Ok, so Al Gore is back in the public eye with the release of “An Inconvenient Truth.” Here, he’s supposed to be playing the role of activist, and not politician. (ummmâ€¦..btw, although the film has been finished for a while, it’s release was delayed a bit to conveniently coincide with an important election yearâ€¦..) Itâ€™s also supposed to show the wise, funny, engaging side of Al Gore that no one has ever seen before, except for maybe God. Ok, with all that in mind, I canâ€™t say I personally mind a little extra hype to get people to use less energy and burn less fossil fuels, even if the fear factor has been raised extra high these days on the whole global warming issue. However, letâ€™s look to an interesting criticism of the film from the L.A. Weeklyâ€™s Another Green World.
One issue the blog post looks at is this: if Gore is so concerned about global warming, why didnâ€™t he fight to make big changes in our energy policy when he was Clintonâ€™s right hand man? The blog post is worth checking out for a critical look at the film, and it has a link to an interesting interview with Gore himself.
Now, another thing. Letâ€™s look at what some not so nice critics are saying about Gore and the film:
“You don’t go see Joseph Goebbels’ films to see the truth about Nazi Germany. You don’t go see Al Gore’s films to see the truth about global warming.”
–Sterling Burnett, DaySide, Fox News, May 23, 2006.
“Gore believed in global warming almost as much as Hitler believed there was something wrong with the Jews.”
—Bill Gray, as quoted in The Washington Post Magazine, May 28, 2006.
Uh, ummâ€¦.ok, well, soâ€¦.I’m sorry…yikes! Iâ€™m left speechless. Thatâ€™s it for todayâ€¦.