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An Inconvenient Truth

09 Feb 2007


I just finished watching the film, "An Inconvenient Truth" and it had a profound effect on me. I was already aware of the climate crisis that this world faces, but I guess I never realized that something can be done about it and we aren't doomed to our fate. Of course, if significant changes aren't made we're... well, all gonna die.

Sounds pretty harsh, I know, but it seems pretty clear that at the current rate, if no changes are made to the amount of CO2 we pump into the air each day, this Earth can't survive another 50 years. The Earth is drawing completely dead.

Al Gore obviously cares deeply about this subject. He speaks passionately about it and while the outlook is gloomy, when watching him talk about it your left feeling like his crusade is helping to enforce change worldwide.

Al Gore would have made an excellent president in my opinion, much better than that stubborn mule we have now, but I think what he is doing now might be even more important. From the movie, to his travel across the world enlightening people about the dangers of climate warming.

When I watched the film I was angry at times. It upsets me that this scientific information has been ignored by congress for so long, and little has been done to address the number one threat to our existence. No, it's not terrorists, not even close. There isn't a scientist in the world that could honestly dispute the fact that the most likely cause of "the end" will be climate warming.

I'm not an expert on it, but it seems pretty obvious that there is nothing more important in our world today than finding ways to curb the amount of CO2 emissions into our atmosphere. We don't, we die.

If you haven't seen the movie, I would strongly advise you to take the time to watch it. Also, go to www.climatecrisis.net for more information on what you can do to make a difference.

After watching the movie I decided that I wanted to do my part, despite the fact that I felt a little hopeless and powerless. The U.S. government needs to step in and make this a priority. They have to stop lying to the American people about the state of the world. They have to stop harassing scientists into lying about what they see for our future.

There was a funny quote from the movie, I forget who is was attributed to that said, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on not understanding it."

This is more than a political issue, it's a moral issue. What good is a fruitful economy if that in turn means that it destroys the Earth as we know it? In the movie, Al Gore also explains that spending resources to focus on climate warming could actually be good for the economy.

Anyway, as I said the film had a profound effect on me and I wanted to do something about it. I have a blog, so the first thing I wanted to do is share this with anyone who hasn't seen the movie. To possibly encourage anyone who reads this to think about what they could do to help.

I'm planning on taking major steps in my surroundings to help me a part of the solution instead of the problem. The first thing I'm going to get rid of my cars, both the Toyota Tundra that I won at the WSOP in 2005, and the Lexus SC 430 that I've had for a while. Instead, I'm going to look into purchasing a hybrid car for me and my wife.

Now, I realize that not everybody can do that, but I'm not asking you to. That's what I feel compelled to do and I'm lucky enough to have the resources to do it. There are other ways to be a part of the solution... www.climatecrisis.net.

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