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Inconvenient Facts Missing from “An Inconvenient Truth”


For the first time in nearly a year, on the evening of Monday, May 15, 2006, I did not regret helping to elect George W. Bush as President of the United States back in 2000. It wasn’t because of his speech proposing to militarize the border. I didn’t see that. My regrets over electing George Bush were washed away in a mere 100 minutes as I previewed “An Inconvenient Truth”—a Davis Guggenheim film featuring Al Gore.
Imagine if the invitation list from an Arianna Huffington cocktail party got together to produce the C-SPAN coverage of Al Gore giving a PowerPoint presentation on Global Warming and you get the picture of what “An Inconvenient Truth” is all about.
But you don’t have to imagine, it’s coming to a theater near you, except it’s produced for Paramount and instead of PowerPoint, it’s Apple’s Keynote software, as the viewer is reminded with at least a dozen product placements, two credits and an opening line touting Gore’s position on Apple’s board.
Less a documentary than a puff-piece, “An Inconvenient Truth” is as fair and balanced as a Fox News Special Report on Why Democrats are Unpatriotic. Gore’s assertions go unquestioned and unchallenged—to the detriment of what is a powerful message about global warming.
Comparing Global Warming to the rise of Nazism in the mid-1930’s gore blames the theory for mass extinctions, droughts, floods, mosquito population growth, SARS, Avian Flu, and yes, the breaking of the levees in Hurricane Katrina.
Of course, while blaming the devastation of New Orleans on Katrina, Gore leaves out some inconvenient facts, such as the fact that, as a Category 3, Katrina wasn’t even 2005’s most powerful storm when it hit land, and that the breaking of the levees could more likely be blamed on the failure of his and previous administrations in fixing them over the past sixty years.
In the movie’s closing scenes, the former Vice President asserts that, “we have the ability to bring individual carbon emissions to zero.” However, since by merely breathing, we emit Carbon Dioxide, I am not sure whether we want to pursue this “Final Solution” to its natural course.
Facts aside, one question remains. Who thought anyone would want to listen to Al Gore talking for one hundred minutes uninterrupted?!? From the belabored *sigh* he uses to punctuate his first sentence in the film to Gore’s inability to refer to scientists by name without calling them either his “friend” or his “mentor” to the former Veep’s general school-marm attitude that only Government knows what is best for us, “An Inconvenient Truth” might serve a purpose other than the intended one and, as it did for me, remind most Americans of why we selected George Bush in the first place.

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