Unintended consequences of an inconvenient truth

Like most people I like to feel smug and point fingers and illustrate how others have not lived up to the ideals I have arbitrarily set for them. This is a important psychological coping mechanism and I feel I do it better than most. (I am weirdly competitive that way)

Because I like to believe (in my black little) heart that I am a contrarian I obviously  prefer to rage on about those individuals that may have escaped the main stream wrath. Dastardly individuals like Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama… Captain Malcolm Reynolds. Just kidding, I could never say anything bad about Mal. *swoon*

I am not a climate change denialist. (which I know sounds like an odd segue but bare with me). I love nature. Except when its crawling on me. Or surprises me. Or tries to eat me. Or makes me sick…

Trees. I like trees.

You know who doesn’t like trees…  or nature… or the planet. Al Gore.

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Wait… what?

Which was worse for the planet… the Exxon Valdez… or an inconvenient truth? Your gut… and my gut (when not writhing in pangs of hunger) might emotively pick the Exxon Valdez. Maybe I should go with something more current, like Fukushima or Deepwater Horizon. You’re thinking, this is pretty clear cut Joey… but really you should likely pause for a moment and hover your mouse pointer over that planet-killer Al Gore for a just a second.

In all honesty this has nothing about what Al Gore believes. I mean we probably broadly believe the same things and I thought his movie was okay-ish (I am very difficult to please when it comes to all things cinematography). Its more about who Al Gore was… or is… since… I suppose, since he is not yet deceased. Is he? Maybe should actually double check that quick.

IN ANY EVENT. The problem was his entrenched democratic… eh… ness. And that really, this was movie was more about preaching to the converted than changing the minds of those that were on the fence. Al turned climate change into a partisan issue. I suppose you could argue it was already a partisan issue… but for me, Al Gore stamping his name all over climate change was a marketing/branding disaster for the planet. All of a sudden, there was serious opposition to the concept of environmentalism… because well… if you lean right (sigh) everything someone who leans left is into must be opposed. And vice versa.

Al Gore was like the champion you didn’t really want, but were too polite to refuse.

Adding insult to injury Al Gore won a Nobel peace prize in 2007 for this movie. Edging out the 96 year old Irene Sendler who had saved more than 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto in World War Two by smuggling them out.. often carrying them out in a sack.

… personally I’d be too embarrassed to accept a Nobel prize over someone like that. But you know… politicians.

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