An Inconvenient Truth

I’ve haven’t been a fan of Al Gore ever since he claimed to have invented the internet, but I have new-found respect for the man after watching An Inconvenient Truth at the weekend. He’s obviously passionate about the cause and he’s been trying to tackle it for a long time. He’s done his research and has all the numbers to back up what he says – something the “skeptics” absolutely don’t have. He has a message which is incontrovertible:

The human race have had a measurable, dramatic and detrimental effect on global climate change.

At least, it’s indisputable according to the science. Almost one thousand scientific studies back up this message. Zero do not. However, public opinion is still divided; why is this? A quote from Upton Sinclair which Al Gore presented in the movie goes some way to explaining it:

You can’t make somebody understand something if their salary depends upon them not understanding it.

Al Gore may not have invented the internet, but he could be an important part of saving the planet, which I guess is probably a better claim to fame anyway. The importance of his contribution could have been so much greater though if it hadn’t been for a few votes in Florida.

4 thoughts on “An Inconvenient Truth”

  1. While I agree that the world should seriously start reversing its habits, you may want to check out the criticisms about the movie on Wikipedia. Gore may have skewed his numbers a bit for effect. But if he is right, we should be having warmer winters soon.

  2. My cousin in Austrailia is also a firm believer in the scaremongering associated with “Global Warming” and “The Environment” and wrote a large document as a response to the movie… It can be viewed here.

    While I don’t claim to understand fully the chemical imbalances that are being talked about both explaniations make for compelling cases.

    I suggest we get Big Al, Cousin Will and Claude Genest in a house together, Big Brother style and see what happens.

    If anyone else wishes to read it, let me know!

  3. Hey, I voted for Claude Genest! Make sure David Suzuki is added to the house as well.

    I think the core message of An Inconvenient Truth is sound: that human activity is having a negative impact on our climate and that a less wasteful lifestyle is the most sensible way to go, even if some of his claims are inflated for effect.

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