Al Gore’s climate movie sequel ignores political reality

A lot has shifted in climate change issues over the last 11 years, but you might not be able to tell by watching former vice president Al Gore’s sequel to his 2006 Academy Award-winning “Inconvenient Truth.”

  • As one attendee told me after the film’s Wednesday night premiere in D.C.: “The film was an unusual combination of electoral self-deprecation and climate narcissism.”

  • Despite its name (“Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power), it’s the film that actually ignores the inconvenient reality climate change advocates are now facing with the Trump administration. Instead, we saw mostly more of what we saw in the first film, which is to say: Gore himself and the impacts of climate change (albeit marginally worse).
  • Why it matters: The film, and its Washington premiere, showed how much of the climate movement is out of touch with political reality right now — Republicans control Congress and the White House is run by a president who doesn’t acknowledge climate change is real, let alone a problem worthy of addressing.
Indeed, the film had a few jokes about how Gore didn’t win the presidential election in 2000 and whether he plans to run again for the highest office. (“I’m a recovering politician,” Gore says in the film, indicating but not expressly saying no.) Before the film, someone in the audience shouted he should run for president in 2020, Gore replied: “I’ll answer that in the movie.”

One level deeper: Reports surfaced last month that Gore was changing the ending to accommodate Trump’s Paris withdrawal, but it was clearly tagged on at the end of a film focused elsewhere, a complaint some attendees made afterward. That’s the risk you run with making films whose endings are dictated by real life. It was only in the end credits that the words flashed on the screen that Trump withdrew from the Paris deal, prompting hisses from the audience.

The mood: Cheerful, if not defiant of the political realities. The who’s who of progressive climate politics were there, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Just a big time example of Al Gores ego and him being a radical envomentalists and the big chip on his shoulder(The block wood on his neck)and his hypocricy as well

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    Amber

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    Could an academy award for comedy be in store ?
    This is the equivalent to a kid in grade 6 announcing they have discovered the cure for cancer . It’s in the jello .

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    G

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    Is that another Nobel Peace Prize I smell? Another Academy Award?

    One fraud begets another.

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    G

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    Just look at the dude… Can you tell the difference from Al and any number of phony, money-grubbing televangelists?

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    Amber

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    As bad as the exaggerated global warming con game is it is a toddler compared to the USA health insurance which is protected from anti -trust . While consumers are getting absolutely screwed
    and premiums going through the roof executives are paid 10’s of millions per year . In 2016 Aetna found it had enough left over to pay Mark Bertolini over $ 41,000,000 .
    17% of GDP going to health care is F ing insane .
    The USA needs to get over itself and the scary boogie man about
    single payer health care before the corrupt health care system turns into a full blown black hole .
    Al Gores little gig, the earth has a fever , is just peanuts in comparison .
    Does the USA really need to crash and burn before someone starts minding the store . Apparently so .
    Over$40 million paid to the top executive ofAetna . What the F is that ?

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