Saturday, December 09, 2006

Some Inconvenient Truths

A while back, I saw Al Gore's movie: "An Inconvenient Truth." It was excellent and If you haven't seen it, do so. The film, however, left me depressed on so many levels.

First, there is strong evidence that the Earth is experiencing an unprecedented increase in temperature and that this climate change will have massive effects on our planet and its ability to sustain life and civilization as we know it.

Second, I am struck with the fact that even when faced with an oncoming catastrophe of the first magnitude, humanity seems unlikely to change its ways. Its possible that this aspect of human nature may well be humankind's undoing.

Third, when watching this movie, I was struck by how the Media and Gore's handlers obscured the real Al Gore's personality. The movie showed his intelligence, sense of duty, warmth and charm that few of us would recognize in the caricature of the man presented to the American Voter in 2000. (I won't say that putting the real Al Gore forward would have changed anything, since Gore got more votes than Bush, both nationally and in the state of Florida).

Finally, after watching and listening to Al Gore for an hour and a half, one cannot but be bowled over by the contrast between Gore and Bush. There is no comparison between the two men. Gore is clearly presidential material and Bush?

That is the most Inconvenient Truth of all.

A local group has formed to investigate the feasibility of having HoC0 adopt the Kyoto protocols.
I will try and post some contact information for this group.

Now cheer-up and enjoy your weekend.


Anonymous said...

What did Al Gore do while he was Vice President on the global warming issue?

Steve Fine said...

Well its hard to say. Gore was the Vice-President who has little power under the Constitution. However, the Clinton Administration did participate in the talks that lead to the Kyoto Protocols.

Gore was also busy working on his air safety report which showed the need to overhaul the Government's Air Safety Program because it was inadequate to protect our passenger jets from terrorism. Even though the Gore Commission presented its report to the new Bush Administration and the Republican Congress, they ignored it.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Anonymous said...

Arn't all truths inconvenient?