The wife and I went to the Al Gore-global warming movie “An Inconvenient Truth” yesterday.
Even before the previews rolled, the first amazing fact was that the 4:15 show was sold out. (Actually, my esteemed colleague film critic Colin Covert told me this fact was “interesting but not amazing.” He already knew the film was doing well in its niche. Esteemed Covert said he understood it to have moved into fourth place on the all-time box office list for documentaries. And the number of people it takes to fill up one of the small rooms at the Lagoon Theater is too low to be amazing. This, you see, is the problem with doing additional reporting. Your “amazing” stuff gets downgraded to the merely “interesting,” which if I understand Minnesota-speak is actually polite code for “not really that interesting.” Note to self: Close this parenthetical before you get arrested.)
Anyway, it’s pretty hard to watch that film and not feel that you need to urgently change your own carbon-using habits and to demand concentrated action by our government to address global warming, for our kids’ sake.
Of course, there’s also the question of whether anyone who doesn’t already sort of feel that way would subject themselves to a two-hour power point presentation making them feel more that way.
It’s another way into the red-blue polarization issue. Do Democrats and Republicans also live in parallel realities in which not only the opinions are different, but the facts are also different. If pollsters ask about whether Saddam had weapons or Al Qaeda connections, we expect a partisan breakdown, even though the questions are purportedly questions of fact, not opinion.
But global warming takes us deeper into the scientific realm, where the facticity of the facts (p.s. I am not making that word up) seems even higher.
Said that global warming is happening and human activity is the major cause: