Oscar time for Al Gore's movie

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:10 PM GMT on February 26, 2007

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If you haven't seen Al Gore's global warming movie, "An Inconvenient Truth", it's time you watched this important film. The movie took home the Oscar award for best documentary feature of 2006 at last night's Academy Awards, and also won an Oscar for best original song, singer Melissa Etheridge's "I Need to Wake Up." As I wrote in a movie review last year, Gore does a good job educating the non-scientist about the science of climate change and the dangers it poses. The only major flaw scientifically in the movie is the unwarranted connections he makes between climate change and severe weather events such as Hurricane Katrina and the record number of tornadoes in 2004. I gave his science a "B" overall. I thought the movie was a bit too long and was excessively political, but definitely worth seeing (2.5 stars out of four). It is difficult to make a scientifically accurate movie about climate change that will also be interesting enough to do well at the theaters; an "An Inconvenient Truth", while admittedly imperfect, does a respectable job educating us about climate change and the challenges and dangers it poses.

Should "An Inconvenient Truth" be shown in schools?
According to a recent blog posted at realclimate.org, "An Inconvenient Truth" has a become a required part of the science curriculum in some countries. One of the producers of the film, Laurie David, recently offered 50,000 free copies of the $19.99 DVD to National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA) for use in U.S. classrooms. The NSTA turned down the offer on the grounds that the NSTA has a 2001 policy against "product endorsement", and a fear that distributing the film would place "unnecessary risk upon the [NSTA] capital campaign, especially certain targeted supporters." Realclimate.org points out that one of these targeted supporters is oil giant ExxonMobil, and questions whether concern about losing funding from ExxonMobil influenced the decision not to take the free movies. I don't have a problem with the NSTA rejecting the free movies on the grounds that Al Gore's presentation is politicized. However, as pointed out in the realclimate.org post, NSTA does not offer much content on climate change in their list of recommended materials. One of the recommended books, "Global Warming: Understanding the Debate", has no business being on their recommended reading list. This book is written by Kenneth Green, a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). This fossil-fuel funded think tank recently offered $10,000 to scientists willing to criticize the recent landmark 2007 Summary of Policy Makers climate change report issued by the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). AEI offered to award the money to scientists who would "thoughtfully explore the limitations of climate model outputs", as explained in an article in the UK Guardian. Given the lack of quality climate change education material it offers to teachers, NSTA needs to seriously rethink their recommended offerings on this important subject. If they are going to continue to recommend a book written by the fossil fuel industry-funded American Enterprise Institute, they should recommend Al Gore's movie as well. The two best books for teaching about climate change are missing from the NSTA's recommendations: Robert Henson's excellent Rough Guide to Climate Change (high school level) and The North Pole Was Here (grades 6-9), by New York Times climate change writer Andrew Revkin.

I'll be back Wednesday with a look at the weather of January 2007--the warmest January on record, globally.

Jeff Masters

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209. pottery
8:58 AM AST on February 27, 2007
Also, in these crazy times, if Mr Gore did not live in a mansion, and fly a private jet, you think anyone would even mention his movie, far less discuss it. ? Most people NEED bling , which is seen as truth and power.The props are everything. If Mother Theresa had made that movie, there would have been a different response from different people.

Disregard the froth, look at the data and arrive at conclusions based on that.

Dissagreement is OK, but see stupidity for what it is.
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208. Patrap
7:05 AM CST on February 27, 2007
Its simple...but problamatic and cumlative over time.Cause and effect.
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207. ricderr
12:58 PM GMT on February 27, 2007
Ike......although i and pat might argue his conclusions...everything else he last posted i agree with 100 percent....time for a little study today that i was pondering last night..in the case of MMGW it appears to me..science has is parterning with the media, politicos and stars to spread the word...in my opinion..odd bedfellows..and one that might bite them in the butt in the not so distant long run
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206. pottery
8:52 AM AST on February 27, 2007
Well said again, Patrap.

In physics, and in evolution, every action has an equal and opposite re-action.
Thats why there are so many jackasses around.
They are apparently part of the overall plan, but I have not figured out their role as yet.
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205. IKE
6:56 AM CST on February 27, 2007
And no...I'm not saying he couldn't have done better as president then what's in there now. "W" is graded as a D- as prez.
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204. IKE
6:52 AM CST on February 27, 2007
In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.

So we should reduce, while his mansion continues to use more. That's hypocritical.
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202. Patrap
6:48 AM CST on February 27, 2007
The data is the Key..not the Man.But many focus on the Man..and never see the data.Whats one Mans energy consumption compared to any CEOs home in America?Politics clogs one judgement easily because its a Emotional tug on personal views.The DATA is pure,numerical science.Not Left right thinking.Thats just one-upmanship to another.Just like in Congress.....Pursue the Science in the GW debate.Stay out and ABOVE the fray of that din.Its way to loud from Both sides..Just my take on it.Nothing more.
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201. IKE
12:46 PM GMT on February 27, 2007
Nice going Albert....

"February 26, 2007

For Further Information, Contact:
Nicole Williams, (615) 383-6431
editor@tennesseepolicy.org

Al Gore’s Personal Energy Use Is His Own “Inconvenient Truth”
Gore’s home uses more than 20 times the national average

Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.

Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).

In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.

The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average.

Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359.

Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006."..........

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200. Patrap
12:27 PM GMT on February 27, 2007
I side with the DATA..and see the drastic abrupt changes, along with Satelitte and Other measureable parameters.But the data is overwhelming that the CO2 and other manmade fossil processed carbon burning ..is contributing to a very BAD spike in Global Effect.Its the cause and effect science that shows the Human Element ..slowly but cumulativley,influencing the very atmosphere...Stay away from the Politics in GW.Study the DATA..not the Political winds.They usually have agendas not based in science,..and usually not in the Overall public welfare.Here or Globally.
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198. Fshhead
8:40 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
Wow I am really leading in having the diragatory comments thrown my way here tonite!!!! Don't get why someone cant have a normal talk about a subject lol
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197. Fshhead
8:38 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
Cya Anvil
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196. GetReal
8:37 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
Ok, I can live with that clarificatiion.
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195. anvilhead
8:37 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
Goodnight guys.....I am going to bed.
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194. Fshhead
8:35 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
k relax relax this guy was really bugging us.... I dont want to get into it with someone else too lol Yes America is IT no doubt, just a little tarnished in the reputation dept right now thats all!!!
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193. anvilhead
8:35 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
TRIADOR IS GONE! YES!
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192. GetReal
8:33 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
Posted By: Fshhead at 8:26 AM GMT on February 27, 2007.

Tirador everytime I meet someone like yourself it reminds me of how this country came to be in the shape it is in lol

What do you mean by that last statement? I still believe that the U.S. is still the strongest economic & military power in the world today.
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191. anvilhead
8:31 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
ok have a nice rest of the night TS2
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190. anvilhead
8:29 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
i mean anvilhead2 not anvilhead...
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189. Thunderstorm2
8:29 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
I think we have got a better chance of Earth turning into Mars than we have tirador having a better attitude.

Well it's 3:30 am here so i'm going back to bed.
Nice chatting with you all.
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188. anvilhead
8:28 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
flagged multiple times now, ok lets go to my blog TS2 and FSHHEAD
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187. anvilhead
8:26 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
thanks Fshhead, I am off subject because of triador
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186. Fshhead
8:26 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
Tirador everytime I meet someone like yourself it reminds me of how this country came to be in the shape it is in lol
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185. anvilhead
8:25 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
......storms blowing up
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184. Thunderstorm2
8:25 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
Well Done Fshhead
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183. Fshhead
8:22 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
K to shut you up, there were many reasons why the warming has happened before, all natural BUT, now here present we have these temps correlating with massive concentrations of greenhouse gas buiding to levels not seen in what,like 650,000 years? Seems kind of suspect to me especially everything they predicted years ago IS happening before our eyes. Guess some of "us" have clouded vision!!!!
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182. Thunderstorm2
8:19 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
Lets flag him for that anvil
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181. Thunderstorm2
8:19 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
I don't want to answer your question cause i know little about GW. Just go Away now and don't come back untill you've learned some manners.
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179. anvilhead
8:18 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
ID Max Top VIL Chance of Severe Hail Chance of Hail Max Hail Size Speed Direction (from)
O4 64 dBZ 10,000 ft. 20 kg/m˛ 50% 50% 0.50 in. New Cell
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177. anvilhead
8:15 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
wow, Anvil
You're so sensitive.
I grew up in a time when we were able to stand
on our own. Not needing a group to back us up.
Self esteem is earned. Not given.
Sorry to break that reality for you.
Everyone got a trophy in your school just for showing up eh?



I have nothing to say to you triador
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176. Thunderstorm2
8:15 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
Ok your getting on my nerves now
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174. Fshhead
8:13 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
Dr. Jeff. What say you?
Isn't the University of Michigan the one that
has the university chancelor that promotes 12 year olds as ok for being sexualy active?

A lib U???

Snowboylicker

I expose you as a party hack.
One who hopes for favors from the party.

Go see your handlers. They will suggest another topic to discuss...
You are failing in your attempts to promote
global warming, or climate change, or what ever your group has decided it should be called today.
LOL

Fshhead,
sorry, I don't speak liberal starbucks.
I speak the truth. Maybe you should have spent more time learning English in gradeschool.
Oh, you are a youngster. And public school of late was a party. Where liberal teachers taught you how to put condoms on cucumbers and the rights of lesbians rather than the basics you need to succeed in life.
I'm glad you don't like my point of view.
Truth hurts. Its not the liberal crap that's been shoved down your throat is it.
Global Warming, or Climate Change, is not caused by humans.
sleep well.

case in point!!!!!!
Its the way its presented lol
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173. Thunderstorm2
8:13 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
wow, Anvil
You're so sensitive.
I grew up in a time when we were able to stand
on our own. Not needing a group to back us up.
Self esteem is earned. Not given.
Sorry to break that reality for you.
Everyone got a trophy in your school just for showing up eh?



Anvil being sensitive??? your the one that is sensitive. Talk about growing up i got brought up in one of the toughest little towns in Scotland, UK. So don't preach about your childhood, Please!!!
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171. Fshhead
8:09 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
Tirador so you dispute what the report found out??? You can't be serious?? That shows the person that you are (no offense)
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170. anvilhead
8:09 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
Posted By: Tirador2 at 12:02 AM PST on February 27, 2007.

t2 well, um trollinator loves to debate in a way where he thinks he rules over other people, he doesnt let us have a chance at our opinion and when we do comment he comes back with mean names
-=--

provide examples, of mean names?


Not you TS2
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168. Thunderstorm2
8:08 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
His 105 year old grandma


no doubt
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167. Thunderstorm2
8:07 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
If you were meaning me i amn't out the door yet infact i'm firmly in my house
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166. anvilhead
8:07 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
lol
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165. anvilhead
8:07 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
Posted By: Thunderstorm2 at 12:05 AM PST on February 27, 2007.

Global Warming, is not caused by humans.


Where did you here that


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164. anvilhead
8:06 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
provide examples, of mean names?

Snowboylicker????and anvilboy????, a friendly community here has been spoiled by trolls like you.
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162. Thunderstorm2
8:05 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
Global Warming, is not caused by humans.


Where did you here that
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161. anvilhead
8:04 AM GMT on February 27, 2007
I believe MichaelSTL awnsered this for you did he not? you are trying to draw attention to yourself, you dont run WU, you are a member of it, WU is a website designed for friendly conversation on topics in which are debated nicely, no name calling, and no thinking you rule the blog by putting people in there theorys down
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