Celebrating An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore (and Bender)

by alphamonkey on February 28, 2007 · 7 comments

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In honor of Al Gore and An Inconvenient Truth kicking some serious ass at the Oscars, I thought we’d take a little stroll down memory lane, starting with this clip of the former VP and Bender discussing the issue of Global Warming (originally posted by teh monkey).

Not enough Gore for ya’?  Well check out these fun links too!  Alphamonkey’s original film review (which led to some heated debate).  You can also peruse the RazorFine archive and take a gander at my film review, and my look at the companion book to the film.  And if you need more Futurama fun you can check out this great Global Warming PSA, None Like It Hot.

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  • manumis

    The Gores used about 191,000 kilowatt-hours in 2006, according to bills reviewed by The Associated Press spanning the period from Feb. 3, 2006, to Jan. 5. That is far more than the typical Nashville household, which uses about 15,600 kilowatt-hours per year.

    I’m not sayin’ I’m just sayin’

  • http://www.myspace.com/dragonlews elkciN

    You should watch the news. And by news I mean the Daily Show. I’m pretty sure they mentioned this last night, and, if memory serves, mentioned that the company that did this ‘research’ (not the AP, they reported it) has heavy ties to the right.

    I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    My word.  I can’t believe this shit actually gets reported as news.

    First off, the Gore home is a working farm.  Second, it’s 10,000 sq ft home. Of COURSE it’s going to use more than the national average. However, did you know that the house uses green power through Green Power Switch? With solar panels, and using compact fluorescent bulbs and other energy saving technology?  What isn’t being discussed is that, based on teh size of the Gore home, he’s using much, much less kwh than the average home.

    Also the “average usage” figure of 10,656 kilowatt hours figure comes from data published by the Department of Energy. But it’s an average of all households nationwide (including apartment units and mobile homes) and across all climate regions. As it turns out, the region in which Gore lives–the East South Central–has the highest per household energy usage of any climate region in the country, a good 50% higher than the national average quoted in the press release.  Colder winters and muggy summers probably have something to do with that.

    But wait! There’s more! Gore purchases carbon credits to offset his families carbon footprint. Do you?

    Jesus, people.  Gore isn’t claiming that he’s reduced his own household emissions to zero, but he is practicing what he preaches.  And yes, the fact that this ‘report’ was initiated by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, which is run by Drew Johnson, a protege of James Dale Davidson, who was one of tech big guys behind the Arkansas Project (a group pretty fucking dedicated to taking down Clinton.), is pretty fucking suspicious, I’d say.

    I’m so sick of a guy who is genuinely trying to help this planet getting shit on by people who don’t want their bottom line impacted.

  • manumis

    So a report by a group with ties to the left would have been fairer?  My only thought watching the Oscars was there’s so much hot air in that area right now the Ozone Layer must be crippled.  Someone get me a satellite shot over Hollywood on Sunday night wink

    Do as I say, not as I do.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dragonlews elkciN

    I’m not saying that, I’m saying that the research firm, or whatever it was, took great lengths to portray themselves as unbiased. Someone had to dig deep to figure out they weren’t. In my experience, you don’t need to lie if you’re telling the truth. It’s not that I’m a huge Gore fanboy or anything, it just seems fishy. Anyways, wouldn’t a mansion, by nature, require more energy than ‘the average home’?

    Stinks of the ‘penguin army’ thing Exxon put out a while ago. He’s not even running for anything, for shit’s sake. Hypocrite or not, I think he has a good message to get across, it’s a shame that politics need to be involved.

    Besides, I always figured the issue at hand wasn’t the amount of energy consumed (well, somewhat, yes) but rather how said energy is obtained.

  • http://www.myspace.com/yourgoodtwin Your Good Twin

    Well, I saw An Inconvenient Truth a couple months ago finally when it hit DVD.  I wasn’t able to comment on the SUPER THREAD from June because I hadn’t seen it and didn’t want to wade in.

    I think it says a lot of important things, though nothing more than anyone with a half-knowledge of some Discovery channel doesn’t already know.

    My only other issue with the film was their strange need to fill in the speech with personal stories from Al Gore that had nothing to do with global warming.  It just felt very “Check out how good Gore is (vote for him in 2008)”, although I guess that’s not going to happen now.

  • http://360.yahoo.com/razorfine_review Thundarr (Alan Rapp)

    Many people tried to dismiss the film as Gore’s launch back into the Presidental race.  Maybe now that he can’t get slimed with that, more will look at his real motives for the film – which is the culmination of his life’s work, which he is still crusading.

    At first I too thought the inter-cut of Gore’s life experiences was a little strange, but I quickly realized two points.  One, the film was about Al Gore, he who has championed this issue for decades, and it needed to explain why the issue was so important to him.  And two, the personal experiences helped explain his motives for making the film the moral, not political, motives which continue to drive him.

    On a side note I’ll add this – The KC area was just hit with one of the shortest and most powerful thunderstorms in almost 70 years (the closest compartive was back in the 1930’s in April, the high rain season, not at the end of Feb).  The points Gore makes about drought and flooding rang in my ears tonight, and sent a chill up my spine.

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