An Inconvenient Truth

posted by Kaihsu Tai on August 18th, 2006

I went to the Oxford preview of An Inconvenient Truth organized by the Climate Outreach and Information Network yesterday. If you have not seen it, go see it; even better, buy the DVD, have your friends over to watch it, and talk with them about climate change.

Some name dropping (with useful resources) here: Roger Revelle was (among many other things) a pioneer of my alma mater UCSD. His colleague Charles Keeling (of Keeling curve fame) also worked there, and received the 2001 National Medals of Science and Technology from President George W. Bush. I have found that this 4-page briefing Global Pollution and Climate Change by Sir John Houghton may serve as an informative starting point for discussions.

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  1. On August 18, 2006 at 23:59 Bob Waldrop said:

    I haven’t seen it, and I won’t see it. Al Gore has a major role in it, and I can’t look at Al Gore without seeing several hundred thousand Iraqis who died because of the embargo that was ruthlessly enforced by the Clinton-Gore administration. Half of them were children. The Clinton-Gore administration secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, when asked about the death toll said, “We think the price is worth it.”

    Al Gore never spoke out against that slaughter. So when I see him, I see the blood of the innocent dripping from their hands. It’s very annoying, I wish the vision would go away, but it won’t. I can also sometimes hear the death cries of the children. That’s even more distressing. I don’t mean to suggest I am having apparitions, it is one of those “eyes to see and ears to hear” things.

    I encourage people to do practical things that can make a difference regarding climate change. People can turn OFF their air conditioners. We live just fine in central Oklahoma without air conditioning. People can turn off their dish washers and never use them again. We don’t have a dish washer, and a good friend just told me that their automatic dishwasher had died, and they weren’t replacing it. Instead, the whole family gathers together and they hand wash and dry their dishes. Salvation is certainly on its way to that house. People can use a solar power to dry their clothes by simply stretching a clothes line between two poles.

    Imagine those simple acts, multiplied by millions.

    It is such a tragedy for us that at this critical time in our history, our leaders are mass murderers.

    I apologize if this seems harsh, and I love Dr. Kaihsu’s postingw at this website, but the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis at our national hands in the 1990s due to the embargo should not be forgotten. That embargo endured through 3 presidential administrations and six Congresses. We should not praise those leaders who presided over that slaughter.

    Standing together to do something about climate change is not a matter of getting into our cars and driving to air conditioned theaters to view a movie that burned a lot of hydrocarbons in its making and distribution. Among other things, it is a mnatter of turning off our air conditioners, recycling our dish washers, using solar power to dry our clothes, and then walking or bicycling or taking the bus to visit with friends and make good acoustic music and eat home-made pie made from locally grown fruit. (or squash or pumpkins or beans, all of which make excellent pie.)

    By the way, speaking of pie, a good friend of mine gave us two pieces of home-made pumpkin pie today, made with pumpkin from their garden, and cream from a local cow. That was truly Pie.