Last night, my son and I watched The Inconvenient Truth together. Recently I had Democratic bloggers all upset because I thought there was something to right wing critiques of Gore’s personal energy use. That energy use is what it is, and in no way detracts from the truthiness and truthfulness of the film.
The truthfulness was about as solid as its gets. Gore did not limit his analysis to one geographical region, but demonstrated how climate change impacts every region on the planet. Often analysis like this only go back twenty or thirty years which only gives you a slice of the totality. In looking at Co2 and temperature he went back at least 60,000 years which gave a very clear indication that those increases are gross deviations from the norm.
As important was the truthiness of the film. That truth of the gut that something has gone terrible wrong if its exponential population growth, melting of the ice caps, dramatic Co2 and temperature increases, increasing acidity in the oceans, or more violent and concentrated weather patterns. While we can not be guaranteed a predictable outcome for this or that change of action, there is a very clear predictable outcome of our present course of action.
The one critique I have is the one made by the Political Compass blog. The film while mentioning corporate responsibility in a sidebar or two leaves it out of its major analysis. While personal responsibility and ones carbon footprint are no doubt fine educational tools, they will not alter the nature of the beast. This is one issue where we need a stronger governmental role and more corporate responsibility. Political Compass put it best,
Ultimately it’s about as meaningful as a documentary on lung cancer that fails to mention tobacco.