An Inconvenient Truth 2, climate change film review

This 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

An Inconvenient Truth 2 – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power | official trailer (2017) Al Gore

Climate Changes, Truth Does Not

A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Directed by Jon Shenk & Bonni Cohen

As this trailer says, a main criticism by climate denialists of the earlier film by former United States Vice President Al Gore was its prediction that the New York City site of the World Trade Center, ruined by the 9/11 attacks, might be flooded. That was supposedly exaggeration and demagogy. However, a few years later, during Hurricane Sandy, it did in fact happen.

This video from the USA says about itself:

“An Inconvenient Sequel”: Al Gore on New Film, Trump, Climate Change & His Opposition to DAPL

24 January 2017

More than a decade after the release of the groundbreaking film “An Inconvenient Truth”, former Vice President Al Gore is back with a new film about the climate crisis, “An Inconvenient Sequel”. On Sunday, Gore was part of a panel moderated by Amy Goodman at the Sundance Film Festival.

On 25 November 2017 I went to see that film.

Gore remarks in it is that it looks like that before the damage to the environment can be overcome, the damage to democracy must be overcome. That reminded me of what Gore has said in 2006 about the causes of the war on Iraq.

Al Gore said the Bush administration was in denial on the inconvenient truth of global warming; including silencing scientists on this subject.

He drew a parallel with their attitude on the start of the Iraq war, with their denial of the inconvenient truth that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; the official cause for war.

Gore said at least three factors really influenced the decision to invade Iraq: Dick Cheney‘s wish to control Middle East oil for big corporations; the idea of Karl Rove [see also here], Bush’s adviser, that it would electorally be good for Bush to be a ‘war president’; and ideologists really believing in their ideologies, like Iraqi masses supposedly welcoming US soldiers with flowers, as their invasion was a ‘cakewalk.’

One may criticize Gore in this for not doing enough to stop the damage to democracy caused by George W Bush’s stolen victory in the 2000 presidential election, aided and abetted by George W’s little brother and then governor of Florida, Jeb.

Sustainable energy is an important theme in An Inconvenient Sequel. Sometimes Gore discovers it at unexpected places. Eg, in Georgetown, Texas. There, a Republican mayor, Dale Ross, has managed to make the municipal energy company 100% sustainable energy.

Very recently, Ross turned up at a meeting on climate change.

This 3 December 2018 video says about itself:

Republican Mayor Joins Bernie Sanders On Climate Change

Dale Ross joined Bernie Sanders’ town hall on climate change to discuss how we can come together and achieve success on the matter. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and Francesca Fiorentini, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

NEW ORLEANS — National flood maps are underestimating the risk for tens of millions of people in the United States. That’s the conclusion of researchers presenting a new study December 11 at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates that about 13 million people live in a “1-in-100-year” floodplain zone, a region that has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any given year. But the agency’s risk assessment largely focuses on larger streams and rivers, and lacks assessments of risk along smaller tributaries. FEMA’s calculations “miss a lot of the risk,” says Oliver Wing, a geographer at the University of Bristol in England: here.

Donald Trump to drop climate change from list of national security threats. New National Security Strategy set to exclude global warming, which had been added by Obama administration: here.

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