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When I was a child, people clapped at the end of movies -- we knew that the filmmakers wouldn't actually hear us, but we showed our appreciation nonetheless. Over the years, it seems that tradition has died out. I don't think I've heard anyone clap at the end of a movie for twenty-odd years. Until, that is, this afternoon.
The entire audience clapped at the end of "An Inconvenient Truth".
It is all too rare to see people act out of idealism and ethics. Those qualities shine throughout this film -- Al Gore has noticed a problem -- a BIG problem -- and he has learned about it, and is trying to solve it. The "news" media gives us little 15-second soundbites instead of news and arguments, believing that we, the American public, are too stupid to comprehend any non-trivial ideas. Gore, on the other hand, clearly has faith in us to UNDERSTAND, to do the right thing, and, above all, to CARE.
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Initial post: Dec 5, 2006, 11:07:26 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2006, 7:47:27 AM PST
B. Merritt says:
Here is some of the most up to date information on the subject from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where much work on these subjects is being done, including some of our best climate models:
The data says that the climate changes were only regional, as can happen, and that when looking at the entire world these changes were not the overall for that time period, as was first thought before the study of ice cores, lake deposits, and tree rings.
For the newest information on Kyoto and the progress of countries within it I would recommend going to the source.
For example, the UK ratified Kyoto May 31, 2002. A list of all ratifying nations, containing links to their required demonstrable progress reports can be found here:
Following this I happened upon Germany's progress; here is a direct quote from their June 2006 report:
"By 2004 greenhouse gas emissions in Germany were reduced by 17.4% compared with the base year. This meant that Germany's obligations under the European burden-sharing arrangements (-21% compared with the base year) had already been fulfilled to a large extent. To ensure that the targets would be achieved, various additional measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have been introduced since 2004. Germany understands climate protection as an essential and ongoing task. For example, climate protection or environmental compatibility will also be included as an equal-ranking goal alongside security of supplies and efficiency in the forthcoming development of the overall energy policy for Germany for the period up to 20206. All in all, it may be assumed - even on a deliberately conservative assessment - that the emission obligations for 2008-2012 will be achieved with the climate policy measures already taken or initiated."
And for China, the latest headlines section at the UNFCCC website, here, http://unfccc.int/2860.php point to a Reuter's article titled China Sees Tackling Climate Change as Urgent - Stern. How sad would it be that the country that the United States may end up coming to this conclusion after China, and anyhow, why should China's policies stop ours? I have never known this to be the case before when we wanted something.
While it is still not perfect, I contend that Kyoto is getting stronger, and is greatly weakened by our not ratifying it. Looking at the success of the The Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer we see that even treaties that are initially thought to not have a chance can find success, and the important thing is to get everyone to the table.
Kyoto is already making a difference, even without our cooperation, look here http://unfccc.int/files/inc/graphics/imag
I agree however that the initial goals of Kyoto are weak, in fact so do the creators of it. The goal is to get things started, and once everyone is on board to reduce emissions further in the future, as stronger cuts are needed.
You might want to check out the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act petition, too:
Posted on Dec 9, 2006, 8:44:18 AM PST
C. R. Marciniak says:
About the clapping at the end of the movie.
I saw the movie in Germany and it was the first time I heard people clapping. I was surprised, but happy to see this. The audience were a mix of Germans and foreigners like myself (I'm American, my husband Swiss) and all were impressed with the scientific data and environmental concerns brought up.
They don't care that it was Al Gore, whom most do remember from 2000. In their minds, it doesn't matter than Al Gore was a politician because he would have no powers in Germany and would do NOTHING for them.
BTW R Rubino...
Abortion is illegal in Germany. The big difference in Germany is that if a man gets a woman pregnant and they aren't married (and marriage is becoming a rarity there now) most men don't disappear like many do here. Many couples never get married but have 2-3 children.
Why are you bringing abortion up anyway??? What does that have to do with pollution and the environment??
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2006, 1:40:07 AM PST
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Arthur Blenheim says:
Marciniak, Rubino mentions abortion because he's a brainless moron. Read his other replies among the reviews of this film, perhaps mine. He repeats himself as though he were drilling holes. That's funny since, if he wasn't right the first time, he's continuing into a useless void of irrationality.
But, it doesn't matter to Rubino. He'll make himself right.
So he thinks.
He's not the only one drilling holes. There's another guy who posted the same reply to this review as to all the other reviews for this movie, including mine: B. Merritt.
Rubino, GO BACK TO THE FIELD OF PSYCHOANALYTIC THERAPY AND GET THE HECK OUT OF AMAZON, before you continue making these moronic statements.
How about this: GET YOUR OWN PSYCHOTHERAPY!
Is this some kind of sick study of yours? I would find your analysis much more interesting if you made one about yourself.
I wouldn't be surprised if all of these people repeating their nonsense were all personalities of Rubino--that is, if Rubino would be the correct name for them all.
Rubino, how many Amazon identities do you have?
Oh, I forgot! I'm supposed to answer the questions; not make them! Oh, then you're not a retard?
Have a warm day yourself, jerk!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2006, 6:08:26 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2006, 8:16:50 AM PST
B. Merritt says:
Sorry about drilling my own holes on posts. These two guys (Rubino and his buddy) are so "out there" that I felt their spamming deserved responses in kind.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2006, 10:27:10 AM PST
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C. R. Marciniak says:
The USA is not the world. This movie has been shown around the world because it has global implications.
Abortion is illegal through much of Europe, including Poland where I also lived for 6+ years. They were not responsible for the holocaust last time I checked.
You said save a child not a whale. What should Europeans try to save? Remember, this movie is for the world, and again, the US is not the world.
Abortion has nothing to do with pollution. But just think about all those who will/have died from pollution (think Chernobyl, Bhopal, etc).
The whole idea of the film is to get people to think about HOW MUCH THEY POLLUTE and what possible consequences can result from this pollution. Read between the lines! Think outside the box!
Maybe it's a little difficult for you. Try.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2006, 5:10:15 PM PST
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