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August 10, 2007


Ritwik Dey

First of all, I'm surprised that nobody has commented on this post.

I finally watched An Inconvenient Truth last night. I've been following Al Gore's campaigns over the past year and so, was shocked to read about the discrepancy in the data that was used for the documentary. I wonder what Gore's response was when he found out about this.

From what I understand (and correct me if I'm wrong) the correct data ambiguates the relationship between CO2 emissions and Global Warming. Steve McIntyre also says that the exact nature of the relationship has not been proved but he does acknowledge its existence. Fine. But does that really take away from the core message that Gore is trying to convey? In addition to just this data from NASA, Gore also cites global phenomena that are attributed to climate change and human impact. The idea that 'human interests are at collision with the planet' still holds true. He creates awareness and calls upon people to act, to reduce impact and work towards to sustainability. How is that bad? Is he trying to make money off of this venture of his? Maybe. And so what?! If you can get rich by encouraging sustainable development, what better way to make money?

IF it is proved beyond a doubt that CO2 emissions have nothing to do with Global Warming or that Global Warming is an erroneous conclusion to a more complex problem, I would expect that the masses be made aware of the actual problem at hand. Feeding off false fears is immoral. However, the fundamental message of reduce, reuse and recycle still holds. And THAT is not something people should be allowed to forget.

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