An inconvenient review of Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel”

An Inconvenient Sequel to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth premiered Thursday night at Sundance.

I joined the crowd at the film festival’s Eccles theater where my reaction ranged from bored, to emotional, to appalled that I let this film manipulate my emotions even for a moment.

The film is not aimed at thinking people. If there’s a legitimate case to be made for global warming, this is not it. It doesn’t even try. Instead Gore abandons science in favor of tired global warming talking points that have long been debunked. It’s shameless.

It’s also all about Gore, whom the film portrays as someone anyone can walk up to and chat with in depth. He tries to come off as an average person with a heroic passion. Sadly for Gore, whenever his climate advocacy gets momentum he hits barriers: A satellite he didn’t get to launch, the Bush administration, the terrorist attacks at Paris’s Bataclan, India abandoning renewables for coal, and now Trump. If you’re not careful you actually feel sorry for him.

The film did a good job of taking the famously stiff Gore and (when he’s not showing PowerPoint slides) presenting him as likable, funny and tireless. Not, however, humble. Gore is the hero of his own film, which works hard to chalk up any gains the warming campaign has made to Gore himself. We see Gore after the UN adopted its Paris climate agreement walking down a hall alone in a way that implies that he has just accomplished the great feat of his life. He loosens his tie as if to say, “I did it and now I’m going home.”

In scenes where Gore’s eyes start to water, you could hear and see sniffling and tears in the audience. A man of at least 6 foot 3 sitting in front of me began to cry while his lady partner rubbed his back.  Of course (excepting me and few others) this was an audience of true believers. It remains to be seen whether this film can gain a mainstream audience and whether they will be similarly affected.

In scenes where Gore whips outs his iPhone and starts talking to various people in an attempt to coax India away from from coal, you can clearly see that his phone’s screen is black.   I’ve had an iPhone for six years and my phone’s face is never black unless it’s off. Those scenes appeared fudged and poked a few little holes for me in their credibility.

In a scene at Gore Farms, where Gore looks at photos in a house built by his parents, I was surprised that the “farm” is decorated with white carpets, white furniture and white bedspreads. None of my friends’ working farms would go all-in for white.

These are nothing, however, to the whoppers the film tells about the climate.

The film shamelessly exploits examples of extreme natural weather (as climate campaigners are wont to do) and the human suffering that comes with them. When the science doesn’t support the warming campaign’s argument they scare, scare, scare. “Every night on the news,” Gore tells us, “is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelations.”

In a scene Gore is so proud of that he released it on the internet, he somberly opines that, “ten years ago when the movie An Inconvenient Truth came out, the single most criticized scene in that movie was an animated scene showing that the combination of sea level rise and storm surge would put the ocean water into the 911 memorial site which was then under construction. And people said, ‘that’s ridiculous, what a terrible exaggeration.'” They then cut to scenes of water from Hurricane Sandy inundating the subway station near the memorial.  Next we see New York Governor Andrew Cuomo loudly attributing this to “climate change” and proclaiming that this makes the warming argument “undeniable.”

Gore shows us crosses in the Philippines marking the graves of those who succumbed to Typhoon Haiyan. He shows us melting ice in Greenland and asks his audience where all the water went; Miami of course, as he predicted in his first film. If Gore has an explanation for how the water made it from Greenland to Miami while bypassing the rest of the Eastern Seaboard, he doesn’t share it. Nor does he tell the audience that Antarctica, Earth’s serious ice chest, has inconveniently failed to melt with southern ice hitting record highs.

Gore blames fires, droughts, tornadoes, etc. on “climate change,” but for much of the film remains fixated on floods, the solution to which he tells us, is converting to one hundred percent renewable energy. The fact that sea level is only rising a tiny one to three millimeters per year, as it has since before the industrial revolution, is not the sort of thing Gore feels a need to share with his audience. Nor will you come away from the film informed that climate computer models have been predicting warming that hasn’t occurred since their creation.

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    Steve Bannon

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    Nice “attack the messenger” biased review (as in utterly useless). Any American that still doubts climate change is truly stupid. You’ve done your best (again) to try and plant doubt, but have failed. Your facts are wrong. Sea levels have already risen 8 inches. Lots more coming our way too as the Greenland and Antarctica melt. Projections expect 20 feet or more (in your lifetime if you are under 35). This is a website for idiots who deny science. But what is truly alarming, is you’re proud of your ignorance and denial, which is what makes you evil. I’d like to live on a habitable planet. Here’s a pre-Gore film you can watch to gain some real facts about what is occurring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GScqoBz9Mhc

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      JayPee

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      Since you despise this website so much, why are you here commenting ?

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      Squidly

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      “Sea levels have already risen 8 inches.”
      Since when? .. data shows less than 150mm since 1880, long before the “industrial revolution”. Be more specific. Sea levels have increased more the 300 meters since the last glaciation. So, what’s your point? .. Furthermore, WHERE have sea levels risen 8 inches? .. and was it because of subsidence? .. other factors. For example, in San Diego, sea level has risen about 12mm since 1880 .. that is a FAR CRY from 8 inches!

      “…as the Greenland and Antarctica melt.”
      You are in FACT boldly wrong! .. Antarctica has been gaining ice for 3 decades now and currently has record ice extent. Temperatures in most of Antarctica have been steadily declining for the past 2 decades. As for Greenland, you could be more wrong if you tried. Greenland has been gaining snow and ice at a record pace, especially this year, shattering all prior records. And although we have been told consistently for 3 decades, the Arctic is no closer to being ice-free than it was 3 decades ago.

      “Projections expect 20 feet or more (in your lifetime if you are under 35). ”
      Who’s projections? .. There isn’t a single credible source in the world that projects ANYWHERE near those levels. I think you are mistaking that for 20mm (that’s MILLIMETERS, not FEET!). Even the most pessimistic projections are not even remotely close to 20 feet even for the next 100 years!!!

      You sir are a freaking IDIOT! .. You obviously know absolutely NOTHING about our planet, let alone our climate. I strongly suggest you refrain from commenting at such place as this until such time you can become educated on the subject. You are spreading outright LIES, and I suspect you know very well that you are doing so. … so, piss off!

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        Squidly

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        This is the exact opposite of what the world’s top climate alarmist showed 25 years ago. In 1982 NASA’s James Hansen showed sea level going flat after the year 1950. But even with this, it is NOWHERE NEAR the sea level rise that Steve Bannon is claiming .. NOT EVEN CLOSE!

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      Simon Ruszczak

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      Haven’t you heard, Gore’s warmist nonsense is finished in the U.S.A., Trump won !

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    Mjw

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    Antarctic weather

    Poor visibility during a blizzard
    Poor visibility during a blizzard (Photo: Paul K)
    Husky in a blizzard (Mawson Station, 1990-91)Casey expeditioner in blowing snow Setting up camp at Tilley NunatakParhelia (halo of light) at Casey
    Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and driest continent on Earth.

    The average annual temperature ranges from about ‚àí10¬∞C on the Antarctic coast to ‚àí60¬∞C at the highest parts of the interior. Near the coast the temperature can exceed +10¬∞C at times in summer and fall to below ‚àí40¬∞C in winter. Over the elevated inland, it can rise to about ‚àí30¬∞C in summer but fall below ‚àí80¬∞C in winter. The lowest temperature yet recorded on the Earth’s surface was ‚àí89.2¬∞C at Vostok station on 21 July 1983.

    That Steve, was from the BOM, one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Global Warming.

    How does ice melt at those temperatures. Get a block of ice, put it in your living room and see how long it takes to melt, extrapolate that into the 6,400,000 cubic miles of ice in the Antarctic and allow for the summer being 6-8 weeks long.

    By your figures oceans will rise at the rate of 6″ year, time for you to go back on your medication.

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    amirlach

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    “Nice ‚Äúattack the messenger‚Äù biased review (as in utterly useless). ”
    Sorry Steve, but anyone looking for “Facts” will not find any watching anything made by Al Gore. As for Prof Alden Griffith, please provide a link to his skillful climate model predictions. Simply put every single one of the IPCC’s Models have been invalidated by observations and are “utterly useless”. There are ample new Peer Reviewed Paper that show the Sun is responsible for observations. http://notrickszone.com/2017/01/12/scientists-find-climates-cause-of-causes-highest-solar-activity-in-4000-years-just-ended-cooling-begins-in-2025/#sthash.dlkzXqYB.YN2dbbLX.dpbs
    Another Thousand Recent Peer Reviewed Papers. http://notrickszone.com/2017/01/03/1000-skeptical-peer-reviewed-climate-papers-should-put-un-ipcc-to-shame-says-harvard-astrophysicist/#sthash.svAHFmCc.BI21se5v.dpbs

    8 inches of sea level rise? Since when? Lots more coming? Maybe you never got the memo… Warming stopped about 20 years ago… https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/fort-lauderdale-sea-level-identical-to-55-years-ago/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGkHMk_-pU8&feature=youtu.be

    “Rising oceans created new ports for Greek and Roman naval and trade vessels. But today many of those structures and ruins are inland, out in the open, making them popular tourist destinations. How did that happen? The Little Ice Age once again turned substantial ocean water into ice, lowering sea levels, and leaving former ports stranded. Not enough ice has melted since 1850 to make them harbors again.”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/12/02/history-falsifies-climate-alarmist-sea-level-claims/

    As for “Climate Change”, no one denies climate changes. What is rightly questioned is man made Co2’s effect on climate.
    The AGW “theory” is entirely dependent on an imagined positive Co2/ Water Vapor Feedback. Trouble is, when this hypothesis was tested by comparing it to reality. It has failed. NASA Satellite Data has invalidated the positive feedback hypothesis.
    “An analysis of NASA satellite data shows that water vapor, the most important greenhouse gas, has declined in the upper atmosphere causing a cooling effect that is 16 times greater than the warming effect from man-made greenhouse gas emissions during the period 1990 to 2001.” https://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/03/06/nasa-satellite-data-shows-a-decline-in-water-vapor/

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    Sonnyhill

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    Who here is denying science? Carbon dioxide absorbs energy from infrared light, then shares that heat with oxygen and nitrogen. I’m angry with the political agenda of the Left that tries to turn a simple fact into another socialist revenue stream. No one needs a PhD to recognize a con job, just an open mind and wisdom.

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    Squidly

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    California ski resort snowfall now 305 percent of Jan average – And climbing
    https://www.iceagenow.info/california-ski-resort-snowfall-now-305-percent-jan-average-climbing/

    Sahara Desert – Biggest snowfall in living memory
    https://www.iceagenow.info/sahara-desert-biggest-snowfall-living-memory/

    Ice on Danube River 13-ft thick – Emergency situation in 6 Serbian municipalities
    https://www.iceagenow.info/ice-danube-river-13-ft-thick-emergency-situation-6-serbian-municipalities/

    California ski resort breaks snow record for ANY month
    https://www.iceagenow.info/california-ski-resort-breaks-snow-record-month/

    First snowfall in more than 90 years in Spanish town
    https://www.iceagenow.info/first-snowfall-90-years-spanish-town/

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    Squidly

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    Temperatures were warmer than today for most of the past 10,000 years

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    Mjw

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    I must admit that there is a lot of melting ice in the Antarctic, just next to those volcano’s.

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