Directed by Davis Guggenheim, the film features
Gore as the “former next president of the United States.” Produced
by a number of influential people, this movie is bound to shock
and awe audiences.
For years Gore has traveled to colleges, universities, and other
institutions giving his now-famous power point presentations
on global warming. An Inconvenient Truth is the long version,
dramatically addressing the apparent causes and effects of global
warming as well as the problems associated with it, and the solutions.
The movie argues that global warming is caused by an excessive
amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Because today’s industrial output and transportation industries
rely on fossil fuel combustion, these gases have been produced
in quantities too large for our atmosphere and biosphere to dissipate
them, and in an almost geometrical way, they have become harmful
to the whole earth.
According to the film, the harmful effects can be seen through,
but aren’t limited to, the increasing number and intensity
of hurricanes, increasing temperatures, melting ice caps and
arctic tundra, and rising sea levels.
Living in Hawai‘i, with fewer cars than the mainland, fewer
industrial plants, and no ice caps, doesn’t mean that we
are unaffected. In fact, according to a national report released
by U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG), Hawai‘i’s
carbon emissions significantly increased between the years of
1960 and 2001: 179 percent in about 40 years.
The potential damage from such a significant increase includes
dying coral reefs, rising sea levels which contributes to disappearing
beaches, and rising temperatures, here and globally.
Jan TenBruggencate, science writer for The Honolulu Advertiser
commented: “One of the key chunks of ice is the Greenland
ice sheet, which is far enough south that it will be significantly
melted if the temperatures continue to climb. Various estimates
suggest water could rise from a couple of inches to 10 or so
in the next century. At peak high tide, that could possibly put
Waikiki’s streets under water.”
Ku‘ulei Funn, an HPU senior majoring in Communication,
commented, after seeing the movie that “Rising sea levels
is scary. Most of Honolulu is sea level.”
If the increasing trend in greenhouse gas pollution is not stopped,
or at least slowed down, the effects, both globally and in Hawai‘i
could be devastating.
President Bush reacted to Gore’s environmental stands.
According to The New Yorker Magazine, in 1992 George H.W. Bush
commented about Gore: “This guy is so far out in the
environmental extreme, we’ll be up to our necks in owls
and outta work for every American.”
More recently President George W. Bush commented that Gore “likes
electric cars. He just doesn’t like making electricity.”
Even though some are skeptical about Gore’s arguments,
perhaps it is a misunderstanding. For example, according The
New Yorker, President George W. Bush demanded that Gore explain
what he meant about some of the material in his 1992 book,
Earth in the Balance. Then Bush admitted he had never read