The Inconvenient Truth gets thumbs-up for accuracy

On Sunday night, Penny and I went to catch “The Inconvenient Truth” at the local Dipson Theatre. There’s something about these older art houses which adds grandeur to a film, something that’s missing in all those modern multiplex cinemas. In any case, it’s a film with a very important lesson about Earth, intermixed with Gore’s life story which explains what motivated him on his personal environmental crusade. While geeks like me naturally absorb all the facts, I was pretty pleased with Penny who not only stayed awake throughout the film, but could talk to me about it the next day too. Though she definitely faired better than most scientists’ wives, I think she’d agree that the movie does call on your human conscience.

If you haven’t seen it, there’s even more reason to watch it now…

The Associated Press contacted more than 100 top climate researchers by e-mail and phone for their opinion on the film. Among those contacted were vocal skeptics of climate change theory. Apparently most scientists had not seen the limited release movie, nor read the book.

However, of the 19 climate scientists who have seen it, they all had the same general impression: Gore conveyed the science correctly; the world is getting hotter and it is a manmade catastrophe-in-the-making caused by the burning of fossil fuels. In essence, the nation’s top climate scientists are giving “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore’s documentary on global warming, five stars for accuracy.

Even more interesting is that fact that while more than 1 million people have seen the movie since it opened in May, that number does not include Washington’s top science decision makers. President Bush said he won’t see it and the heads of the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA haven’t seen it. At least the president’s science adviser said the movie is on his to-see list.

“They are quite literally afraid to know the truth,” Gore said. “Because if you accept the truth of what the scientific community is saying, it gives you a moral imperative to start to rein in the 70 million tons of global warming pollution that human civilization is putting into the atmosphere every day.”

Perhaps some people believe that what you don’t know can’t hurt you
Yeah right.

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