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an inconvenient truth

Al Gore comes off like a decent and well-spoken man.

There he was on NPR being interviewed for his new documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” where he once again tries to instill a sense of urgency for the dangers of climate change in anyone who will listen.

During the interview, he was measured and articulate. A far cry from the current charlatan in the White House who Gore tried, to no avail, to dissuade from pulling out of the Paris Accord.

During the 2000 election people decided that they would vote for someone they would rather have a beer with than a passionate intellectual like Gore who was accused of being haughty and stuffy but he would have made an excellent president and, were he to have been elected, there likely would have been no Iraq war.

Another thing that caught my interest during the interview was his staunch belief in the separation of church and state. Here is a man who went to divinity school and has his own religious convictions and yet is not compelled to share them with everyone.

His college Oceanography professor in 1976 was Roger Revelle who was the first scientist to successfully measure and document rising CO2 levels in the oceans and who suggested that they could not absorb it fast enough thus helping to induce a greenhouse effect. This course sparked Al Gore’s interest in the subject and it has never waned since.

Let us hope for humanity that we listen to his message.


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  1. I heard that Fresh Air interview as well and was equally impressed. I must say that about 20 years ago he lost some respect from me when he seemed to take some credit for what he termed "the information superhighway." But my respect grew as he came out with his first Inconvenient Truth and I doubt it could be higher now. Thank goodness climate change is what he's dedicated himself to.

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  2. Speaking of climate change see this NYT article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/06/us/politics/under-trump-coal-mining-gets-new-life-on-us-lands.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

    We have to get that self-serving narcissistic 71-year-old child under parental control...

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