An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

I went to work and felt tired and hungry at the end of the shift, but I still went over to the theatre afterwards to see “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”  The movie in this audience on this afternoon looked upon Al Gore almost as a hero as the prominent voice on global warming.  The movie is an update of what we saw ten years ago in the first movie.  Gore has compiled more striking footage of weather disasters, such as flooding in Miami.  The look at the glacier melting is pretty scary.  If we had seen more of this side of him in 2000, he would have won the election.  I questioned why the sequences of Gore reacting to terrorism was included in the film, outside of working on Gore’s image.  Gore shows us statistics and charts and rails against the people who aren’t listening to the scientists, but what is missing from the movie is what the scientists are seeing in what is happening to the atmosphere.  How much pollution is up there?  How much reduction of pollution is necessary?  Is global warming reversible?  It might have been helpful to see a Feynman-like experiment to illustrate what is happening.  I wonder if Gore knows anything about, say, Newton’s Law of Cooling.  We hear a lot of Gore making speeches and talking with powerful people.  If Gore is working to promote solar power as hard as it appears in this movie, I can’t complain too much about him.  If Gore’s predictions don’t turn out to be accurate, at least we’ll have a cleaner Earth.  The optimism that he wants to project seems like it’s not working when someone like Trump is elected.  Gore has been working for years towards these goals, and Trump wipes it away.  The issue of global warming reminds me of the issue of the population explosion in the 1970s.  Back then, people were taking population statistics and projecting them into the future, and Gore and others are doing the same with temperature statistics.  This is the type of movie that makes people say out loud things like “That’s right” and “They’re idiots,” which is exactly what the woman behind me said out loud.  The movie got a bit of applause at the end.  I’m not sure that this film was truly necessary.  It’s more like a recruitment film than one that really gives us new information.  I did get a positive impression of Gore from the film, and I think he’s fighting for the right things.  His focus is on the pollution of the air, but I’d like to hear him talk about the water and the land, too.  Gore has aged and gained weight, and I wondered how much longer he can do this.  As I left the theatre, I saw they were giving away posters of “Maurice,” so I took one.  I went on to the record store and bought used vinyl copies of “Spiders from Mars” and Maggie Bell’s “Queen of the Night.”  Back at home, I watched the Partridge Family episode “Danny and the Mob” and the Police Story episode “Collision Course.”  Some of the people who died on August 5 include Marilyn Monroe (1962), Richard Burton (1984), Alec Guinness (2000), Chick Hearn (2002), and Budd Schulberg (2009).  Today is a birthday for Maureen McCormick (61) and Loni Anderson (72).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for August 5, “American Bandstand” made its debut on ABC in 1957.  In 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead at age 36 in her Brentwood home.  In 1966, The Beatles released their “Revolver” album in the U.K.  In 2000, Alec Guinness died in England at age 86.

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