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Jul 23, 2006 — I saw An Inconvenient Truth today. I liked it. Al Gore is an entertaining and intelligent speaker.

There appears to be a very real climatological crisis on the Earth today. Carbon dioxide levels, and therefore temperature levels, are something like triple the highest they have EVER been in 650,000 years. Species are dying off at an unprecedented rate. The glaciers are disappearing. It's predicted with some accuracy that the arctic icecap will be gone -- GONE -- in 40 years.

Doom and gloom! It's easy to shrug this off, and I know many people who do, not just because it's inconvenient to stop driving gas guzzlers or to use air conditioning, but also because it's inconvenient to listen to someone you a) didn't vote for and b) keeps villianizing the current administration.

Now let me say here that I didn't vote for Gore, and I probably wouldn't vote for him if he ran for president again. I dunno that I would vote for Bush if HE ran again either. But see, here's the thing: the current administration did not cause global warming, and voting Hillary Clinton into office won't reverse it either.

And that's what I did NOT like about this movie. While most of it was entertaining and informative, and extremely well produced, there were a few moments in there where the whole problem was politicized, and it gave the impression that if only we vote right, we'll be okay.

This is SO not a partisan issue! If indeed there is a problem with the world's climate, and I believe there is, and if there is indeed a way for us to deal intelligently with it, and I believe there is, then it is completely a bipartisan issue and not a politically divisive one.

The problem I have with the politicization in the movie is not just the knee-jerk reaction I have to any glib, one-sided "it's all their fault" mentality, but the fact that this sort of politicization is exactly what will cause a certain demographic to completely dismiss the message altogether. In fact, I know some people who won't even go see the movie because it's Al Gore who is presenting it.

Has anyone else seen it? Any thoughts?

Wirehead says:

I can't actually even find any information about local play times for this movie, or even a release date.

So much for "Southern democrats".

rnewhouse says:

(Sunrise Cinemas) 1609 Swann Ave., Tampa, FL 33606, 813-258-4646
Showtimes: 1:50pm | 4:50 | 8:00 | 9:55

Got this from imdb.com

Wirehead says:

Yargh... that's like, forty miles from my house. Through old Tampa, which is approximately like driving through a Habitrail with water hazards.

rnewhouse says:

Well, according to this movie, you have about 40 years to get there before the whole area is underwater.

DataBind() says:

I saw it -- I loved it. Where was THIS Al Gore during the 2000 election?

Doofman says:

Muzzled, shackled and straight-jacketed by his "campaign team."

Wirehead says:

I think his batteries ran down. Pesky alternative power systems. Now that Gore-Bot 2.0 is out with long-life fuel cells, he's much more lifelike.

Anyway, honestly, anything that involves the complete destruction of Florida is ok in my book. I'm sure the Disney people will just build a dike or something and going to Disneyland will be like going to the Netherlands. Other than that, I think Florida would be much more attractive as a large reef with daily diving excursions than it is now.

DataBind() says:

going to Disneyland will be like going to the Netherlands

Marijuana cafes and legal prostitution? Now that's a magic kingdom.

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