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Monday, June 19, 2006

You. Al Gore. Popcorn. Tonight.

Posted by on June 19 at 10:43 AM

Annie Wagner suggests:

‘An Inconvenient Truth’
It’s workmanlike and clumsy at times, but Al Gore’s movie about global warming is also hugely invigorating. It should be required viewing for every American citizen. Go, now: Buy your tickets, eat your popcorn, and for god’s sake, walk or bike or take the goddamn bus home. (In wide release; see Movie Times for details.)

It plays downtown, at Pacific Place, at 11:40 am, 12:20, 2, 2:50, 4:15, 5:15, 6:45, 7:45, 9:05, and 10:05. Additional reading: Wagner’s review of the movie is here and her interview with Al Gore is here. The Onion’s news item on it is here.

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What's funny is seeing the same people who blab on endlessly in line about how important this film is... coming to and going from the theatres in an automobile. Talk about missing the point completely.

Gomez, Sadly not all areas have good public/ mass transportation and not able to go most places WITHOUT a car. Southern California is one example. We do have trains and buses, but the network is not even close to addressing the real mass transit needs of the citizens. Sadly the public policy in the US has mostly been buying the automobile and oil companies agenda. I try every new job to find a way to get to work on mass transit. But 3 hrs one way each day on the train is not acceptable to me as an transportation alternative. REAL change must come from POLICY change and ONLY a massive citizen outcry demanding that our elected officals pursue a GREEN EARTH friendly agenda will make real change.

Jeannine, I live in the U District in Seattle, my observations were in this neighborhood and Wallingford, and I'm pretty sure the people in that and surrounding areas don't have the transport problems you mentioned.

Gomez, your post actually gives me hope. Those people drove their cars to the movie, so of course they have to drive them home even if they have experienced a life altering revelation. This lessens my fear that only the "choir" is going to this movie. I have wondered how many minds it is really changing that weren't already fairly pro-green in the first place. I just cannot imagine "Sumner Bob" in his huge SUV gettin the family together to go see that Al Gore flick bout global warmin. I guess i fugured FOX News will tell them its a bunch of bunk and that will be all they need to hear.

Since this post is about going to see the movie, I'd like to point out that people don't even need to pay for it.

A site called Share The Truth ( is paying tickets for anyone who wants to attend An Inconvenient Truth. Inspired folks can also donate to help get others to the theater.

Also, regarding Gomez's point: I've heard that Al Gore, like An Inconvenient Truth, are carbon-neutral because credits have been purchased to offset their emissions. It's not ideal, but Gore's gotta travel somehow, and one could argue that the information he spreads is worth the cost of a few people's emissions. Arguing that people are hypocrites for burning fossil fuels while promoting the movie becomes somewhat shaky if we recognize that in this day and age, we ALL burn fossil fuels, and it's more about how we use the energy we use effectively, not about the fact that we have to use it.

Gomez is right.

Anyone who aspires to do the right thing is a disgusting hypocrite. If you aren't perfect, then you have no business on the higher ground. I'd much rather people act like greedy, short-sighted swine then have to contemplate the occassional inconsistency between someone's ideas and their behavior.

Gomez and "Ann Coulter" miss the point. It's not a situation of absolutes, of all or nothing...That's why we're in this predicament. The solution is to
1. Bring awareness to people to do as much as you can whenever you can.
2. Change our preceptions as Americans that we we live in a society of unnessary excesses and
3. To change our political priorities and to get traction with our representatives to help bring about real policy changes. To effect our energy use and conservation, to work on alternative fuels and corporate incentives to help make it easier to change our lifestyles to accelerate both the awareness and the reduction of excesses.
That's not hypocracy, that's a start and an attitude.
To say if we don't live like a primitive, we don't have the right to talk about it is defeatist and short-sighted. That sounds like someone who is afraid to change.

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