15 Facts About Gore and “An Inconvenient Truth”

_An Inconvenient Truth_ is a fantastic film. I saw it this past weekend and would encourage everyone to see it- take friends, families and especially that special skeptic you know. To quote “Roger Ebert”:http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060601/REVIEWS/60517002/1023

In 39 years, I have never written these words in a movie review, but here they are: You owe it to yourself to see this film. If you do not, and you have grandchildren, you should explain to them why you decided not to.

*Interesting Facts*
# It is based on a presentation Al Gore has been giving since 1989.
# Paramount Classics has committed 5% of their domestic theatrical gross for their film, _An Inconvenient Truth_, with a minimum guarantee of $500,000 to be donated to a new bipartisan climate effort, *Alliance for Climate Protection*.
# The presentation was switched from easels and charts to Apple’s Keynote and a Powerbook after Gore’s wife Tipper said, “Well, Mr. Information Superhighway, why don’t you put your slides on your computer?”.
# The film was produced and financed by eBay billionaire and philanthropist Jeff Skoll.
# Al Gore sits on the board of Apple.
# Jeff Skoll’s Participant Productions funds films with a social message _and_ commercial potential. Past hits: Syriana, North Country and Murderball.
# The director of _An Inconvenient Truth_, Davis Guggenheim, is married to Elizabeth Shue (_Back to the Future_ sequels, _Karate Kid_, _Adventures in Babysitting_, _City of Angels_).
# Gore’s 1992 book _Earth in the Balance_ became the first book written by a sitting US senator to make the New York Times bestseller list since John F. Kennedy’s _Profiles in Courage_.
# The film barely mentions the current president or the party in power.
# On Gore, Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf said _”…as the two people who designed the basic architecture and the core protocols that make the Internet work, we would like to acknowledge VP Gore’s contributions as a Congressman, Senator and as Vice President. No other elected official, to our knowledge, has made a greater contribution over a longer period of time.”_
# Michael Shermer, founder of the Skeptics Society and regular writer for Scientific American, recently “admitted in an article for Sci Am”:http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa006&articleID=000B557A-71ED-146C-ADB783414B7F0000&colID=13 that Al Gore’s presentation, among other things, turned him from a global warming skeptic in to someone who knows it is true.
# Gore, along with David Blood, run an investment company called Generation Investment Management that makes investments based on long-term economic, environmental, social and geopolitical challenges. The duo’s names together form “Blood and Gore”.
# Gore is also Chairman of “Current TV, a national youth television channel”:http://www.current.tv/ that has ties with Google.
# In response to the film’s publicity, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (which accepts donations from ExxonMobil, Amoco and other honorable oil companies) released two advertisements that “mischaracterize scientific research”:http://www.factcheck.org/article395.html – one of the ads claims that the glaciers of Greenland are actually thickening. Partially true, some parts of Greenland are thickening- but that’s like saying that one end of the Titanic went up as the other sank. Other parts of Greenland are clearly melting.
# This past week, Gore has claimed that “he has no presidential aspirations”:http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11442697 but only time will tell.


4 thoughts on “15 Facts About Gore and “An Inconvenient Truth”

  1. I’ve got to say, I’ve never in any way been interested or inclined to listen to, or consider any political or environmental controversy. Somehow “An Inconvenient Truth” made me interested in both. After seeing this movie I’ve done research, and now I ride my bike to school. Thanks.

  2. I do not recommend purchasing from the website owner of aspoke.com website on international orders. I’ve ordered 8 months ago – still waiting. Owner simply begins to ignore emails when you try to follow up. So much for being environmentally friendly when he is not even customer friendly.

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