Last night, I watched Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’.
I consider myself a fair minded person, so I cleared my head of all pre-conceived notions and sat down to watch.
At the end of the film, I was baffled.
Was this the film that had started a global movement to combat Global Warming?
Was this the film that has the world’s nations in a spin?
Was this the film that ultimately led to Al Gore getting a Nobel Prize?
What I saw was an ego trip for a failed president. We had long lingering shots of votes being recounted in Florida. We had bits about how he should have won the election.
Then we had loads of shots of Al Gore looking wise and pensive as he stared out an aircraft window, or contemplated a lake.
We had a lot of family history. We heard all about is father and the cattle they used to breed. We heard how his father stopped growing tobacco when his sister died of cancer.
In between, there was a lot of stuff about Global Warming, I’ll grant you, but it seemed incidental to the promotion of Gore as a wise and caring person with a terrible line in off the cuff jokes.
The science bit was so dumbed down that I cringed. Matt Groening cartoons showing greenhouse gasses fighting sunbeams, for God’s sake? The ‘science’ bits seemed to be selected so that Gore could demonstrate his incredible ‘wit’. There were so many holes in his arguments I could have driven the entire American Navy through them.
All his data seemed to come from ‘friends of his’. He was incredibly selective in his data too.
Most of the time, he showed us graphs showing climate trends since 1970 or 1960. What? An that basis I can argue that today is colder than yesterday, therefore by the end of next week, we’ll be into another ice age!
He was hot on the computer graphics too. He showed us Manhattan after the Greenland Icecap has melted, and of course focused on the site of the World Trade Centre. If you want to whip up American fervour, you must mention the World Trade Centre.
What I saw was a film glorifying Al Gore. What I didn’t see was anything to make me worry unduly about Global Warming.
I must have seen the wrong film.
If anyone has the right one, can they send it to me please?