Monday, August 14, 2017
AL GORE ON GLOBAL WARMING AND ATOMIC BLOND
To continue my series on Trump-Mueller-Gore and the 2020 Presidential Election, I was waiting until I could find time to see An Inconvenient Sequel, which I did yesterday. Rotten Tomatoes reviewers gave the film a 75% rating, but audiences a poor 47%, indicative of how his message is just not getting through. As RT gave the 2006 original 93%/78% ratings, clearly, something is not going right.
Gore got elected to the House of Representatives in 1977 at the age of 28. When I joined the staff of U.S. Senator Matsunaga in 1979, I recall actually talking to the young Congressman about global warming, for, as a student at Harvard, he was mentored by Roger Revelle, an individual who was already in the 70's expressing concern about the Greenhouse Effect. He was one of the advisors to Earth 2020, a program with which I was involved before moving on to Congress for three years.
The difference between Gore and myself is that he was truly active in the effort, and not only participated in the Kyoto Protocol of 1997, but also, as the above film depicted, made a pivotal difference in securing world agreement for the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. My involvement with the subject is that I led an international team a quarter century ago in the development of a proposal to set aside a small percentage of available funds to initiate basic research on global warming remediation, just in case the heat got so bad that we had to do something about it. We weren't planning to do anything real, just to lay the fundamental groundwork for promising options.
Unfortunately, Robert Correll, a close colleague, personally informed me that we should wait doing anything about warming until we are sure something has to be done. He was then head of the predecessor to the International Panel on Climate Change while at the National Science Foundation. Read some history of these encounters in my HuffPo on the Geoengineering of Climate Change.
In any case, I found the film to be worthy and scary. It would be terrific, indeed, if every person in the world actually viewed this production. Interspersed are clips of Donald Trump making fun of global warming. The contrast between the two individuals is why I will tomorrow focus on the 2020 Presidential Election.
My day continued, for I had lunch at Buca di Beppo: Caesar salad, spaghetti with meat sauce, Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon and Peroni Beer.
Fortified, I went to see Atomic Blond, rated by Rotten Tomatoes at 76%/68%. The shock was that after the Al Gore movie ended I looked around the theater, and I was the ONLY ONE there. AB must have had around a hundred. Obviously, global warming is not a concern to Honolulu moviegoers. Box Office Mojo this weekend had AB at #10, with Gore 2 at #18, indicating that the Nation is not much different from Hawaii. This is the third week for both films. What was #1? Annabelle: Creation, which earned $35 million to Dunkirk's $11 million. Gore 2? $0.8 million. Rotten Tomatoes gave AC 69%/78%.
Oh, about AB (Atomic Blond), you've seen this film before in various incarnations. Just another darkish le Carre-type film about European spies dealing with the then Soviet Union, with CIA involvement, but with a lot more hand to hand fights. Charlize Theron kicks A... The timing was at the fall of the Berlin Wall. I enjoyed the movie, but don't go if you're squeamish and despise violence. Al Gore has not commented on this film.
In the West Pacific, Typhoon Banyan, now at 105 MPH, will strengthen to a Category 4, but not threaten any populated area:
In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Gert will attain hurricane strength, but also head nowhere northeast.