EUGENE, Ore. -- Recent Earth and Arbor Day events here in “green” Eugene featured lots of tree planting and screenings of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” that asserts “global warming” is real, and a clear and present danger.
Many Americans still think global warming is more of a political issue that former Vice President Al Gore argued in his 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” For instance, journalist Guy P. Harrison’s new book “50 Popular Beliefs that People Think Are True,” states on page 162 that a recent survey found “73 percent of Democrats believe greenhouse gas emissions cause global warming, but only 28 percent of Republicans believe it.” Harrison also said Republicans don’t “buy the global warming argument,” in part, because “Gore as the point man for global warming crippled the issue from the start due to his prominent status in American politics.” In turn, Harrison – who asserts on page 163 in his new book how global warming is much more than just a political issue – thinks “people should reply on science when assessing the validity of scientific issues, not politics.” Also, The New York Times reported how a new poll released April 25 “shows that a large majority of Americans believe that this year’s unusually warm winter, last year’s blistering summer and some other weather disasters were probably made worse by global warming. And by a 2-to-1 margin, the public says the weather has been getting worse, rather than better, in recent years.”
Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” claims
Al Gore’s Academy Award winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” ends with the former vice president arguing that if appropriate actions are not taken soon, the effects of global warming will increase due to the releasing of more CO2.
"Each one of us is a cause of global warming, but each one of us can make choices to change that with the things we buy, the electricity we use, the cars we drive; we can make choices to bring our individual carbon emissions to zero,” explained Gore at the end of the film. “The solutions are in our hands, we just have to have the determination to make it happen. We have everything that we need to reduce carbon emissions, everything but political will. But in America, the will to act is a renewable resource."
In turn, Gore’s updated DVD for “An Inconvenient Truth” – that’s become a popular Earth Day and Arbor Day teaching tool in many of America’s elementary, high school and college classrooms – notes how the former vice president became interested in global warming when he took a course at Harvard University with Professor Roger Revelle, one of the first scientists to measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Later, when Gore was in Congress, he initiated the first congressional hearing on the subject nearly 30 years ago in 1981.
GOP likes to shoot the global warming messenger: Al Gore
As vice president during the Clinton Administration, Gore pushed for the implementation of a “carbon tax” to encourage energy efficiency and diversify the choices of fuel better reflecting, he said, “the true environmental costs of energy use.”
Also, Gore supported funding of the ill-fated satellite called “Triana,” which would have provided an image of the Earth 24 hours a day via the Internet, and the satellite would have acted as a barometer measuring the process of global warming.”
In turn, Harrison writes on page 163 of his new book how “truth, reality and science would never be allowed to overshadow the view that Gore was a Democrat and therefore any agenda he pushed was seen by millions as Democratic and not Republican.”
Thus, Harrison notes: “Of course, the global and borderless challenge of global warming immediately morphed into a partisan shouting match based on political allegiance rather than science. It’s probably not fair to fault Gore for this. It’s unlikely that he could have foreseen his negative impact on this issue.
Earth is getting warmer: just go outside
Because Al Gore is such as turnoff for many Republicans, any talk of “our planet is getting warmer,” is now viewed as Gore’s pie in the sky. However, there’s a growing trend, now six years after Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” that a “warmer Earth” threatens the well-being of a large portion of the world’s population.
For instance, it was back in 1956, a New York Times headline read: “Warmer Climate on Earth May Be Due to More Carbon Dioxide in the Air.” Now, some 55 years later, a recent New York Times report states how nearly every scientist in the world subscribes to the view that the Earth’s climate is changing at an “accelerated rate.”
At the same time, The New York Times recent report about a detailed survey about today’s “weather extremes,” suggests that “direct experience of erratic weather may be convincing some people that the problem is no longer just a vague and distant threat.”
“Most people in the country are looking at everything that’s happened; it just seems to be one disaster after another after another. People are starting to connect the dots,” explained Anthony A. Leiserowitz of Yale University, one of the researchers who commissioned the new global warming poll as reported in the Times; while adding how the poll “opens a new window on public opinion about climate change.”
Earth’s climate is “shifting”
In turn, the Times reported noted how “a large majority of climate scientists say the climate is shifting in ways that could cause serious impacts, and they cite the human release of greenhouse gases as a principal cause. But a tiny, vocal minority of researchers’ contests that view, and has seemed in the last few years to be winning the battle of public opinion despite slim scientific evidence for their position.”
Also, the poll “suggests that a solid majority of the public feels that global warming is real, a result consistent with other polls that have asked the question in various ways. When invited to agree or disagree with the statement, global warming is affecting the weather in the United States, 69 percent of respondents in the new poll said they agreed, while 30 percent disagreed.”
For instance, when people were asked whether they attributed specific events to global warming, The New York Times report stated how “recent heat waves drew the largest majorities. Scientists say their statistical evidence for an increase of weather extremes is indeed strongest when it comes to heat waves.”
Asked whether they agreed or disagreed that global warming had contributed to the unusually warm winter just past, the Times poll reported pointed to “25 percent of the respondents said they strongly agreed that it had, and 47 percent said they somewhat agreed; while only 17 percent somewhat disagreed, and 11 percent strongly disagreed.”
United Nations worried about global warming
While recent Earth Day and Arbor Day events in Eugene and across the country highlighted the need for all Americans to “go green,” and do good things, such as recycling, composting and planting trees, one alarming “green” handout at a recent Earth Day event at the University of Oregon highlighted a United Nations concern about real horror happening to the Earth based on a “scientific consensus” about global warming dangers.
Also, famed Eugene environmental activist Blake said "the Occupy Movement will be including more global warming messages in forthcoming nationwide protests because it's that important." Also, Blake told Huliq during a recent interview that "the fat cats on Wall Street don't want you to worry about global warming so they can make more millions off the environment they're destroying."
According to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change for 2012, more than half of global warming is “directly attributable to human behavior.”
As former Vice President Al Gore pointed out in his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” the U.N. panel on climate change stated how the result right now in 2012 – due to worldwide global warming – is “Polar bears are drowning, malaria is spreading, more heat waves and droughts are occurring and hurricanes, tornados and Tsunami’s are more violent.”
Image source of a 2006 promotional poster for Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” that’s now become a nationwide education staple during Earth Day and Arbor Day education and awareness events. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Inconvenient_Truth
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