American in Spain

That Al Gore Movie

February 28, 2007

I just watched An Inconvenient Truth. I had been avoiding it because I knew how it would depress me. But after it won two Oscars, I figured the time had come. The most interesting thing that was somewhat new to me was the parallels drawn between the battles between Money and Science about the topics of "smoking kills" and "global warming". Particularly the statement about the "repositioning of X as theory rather than fact" struck me as such a parallel to a recent pet peeve of mine, the "debate" over evolution. I liked this quote, by Upton Sinclair:

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.

I hope that all of you will rent/buy/download this movie and watch it. Will it piss you off? Yes, definitely. Hopefully it will affect you enough emotionally to, at the very least, make global warming a top priority when you next find yourself enclosed in a voting booth.

It almost brings me to tears to imagine how much better off the people in the alternate universe where Al Gore actually won the election in 2000 are.

[Edit] Oops, that last link goes to the wrong stolen presidential election.