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5.0 out of 5 stars Go See It. Go. Right Now., May 30, 2006
Ok, let me get this straight. They made a documentary about Al Gore giving a lecture? About global warming? Okay, I'm already asleep. Snore. Yawn. Why don't I just stay home and save the money I would spend to take a nap.

All kidding aside, if you know anything about Al Gore, you know this is a subject he is extremely committed to and passionate about. Very passionate. And after five years of some of the worst, most harmful environmental policy to ever come out of Washington, DC, there is no better time for "An Inconvenient Truth".

I know many consider Gore to be less than a captivating speaker. But in "An Inconvenient Truth" he comes across as a different man because he is so passionate and committed to the subject of global warming, he comes across as a different man. Informed, knowledgeable, conversational and persuasive, if he were like this during the election, there would be no Florida Recount in our history books. Okay, so that didn't happen. But the result is that Gore, much like Clinton and Carter, are trying to do something with their status to help better the world. Gore has long been an environmental advocate and it shows. He knows the facts inside and out; people have provided him with statistics, graphs, charts and more, and he uses them in this presentation.

As Gore states, he has given the lecture more than a thousand times around the globe. Because of this, he is extremely comfortable addressing large audiences, giving them a lot of scientific research to digest. Remarkably, he makes it easy to understand, pointing out key facts, walking us through some of the more difficult to understand ideas and problems. He also knows when the audience needs a break and interjects humor here and there. At one point, he shows a spoof of an educational film animated by the people at "The Simpsons". At others, he makes fun of himself and his political ambitions and woes.

Davis Guggenheim, the filmmaker, has apparently presented Gore's lecture virtually intact. As Gore moves around on a dais, clicking for the next slide, he makes persuasive points. But he also reaches a couple of key points. When this happens, the filmmakers smartly pull back from the lecture, giving us a portrait of a few key moments in Gore's life. The argument he makes in his lecture is persuasive, intelligent and well thought out, but because we learn more about the man making the presentation, these points have even more resonance. Not only do these moments give us more details about Gore, they also provide a respite from the scientific data, allowing us to absorb what we have learned.

At one point, Gore states that the data is irrefutable and it appears to be. Remarkably, the filmmakers show footage of various people attacking Gore, or claiming the data he is presenting is not based in fact. Yet, we can see it for ourselves, right in front of us. And I am sure Gore could easily provide a bibliography of resources for us to check out all of the facts he uses. What would drive some of these people to attack Gore and this data? Some of the clips are from Gore's days as a Senator and Vice President, so some of that can be contributed to political parties trying to one-up each other. But currently, Gore does not hold political office, yet the current administration seems intent on giving every break to the worst polluters in the country, allowing them to make as much money as possible while they pollute and pollute and pollute. Gore shows a slide about this argument. Apparently, there is the thought good environmental policy will impact the economy. How do these same people explain the relationship between Toyota, Honda, Ford and GM? Toyota and Honda manufacture vehicles with far better gas mileage than their competitors and are much more successful because of it. An argument Gore makes very convincingly.

Thankfully, Gore stays away from political bias. More or less. A couple of times, he makes funny remarks about his failed run for the presidency, or he makes a pointed comment about the current administration, but by and large his comments are directed at us and what we should do to save our planet. The film isn't void of bias, but there could certainly have been a lot more. The fact the filmmaker and Gore showed some restraint makes his presentation even more persuasive.

The film ends with a series of `calls to action' as the credits begin. Frankly, these aren't needed because Gore's arguments are so convincing. But they are effective. As one call to action states "Urge everyone you know to see this film." Well, folks, that's what I am doing. Go and see this film. We need to do something before it is too late to do anything. Hopefully, this film will one day be viewed as a historical document of the beginning of a great change and not as a horror film.
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2006 4:41:43 PM PST
QUOTE--"Still can't get his big head around the 'freedom of speech' thing."

Well Mr. Rubino, can you get your gut through doorways? Maybe you should move to Greece so you won't get stuck.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2006 10:51:47 PM PST
QUOTE--"Deleted by Amazon on Dec 24, 2006 1:09 PM PST."

Mr. Rubino, what were you saying? Was it something about free speech?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2006 11:09:52 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2006 11:35:48 PM PST
QUOTE--"If you don't like what others post, then why do you continue to read/respond?"

That's my question, Mr. Rubino: if you don't like the subject we are arguing here, what the hell are you doing here?

As usual, you reverse every possible issue to the direction whence it came, all while completely ignoring the initial accusation against the likes of yourself--the neo-conservative. You accuse the believers of Free Speech of having problems with Free Speech, the environmentalists with environmental guilt, promptness with tardiness, credibility with accusation, patriotism with hatred instead of patriotic correction, and the truth by ignoring things. Mr. Rubino, you don't play with a full deck. You always start at the end and move everyone into reverse for the simple reason you refuse to accept being told, when you are wrong, to learn executive finality.

The only reason your neo-conservative, irrational nihilism has ever succeeded is because you take advantage of spectator doubt by making arguments, causing fights, and starting trouble whenever it suits your nihilistic interests. And, in this way, you prove Mark Twain's adage, "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."

No one is here arguing with you anymore. You only have my attention because I find a lot of irony in all of your responses. As you write, I point them out: little-by-little. Why are you so emphasizing an unanswered last word? If you have the last word, you've been able to make fun of someone else at their expense without a response from the person you so insult? That's why I say you should stand at an arm's length from me. That way, I could knock your lights out, physically remove you from this discussion forum, or at the very least for you to say this to my face you coward. You don't dare stand in my way with this nonsense, but you hide behind a computer and poke me with these lame notions about liberal peril, all at the expense of enlightenment.

Liberal means free, Mr. Rubino. There are some reasons to want to be free of your stupidity here, and of your ridicule to my--or our--concerns pertaining to An Inconvenient Truth. If you can't be serious, why are you here: to turn the credentials of my genuine concern into mush?

That's your job: every time someone actually LISTENS to Al Gore from this movie, you have to stick a few personal funnies on after the person has left so you can claim the win. You wretched, old, self-satisfying, and irresponsible man!

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 4:10:37 AM PST
Here is a sobering news report for those who still insist that global warming is a non event:

"A giant ice shelf 41 square miles in size has broken away from Canada's Arctic coast, scientists have revealed.
The Ayles Ice Shelf broke clear 16 months ago from the coast of Ellesmere Island, about 497 miles south of the North Pole, but no one was present to see it in Canada's remote north.
Using satellite images, scientists later noticed that it had formed an ice island in just an hour and left a trail of icy boulders floating in its wake.
Warwick Vincent, of Laval University, who studies Arctic conditions, travelled to the newly formed ice island and could not believe what he saw.
"This is a dramatic and disturbing event. It shows that we are losing remarkable features of the Canadian north that have been in place for many thousands of years. We are crossing climate thresholds, and these may signal the onset of accelerated change ahead," Vincent said.
In 10 years of working in the region he had never seen such a dramatic loss of sea ice, he added.
The collapse was so powerful that earthquake monitors 155 miles away picked up tremors.
The Ayles Ice Shelf was one of six major ice shelves remaining in Canada's Arctic.
Scientists say it is the largest event of its kind in Canada in 30 years and they point their fingers at climate change as a major contributing factor.
"It is consistent with climate change," Vincent said, adding that the remaining ice shelves were 90 per cent smaller than when first discovered in 1906."

I think the break up of something as massive as the Ayles Ice Shelf should ring alarm bells in even the most cynical of the anti global warming diehards.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2006 12:44:16 PM PST
D. I. Shipley, I appreciate your comment, but you should include a citation so I can check your information. Always cite who you're quoting. Is it Reuters? Is it the Associated Press (AP)? Is it the Wall Street Journal? Is it Time magazine? Who wrote it?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2006 2:22:25 PM PST
Arthur,

The source was AOL news on the 29.12.06.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2006 3:46:29 PM PST
D.I. Shipley, Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2007 5:06:05 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2007 5:11:44 PM PST
Where did Mr. Rubino and his repetitive arguments go? Did Amazon delete him or something?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2007 5:12:12 PM PST
Hey, Mr. Rubino, YOU'VE BEEN DELETED!

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