects the growing worldwide recognition of the importance of climate change and the need to find new energy sources to combat it. But, the Trump administration has indicated an intent to reverse at least American participation in this effort, introducing the expectation that a solution to the problem is a lot farther than Gore had hoped.
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
Nevertheless, Al Gore persists in being optimistic. He believes that the facts themselves will eventually convince enough people—especially those who live in vulnerable coastal regions—that changes must take place if we are to prevent tragic losses and considerable suffering. He demonstrates this in a scene in which he discusses the problems caused by using fossil fuel with the Republican mayor of a small Texas town. Despite their political differences, the mayor is determined to provide his people with new sources of energy that will both save money and protect the environment. It’s amazing how reassuring one finds this episode.
WILL POWER STIFLE THE TRUTH, AFTER ALL?
Coincidentally, an as yet unreleased government report also concludes that U.S. temperatures have risen dangerously because of human generated emissions. The National Academy of Sciences has approved this report (completed recently by scientists from 13 federal agencies) and now awaits Trump’s permission to release it to the public. At least one government scientist who worked on this report said that he was concerned that Trump may not give permission to publish. This is not surprising when you realize that the report contradicts claims by Trump and his cabinet who insist that there is no proof that humans are a major cause of global warming.