_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.
# 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.