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An Inconvenient Future

This week brings the premiere of 'An Inconvenient Truth', the ex-almost-former president Al Gore's documentary on the effects of global warming, the end of civilization as we know it, and how we're all up poop creek if we don't change our wicked, wasteful ways. It's a sobering look at our immediate future, with not a lot of hope for a sequel.

Gore Faces The Future

After losing the presidential election in 2000, Gore decided to set politics aside and do something productive with his life. The end result is a fascinating, horrifying, and galvanizing look at the effects of global warming on our cozy little planet. Here's a quote from the official website...

"Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced."

Not exactly the feel-good hit of the summer, but then sometimes it's a good idea to wake yourself up and smell the carbon dioxide emissions.

Up In Smoke

Gore will be touring the country with his new film, knowing that the media will do what they always do and put the focus on the politics of the film, and whether or not George W. will see it (he's already been quoted as saying he won't). Gore is smart enough to realize that there's no such thing as bad publicity, anyway. But what people need to realize is that this is not a political film. The press may spin it that way, but Gore has been very careful to make this peek into our bleak future to be as non-partisan as possible. The over-use of fossil fuels and the under-use of more efficient and safer modes of power (such as solar, wind, hybrid cars, and George W's favorite - switch grass) is not political. It's practical. Had this film been made by Steven Spielberg, we might not even have to consider the political ramifications or motivations. We'd also no doubt at some point be seeing Tom Cruise rappelling down a glacier.

But at it's smoky magma core, this is a film intended to educate and to irritate those who continue to believe that we can continue to burn up the planet's resources without consequence. All politics aside, the time has come to set our red-state-blue-state differences behind, and to truly rally together for a good cause.....our own survival.

Coming Soon To A Reactor Near You"

The film opens Wednesday, May 24th at selected cities. For more information, visit the official website, which also contains many interesting facts about global warming and what you and I can do to help (hint: lose the Hummer).

Here's the official trailer...

See it while there's still a theater near you.

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