Monday, January 8, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth

Every afternoon at 3:20 on the Jeff Brown and Carly show, I do a segment called "cynical cinema" where I review movies that I think people should see, and sometimes movies that suck. Friday I reviewed Al Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth, in which he attempts to warn the world about the dangers of global warming. I have never received so much email in my life from people who wanted to set me straight.

"Do your research!" "Stop fear-mongering!" "Global warming is a myth!"

I feel like Randall Moore after an especially controversial commentary. But this is why it's called An Inconveninet Truth. Because it's inconvenient to believe it's happening. It's far easier to believe that we're doing nothing wrong, we can keep on keeping on, and this is just some crazy left-wing scare tactic. That way we can keep driving our SUVs by ourselves as we head to work, start the SUV in the parking lot fifteen minutes before we get in, crank the heat in our house up to 24 before we leave so it's warm when we come back, and drive to the corner store rather than walk the two blocks. More convenient.

It strikes me that the scientists who attempt to de-bunk global warming are the same ones who are commissioned by Focus-On-The-Family-type groups to prove an alternative theory to evolution. Global warming, however, is not something like religion where you can choose to buy into it or not. I suppose, however, you CAN choose not to believe. However, even if that were the case, why not do the same things the rest of us should be doing? You know, energy efficient light bulbs. Driving less. Things like that.

When you look at it objectively, who cares whether you buy into it or not? Either way, doesn't it make sense to keep your tires inflated to use less gas? Or to use energy-effecient light bulbs to save some money in the long run? And what IF global warming is some big conspiracy of scientists? And we still try to stop it? What's the harm in that? Even if it is all a hoax, (and it isn't), there WILL be an energy crisis in the near future. We should all be trying to do something about it, and we should all be watching An Inconvenient Truth.

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