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February 08, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth

I just recently watched the movie "An Inconvenient Truth" and I thought that it was very interesting. I love the environment dearly and I was very interested to hear what the movie had to say. I was slow to see it because I have heard so many negative things about Al Gore and his presentation of the issue, but when I heard that Al Gore was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and this movie was nominated for an Oscar I couldn't wait any longer.

The movie is a documentary that focuses on global warming, environmental degradation, and, more specifically, on the relationship that humans play in these issues.

By now everyone knows that global warming is a fact. What is always debated and questioned is the role that humans play. I thought that the movie did a very good job of presenting scientific findings in these areas. Gore explains how scientists study and measure climate change, carbon emissions, and the relationship between human actions and climate change. Best of all, the movie ends by giving many examples of things people can do every day to live in a more environmentally responsible way. I would highly recommend watching the movie.

One thing that I think is very annoying is that people who don't like Al Gore or people who don't want to take any responsibility for their role in global warming are very quick to point out the flaws in the movie and then throw the baby out with the bath water. Sure, Al Gore should change some things about his personal life to be more in line with what he is preaching. Sure, he is a sore loser and he takes many opportunities to turn the movie into a commercial for himself. I was annoyed by those things too, BUT that is no excuse to ignore all of the facts that are presented in the film. Also, the movie does have an agenda and data that was used in the movie was used to selectively highlight his points. However, it was real data and it should be given public attention. One section of the movie was dedicated to comparing publications in scientific journals vs. the popular press. It was fascinating to see the discrepancy between what the average person hears vs what the average scientist finds.

I am very thankful for this movie. At the very least, it FINALLY brings this issue into the spotlight and will spark research, publication, conversation, and hopefully... change.

Has anyone else seen it? If so, what did you think?

Posted by collin on February 8, 2007 02:32 PM

Comments

I loved it. One of the most interesting things to me was the data on emissions and mileage standards in the automobile industry. Pretty embarrassing to see that the good ol' U S of A is decades behind other countries. Why is that? Who doesn't want a more fuel efficient car?

Posted by: Anonymous on February 8, 2007 03:10 PM

I don't believe in Global Warming. I think it's warm enough.

Posted by: SnakeMan on February 8, 2007 07:42 PM

you say by now everyone knows that global warming is a fact.that is furthest from the truth.there are so many dicrepancies and non truths in the movie children in england must have their parents signature on a warning letter.quit spreading lies

Posted by: joe davis on August 17, 2008 08:53 PM

you say by now everyone knows that global warming is a fact.that is furthest from the truth.there are so many dicrepancies and non truths in the movie children in england must have their parents signature on a warning letter.quit spreading lies

Posted by: joe davis on August 17, 2008 08:53 PM

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