Monday, May 29, 2006

"An Inconvenient Truth" has a few inconvenient inaccuracies?

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Letting the ticket stubs fall where they may with The Da Vinci Code, I read with interest Slate.com's review of Vice President Al Gore's new movie, An Inconvenient Truth.

Bemoaning the lack of action in the plodding film, writer Gregg Easterbrook says "Instead, we get a 100-minute PowerPoint presentation interrupted by outtakes from campaign ads, plus shots of Gore apparently rendered despondent by the weight of his environmental knowledge."

Though Easterbrook calls the movie "admirable" and "motivated by the sense of civic responsibility Hollywood on the whole has abandoned," he is quick to point out that Gore has taken, uh, liberties with the truth, or, at best, repeatedly presents worse-case scenarios.

Currently scientists are concerned that sea levels may rise up two to three inches in the 21st century due to melting icecaps; the movie shows a simulated flood of Manhattan, with sea levels rapidly rising up to 20 feet.

According to Slate, the movie takes heavy shots at Republicans as wasteful and lacking compassion, with Gore pushing the Think Green mentality as he hops aboard a petroleum-guzzling jet plane.

I think I'm going to wait for the DVD of this one. I can't take two hours of Al Gore all at once. Using the PAUSE button on my TV's remote doesn't use up extra energy, does it?

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Comments:
Wow, not only to you not add any valuable content of your own to the slate article you admit that global warming is a problem (sea levels going up). The degree/simulation to which this happens is moot, since there are far more implications to global warming.
First of all, I don't understand the 'clever' title to your post; wouldn't they be convenient inaccuracies? Second of all, Gore acknowledges that not all scientists are completely agreed on how screwed the planet is, but he does show beyond a shadow of a doubt that any scientist in any position of knowledge and understanding in that area fully agrees that it is a problem, and that it is a human-created problem. Maybe you should stop pausing it and actually watch it, then maybe you would have an intelligent argument to present. Oh, and maybe you should grow an attention span, they can be quite useful.
Just read this... and having just posted a tongue-in-cheek post of my own on global warming, i have been surfing around to other sites to read posts and comments... and one thing is universally true. When a liberal or a democrat makes a most, they can't just disagree with respect. Its all about how stupid you are, how "you should grow an attention span" and so on.

I have no idea where you lay politically... but i do like your train of thought. I personally am from the intolerant, bigoted, homophobic party--oh, no, not the Democrats. Sorry, I wasn't clear.

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I agree with the first commenter. Your review underpins the denialists' narrow-minded opinion that Gore's exaggerated claims distort the truth; global warming IS happening. Who cares about the delivery of the message so long as we acknowledge it and react to it? Shame on you.
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