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June 03, 2006


Two additional points. As Josh Marshall and others have pointed out, it has become de rigeur among "conservatives" to decry the movie and global warming in general, as in this NY Post review, most of which is inaccurate or false. For instance, it fails to distinguish among particulates, toxins, ground-level ozone from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and CO2 emissions. (Particulates, which are carcinogenic, may actually mitigate some of the effects of global warming. Some of the historic cold periods (such as the "year there was no summer" in 1816 have been traced to severe volcanic eruptions.)

But surely much of it is just anti-intellectualism among those who have sold their critical faculties to be hangers-on at the tables of power. As with so much else, they must think they are in on the con.

Second, I was struck when Gore showed the map of where various natural disasters strike. Sure, we face once or twice in a lifetime disasterous earthquakes in California, but the midsection and Southeast have more than their share of much more frequent disasters. And 120 plus is hot even by Crawford (or Phoenix) standards. Yet those aren't the areas where measures are being taken to reduce greenhouse emissions.

I have to confess I'm terrified to see that movie. Genuinely don't know if I could deal with it, or if it would send me to a couple of days in the fetal position, reciting a list of my environmental sins and, in a futile attempt to comfort myself, virtues.

Terrific post, Mimikatz, thanks.
Range wars occurred in the U.S. in the 19th Century, because ranchers didn't want to pay for the real costs of their cattle's grazing. Local, State, and Federal institutions are the only one's positioned to make and enforce the tough decisions about "Costing the Earth."
Stewardship and enforcement for the environment appears to normally fall on the already overburdened criminal justice system. Perhaps it's time to consider investing in special criminal/civil courts that deal exclusively with environmental crime? We already have special Federal bankruptcy courts, so there is precedent for this kind of specialization.

Miss Laura, the movie is not hard to watch, except maybe the part with the polar bear, which is computer annimated. Gore is very engaging and leads you through the science (all ok, from what I have heard) and then he makes the case for our ability to reverse warming. Don't fear. The real problem is that it makes you really understand that you have to do something. We have decided to buy a new, more efficient front-loading washer (which we need anyway); turn off the lights and appliances and chargers when not in use; and then plant a lot more trees on some property my family owns. I already bought a Toyota Scion (don't drive enough to justify a Prius--only about 300-400 mi a month). And spend less time in front of the computer and more in the garden. But by all means see it.

I never though I'd see the words Al Gore and entertaining in the same sentence. ... This sounds like a great and important film that, unless it continues to get incredible buzz,won't play anywhere my little corner of the world ... I'll definitely get it on DVD though!

If he isn't running, what's the point of all the home video?

The problem is, I have this mother...who keeps me on edge about environmental issues. You know how your mother can push your buttons like no one else? This is something she's semi-hysterical about, so I am required to be the same.

My next car will be a Prius (or similar).

In the winter, I keep the heat essentially as low as it can go without the pipes freezing (to the point where I wake up from cold under 2 comforters, 2 fleece blankets, and one or two others).

Low-energy-use bulbs in almost all of my lights.

Very little local driving.

BUT: Too much highway driving, too much flying. And general Americanness - big fridge, too much solid waste, etc. These things weigh on me on a daily basis, without seeing the movie.

Anyway, I'm not really raising the tone around here much, and I have nothing to offer on this topic but fretting.

Gore is clearly not running in the conventional sense, which would make him a target. I have to believe he doesn't want to subject himself to the kind of press and GOP humiliations that attended his last run. But no platform gives a person the chance to do smething about it that the presidency provides. So he's in effect waiting and seeing, and waiting for what amounts to a draft, is my guess.

The personal footage is also part of what humanizes him so that we can see the source of his passion and respond to him/it. He's been on this issue for decades, just watching it get worse and worse.

People can be cynical about Gore or his motives or the problem itself, but it is hard to deny the facts. And read the bit in the NYTimes Week in Review about how it is already beginning to exacerbate poison oak, mosquitoes, pollen and diseases, if you think you can sit out the problem on your patio.

Steve Clemons agrees the fils is a "triple must-see." I especially liked his comment how the pre-film silliness and preening was replaced by a really sober realization of how we really, really have to do something about this for the sake of the future.

There's enough guilt on parade here to start a new religion. Let's try blaming the actions of the Gods on man's behaviour. Could be a winnah, there.

After all is said and done,there is only one Solution:

Humans,stop breeding like Rats.
You breed like Rats,you will live(die)like Rats.

Wonderful review.

A young friend of mine said her parents saw the movie and were incredibly moved by it. She's very environmentally conscious for a 14-year old kid and is thrilled that her mother is now turning off the lights when she leaves a room (whereas before she left lots of lights on all the time because she 'liked how they looked'). The mother made the point that the movie is targeted to a literate, sophisticated, adult population but there are clearly lots of other people who need to get the message. (i.e. the NASCAR crowd)

The daughter asked me why no one is creating a book or film or TV program that is designed for kids and other people who need a simpler message. Seems to me like that would be a pretty good idea. I told her we might need to create it.

Does anyone know about anything else out there?

Anyone have a simple explanation for why tapping the wind, the water, and the sun for human energy needs, IN NEW WAYS, won't interfere with those modalities traditional role in regulating climate?

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