Al Gore sure has become a lightning rod for Global Warming with his recent book and movie "An Inconvenient Truth". The former United States Vice President and Presidential Runner has had a few life times of controversy. This has far from slowed him up, in fact, it looks to have energized the once "wooden-man" into an all out fist pounding, arm waving evangelist on the subject.
I've had an opportunity to read both the book and see the movie, and since the latter is in limited distribution I should point out that the book makes a great substitute, although you will miss the new more comfortable in my skin Al Gore. The book contains 90% of the content of the movie with a wealth of high quality imagery and graphs and a final chapter on what you can personally do to solve the climate crisis.
It's a real shame that there are people who would criticize such an important topic and have taken so little time to actually understand the subject and the motivation behind the man. Rather they view this as strictly a political issue or remain in denial that such future events will occur without some type of mediation by man. Amazon does make it easy to see where such reviewer's political and ideological leanings lie by selecting their other reviews. You have wonder about a personal attack with no facts in three sentences and at the same time 5 stars for Ann Coulter.
Let me just say that I'm not a particular fan of Al Gore, but for the record I do agree with him that this is not a political debate but a moral imperative. I'm concerned here with defending the message not trying to shoot the messenger.
Al has been involved with this subject for many years, since 1972, not just recently as some would suggest. He was also an active participant in the Clinton-Gore administration in meeting with Congress and holding public events on the issues of global environmental action. Neither the Congress nor the public at that time was interested in this debate.
It has not been till recent years that the global warming debate has heated up, excuse the pun. Al uses one controversial study to get his point across. When Michael Mann and his colleagues produced what is now known as the "the hockey stick" graph that showed a 1,000-year correlation between CO2 and rising temperatures, skeptics immediately attacked it as "junk science". This however has been collaborated with on a study conducted by Dr. Lonnie Thompson of glacial ice core samples taken from around the world. Furthermore in findings just issued by The National Academy of Sciences, one of the worlds most prestigious bodies of science, found in fact: "'High Confidence' That Planet Is Warmest in 400 Years; Less Confidence in Temperature Reconstructions Prior to 1600." and the research done by Michael Mann to be plausible. Their final conclusion is that "current warming is occurring in response to human activities".
Although all the conclusive evidence is mounting as to man's impact on global warming I would invite everyone to study the issue of global warming for themselves. Research online and off, gather as much information as you can. Then make your judgment. As for me I'm ready to power-down and make my own small contribution.