Academy Award for Special Visual Effects Goes to … Al Gore

Should you be worried that a scene from "The Day After Tomorrow" was shown in "An Inconvenient Truth"? That depends on who you are.

Should you be worried that a scene from “The Day After Tomorrow” was shown in “An Inconvenient Truth”? That depends on who you are.

“The science is in” Al Gore likes to say. A few flat-Earthers continue to raise a bit of a ruckus, but all the “good” scientists agree: We’re in deep do-do. Well, if the science is that undeniable, then why would Al Gore need to borrow from science fiction in order to make a documentary about climate change? For, as strange as that sounds, that’s exactly what took place in “An Inconvenient Truth.” A scene showing the “melting” Antarctic sea ice, which actually hit its historic maximum in 2007 was, it turns out simply scooped right up out of “The Day After Tomorrow,” the sci-fi thriller depicting runaway climate change and the drowning of, among other things, thousands of hapless New Yorkers.

In point of fact, sea levels have risen at a slow and steady rate since the end of the Little Ice Age in 1850. The greatest authority in the field, Dr. Nils-Axel Morner of Norway, has found that not one island has been claimed by rising water. Instead, the isolated case of wash-over has occurred where groundwater on an island was pumped out so much that the land subsided.

The most recent data on sea levels has been delayed, and some in the skeptic community are wondering what the reason might be for the delay. In the meantime, data on glacial growth in Alaska and Norway is in. Again, the new cool regime has already started to shift the balance of melting and freezing.

Here in Austin on Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, we’re cooler than average, with the temperature in the mid-50s at noon. Our foliage, frequently a sign of how warm or cool fall is, is the best locals have seen in many years.

And if for any reason you’re reading this thread, Mr. Gore, it would be great to hear how the weather is wherever you may find yourself. And, one last thing, just stick to the facts.

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About Harold Ambler

I am a lifelong environmentalist. I started my journalism career at The New Yorker, where I worked as a copy editor. Since then, my own work has appeared in The New York Daily News, The National Review Online, The Atlantic Wire, The Huffington Post, The Berkeley Daily Planet, The Providence Journal, Brown Alumni Monthly, The Narragansett Times, Rhode Island Monthly, and Providence Business News.
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