(Editor’s note: This is a sequel to the writer’s previous column on climate change)
Former VicePresident Al Gore authored An Inconvenient Truth in 2006: a warning to the world-at-large, in reference to the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change.
What follows, still traced to Mr. Gore, is his latest documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel, scheduled for showing in the Fall of 2017.
Unwittingly, the aforementioned subject has grabbed the front burner on extreme weather events, brought about by climate change, responsible in making more frequent and severe alterations.
The foregoing film is known to have the most jaw-dropping imagery that focuses on extreme weather events.
Reviews by weather experts mentioned the following: “there are shoes melting off people’s feet as they cross a street in India amid a heat wave; mass graves inthe Philippines for the 6,300 victims of Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda),” and which utterly leveled Leyte’s Tacloban City in 2013.
Narrations described the destructive force of the 195-mile-per-hour winds that caused unspeakable devastation the Leyte population, not only physically, but affected the morale of the people who were fortunate enough to be survivors.
In the US, the referenced film has captured freak “rain bombs” in Arizona; likewise “fatal floods in Louisiana,” the same experts pointed out.
Gore’s commentary:”Future generations will say….Couldn’t you hear what Mother Nature was screaming back at you?”
Although not all sights depicted are discouraging.
There are those that are attributed to city executives, i.e., an eloquent scene inGeorgetown, Texas, where Mayor Dale Ross, a Republican, has committed to make his city one of the first in the US to be 100 percent powered by renewable energy.
Politics is not the raison d’etre of the Gore presentation.
Sober statements follow the former vice president.
“Regardless of politics, the film makes a compelling case for action. We have to stop making this a partisan problem. It’s a reality we all have to face together,” Gore stated.
Gore was scheduled to speak with President Trump in December 2016. He did not touch on that particular conversation held with Trump.Yet, he talked about the significance of the Paris Accord in which 195 countries pledged to work toward the goal of net-zero carbon emissions, invest in renewable energy-powered economies so that global temperatures will rise no more than 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100.
It should be recalled that the date on which the Paris Agreement went into effect: November4, 2016.
What followed: November 8, 2016, Trump was elected as the 45th US president.
Although numbers of people lobbied Trump to stay in the Paris Accord, fossil-fuel Trump influencers prevailed.
The story has not changed at all.
Trump announced immediately he was pulling the US out of the agreement.
Trump lived up to his pre-election promise.