Al Gore has been making a lot of appearances lately in the effort to drum up interest in his new movie, called “An Inconvenient Sequel”, which is a follow-up to his Oscar-winning “Inconvenient Truth”.
I saw the trailer for it in a theater recently and it looks like an even more dire assessment of the effects of climate change, with a lot of documentation showing how predictions made in the first movie have been coming true. Here’s what the New Yorker has to say about it.
Obviously Gore hopes to get some of the people who stubbornly resisted acknowledging reality eleven years ago to wake up. Of course, this is not going to happen. “Science” is a liberal conspiracy, as everyone knows, and climate change is a hoax.
Gore got into a back-and-forth with a fisherman at a “town hall” event, where the fisherman claimed that if sea-level was rising, he would certainly see evidence of it and he doesn’t. The guy said his island was disappearing under water all right, but it was wave damage causing it, not sea level change. Gore tried to get him to see it was the same thing, but of course it was hopeless. Tweety called this guy up to congratulate him on his brilliant rebuttals.
James Eskridge, empiricist
Anyway, Gore told the guy that he wouldn’t try to give him any comfort by citing scientists – there was no point – and that he was sorry for what was happening to him and his family. And he went on to tell this story:
It reminds me a little bit of a story from Tennessee about a guy that was trapped in a flood — he was sitting on the front porch and they came by in an SUV to rescue him and he said, no, the lord will provide.
And the water kept on rising. And he went up to the second floor and they came by the window in a boat and said come on, we’re here to rescue you.
He said, nope, the lord will provide.
And then he went on up to the rooftop as the water kept rising and they came over in a helicopter and dropped a rope ladder. He said, nope, the lord will provide.
Well, he died in the water and went to heaven and he said, God, I thought you were going to provide.
And God said, “What do you mean? I sent you an SUV, a boat and a helicopter.”
In the end, though, no one can convince anyone of anything anymore because no one is listening to anything but the sources that confirm their own beliefs and biases. Those who won’t allow science to provide them answers can get them from God in the end.
And, as the story implies, only at that point will they understand that God and science are one and the same.