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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Pledge to see "An Inconvenient Truth"

Over 100,000 individuals have pledged so far to see the new documentary film by Davis Guggenheim, starring the man who should be our President - Al Gore.

An Inconvenient Truth, which is now playing in select theaters across the nation, is all about the threat of global warming, the science that proves it's happening, the and the political war on that science (led by Republicans) that has led to the nation's inability to take action:
Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced.

An Inconvenient TruthIf that sounds like a recipe for serious gloom and doom -- think again.

From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, which offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it.

That man is former Vice President Al Gore, who, in the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, re-set the course of his life to focus on a last-ditch, all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change.

In this eye-opening and poignant portrait of Gore and his "traveling global warming show," Gore also proves himself to be one of the most misunderstood characters in modern American public life. Here he is seen as never before in the media - funny, engaging, open and downright on fire about getting the surprisingly stirring truth about what he calls our "planetary emergency" out to ordinary citizens before it's too late.

With 2005, the worst storm season ever experienced in America just behind us, it seems we may be reaching a tipping point - and Gore pulls no punches in explaining the dire situation. Interspersed with the bracing facts and future predictions is the story of Gore's personal journey: from an idealistic college student who first saw a massive environmental crisis looming; to a young Senator facing a harrowing family tragedy that altered his perspective, to the man who almost became President but instead returned to the most important cause of his life - convinced that there is still time to make a difference.
Predictably, when Dubya was asked by the media if he would see Gore's film, he replied "Doubt it".

Bush also suggested we should "set aside whether or not greenhouse gases have been caused by mankind." The man who shouldn't be President may not care about our environment, or our future, but we do - and the man who should be President does, too:
Gore said the causes of global warming should not be ignored.

"Why should we set aside the global scientific consensus?" Gore said, his voice rising with emotion. "Is it because Exxon Mobil wants us to set it aside? Why should we set aside the conclusion of scientists in the United States, including the National Academy of Sciences, and around the world including the 11 most important national academies of science on the globe and substitute for their view the view of Exxon Mobil. Why?"

"I'm a grandfather and he's a father and this should not be a political issue," Gore said. "And he should ask the National Academy of Sciences ... whether or not human beings are contributing to global warming."
This is a film that America must see. This is an issue America must understand. Will you make a commitment to go see the film on its opening weekend? Click here to pledge to see the truth, and join hundreds of thousands of other concerned Americans in showing you care about the future of our country - and the future of planet Earth.

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