An Inconvenient Truth - Off to a Good Start [UPDATED]
We don't expect a film based on a slide presentation to outdo Hollywood summer blockbusters at the box office, but we're happy to see that An Inconvenient Truth is doing very well so far: "On Wednesday an inconvenient truth was the #11 movie in the country despite being in only 4 theaters, earning $78,994 ($19,749/theater). The #10 movie was showing at 1,265 theaters, earning 117,000, or $92/theater." Update: An Inconvenient Truth made an average of $70,500 per theater over the weekend (according to BoxOfficeMojo), which is the highest number in the USA and quite impressive for a scientific documentary. Comparatively, the #1 movie, X-Men: The Last Stand, made $27,947 per theater and all other movies made under $10,000 per theater.With all the media attention surrounding the movie comes the inevitable ad hominem attacks by industry hitmen who can't seem to touch the science so they attack the messenger. This is followed by all the armchair climate "experts" who think they can argue against the scientific consensus and the real experts because they've seen a 1-hour special on TV or heard somewhere that it was just a warming cycle.
For some reason, these people seem to think that the thousands of people who spent almost every day of their lives for decades learning about, studying and experimenting on the subject haven't tested and rejected these theories (by using the peer-reviewed scientific method, something that, unfortunately, isn't imposed on "experts" from industry-backed think tanks when they write articles, do interviews, speak on the radio, cherry pick facts that seem to support their claims, etc).
Are there many possible causes to global warming? Sure. It could be a natural warming cycle, or have something to do with the sun, or whatever.
But it isn't a faith issue. You don't get to pick the most convenient explanation and then reinforce that belief by looking for other people or groups that have been saying the same thing.
It's a scientific issue. We need to look at the empirical data. The people who are doing that are climate scientists (and scientists from other domains as well), and they tell us that the problem is caused by the billions of barrels of oil, the billions of tons of coal and the billions of cubic meters of natural gas that we've been burning since the industrial revolution. They might not have the big marketing and PR budgets that their opponents have, and it's hard to convince people with nuanced and cautious explanations filled with jargon (much easier to cut through the information-overload with one-liners like "It's a hoax! A natural warming cycle! Carry on..."), but nobody on this planet is better equipped than them to study this problem, so if we don't listen to them, we might as well be rolling dice.
And the stakes are high...
See also ::An Inconvenient Truth - Coming to a Theatre Near You, ::RealClimate Reviews the Science of An Inconvenient Truth, ::An Inconvenient Truth Trailer Available at Apple, ::Movie Review: Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth"