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An Inconvenient Truth

Original entry posted: Tue Jun 13 18:22:12 2006

Patrick @ Mon Jun 12 12:41:45 2006 EST

I'm willing to believe in the threat of man-bearpig, and I'm willing to take means to be environmentally responsible. For instance, I've started to turn the lights off when not using them, and plan on buying my first new car as a high economy hybrid. That said, I don't think the solution is widespread social change, thats a part of it, but demanding some sort of memetic propagation as a tool to save us from climate distruption is about as useful as the Tyler Durden philosophy. I think the solution, paradoxically, is for international capitalism and economics, of which pollution is a bit-product, to continue raging and in the process maintain an evironment where percolations of research can go on. Technological solutions, in my opinion, are the only way out. The exit isn't to the left or right, but straight up.

Thomas @ Mon Jun 12 13:02:10 2006 EST

Tech innovations, sure.

But raging international capitalism and ecdonomics?

Call me a crazy commie, but that's pretty much what got us in this mess to begin with.

Regulation, baby, sure and swift. It's the only way to go. And like it or not, one side of our political spectrum is clearly on the wrong side of this whole issue.

Josh @ Mon Jun 12 15:15:30 2006 EST

Saw it when it opened here in Chicago and feel much the same way ... especially the frustating part of trying to have a conversation about it.

The first thing we need to do is stop believing the corporate sponsored hype and inform our Congressmen that we aren't paying them to spout such hype, but to help make this nation a better place. And having a world to have that nation on counts as part of that job.

Course, the fine Senator would probably just remind me that corporate lobbyists pay his wages, not me...

Brinstar @ Mon Jun 12 16:40:33 2006 EST

I felt the same way after seeing it.

I want an electric car! :-P

pseudonymous @ Tue Jun 13 09:57:11 2006 EST

While I find "the exit isn't to the left or right, but straight up" rhetoric compelling, I think it's naive to assume that technological innovation exists in a political and cultural vacuum. More robust government regulation is, in my mind, a necessity.

pseudonymous @ Tue Jun 13 14:21:47 2006 EST

Meanwhile, I disagree with Thomas here:
The most frustrating thing about the movie is knowing--knowing--that if you try to talk to someone about it (and it really does give you a drive to action, makes you want to save the planet), they're probably going to bring up the same tired objections that all ignorant people use against global warming.
The most frustrating part of the movie for me was watching an intelligent, articulate, compassionate, understanding, thoughtful leader take a stand for an important cause that affects us all; and thinking, "This is the man who could have been my president."

pseudonymous @ Tue Jun 13 14:22:12 2006 EST

Thanks, Ralph.

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