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An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It

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An Inconvenient Truth—Gore's groundbreaking, battle cry of a follow-up to the bestselling Earth in the Balance—is being published to tie in with a documentary film of the same name. Both the book and film were inspired by a series of multimedia presentations on global warming that Gore created and delivers to groups around the world. With this book, Gore, who is one of our ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published May 24th 2006 by Rodale Books (first published 2006)
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Malbadeen
Oct 16, 2007 marked it as books-ill-never-read
Recommends it for: rich people that want to feel good
Shelves: nonfiction
I really wish I hadn't used the F word so much last week so I could say, "I can't F-ing believe this" and it would have some umpf to it!
When i see this book i imagine someone grabbing it off the shelf at Borders, paying for it, slipping it into a corn bi-product plastic bag, heading out to their car with it happily swinging from their arm as their free hand cracks open another water bottle.
ugh! ugh! ugh! on the same day Gore was announced to receive is big woopin-to-do award i read an article i
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Riku Sayuj

The Importance of being Inconvenient

A good test of truth is to see if an idea/opinion/economic suggestion is an "Inconvenient Truth", especially if it is inconvenient for the speaker.

If it is not, chances are that the expounder is just playing to his own and his audience's biases.

"Because economic and social phenomena are so forbidding, or at least so seem, and because they yield few hard tests of what exists and what does not, they afford to the individual a luxury not given by physical phenom
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Ali
Jun 18, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: the illiterate.
Shelves: picturebooks
I've just finished reading Al Gore's book on climate change, and I have to say that I was not particularly impressed. I hadn't expected a great piece of literature, and I wasn't wrong. But I'm not going to pick holes Gore's turgid prose style (though I do wonder if the text was even looked at by an editor). My problem is with Gore's representation of the scientific data on global warming.

It's clear that the temperature of the earth has been increasing in recent decades. And it's also clear that
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Jim
Sep 08, 2007 rated it did not like it
UGH! Not much more to say. If you like situation ethics, flawed logic and reading, and quasi-science... this is your read....
Killer
Feb 27, 2008 rated it did not like it
...I don't even know what to say about this except...Al Gore owns a jet...
Kerry Johanson
Jan 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
My first degree was in science and I continue to have an abiding interest in it. I regularly read articles and books related to the sciences. My biggest problem with this book is that the "science" is embarassingly absent. Subtracting politics and just looking at the so-called science this book bases its premises on have been found to be either meritless or skewed.
I soldily believe we DO need to care for this planet but please lets base our discussions on facts, not computer models that aren't
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Jared
Jan 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Absolutely nobody.
Recommended to Jared by: My liberal-weenie friends
Gore does a fantastic job at coming in so far beyond what even the closest UN, private industry, and government studies do that one must laughingly dismiss his arguments almost outright. Take for example his argument on CFL (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) and how much polution can be saved. Australia has just completed a law that mandates all citizens and businesses must have CFL's installed by 2010. This law is supposed to save Australia some 800,000 cubic tons of CO2 over the next several yea ...more
Kathrynn
Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Human Beings
I enjoyed reading Mr. Gore's slide show about global warming, the causes, and seeing the before and after pictures of various parts of the world was truly amazing. I would like to have seen a month with the years that the pictures were taken, though. I thought the information was presented in a clear, concise manner. I learned a lot more about global warming. The presentation clearly shows "we" have a problem and if "we" don't wake up real quick and do something about the planet "we" will be lea ...more
+Chaz
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who is not a prisoner to there political beliefs
Recommended to +Chaz by: A book store.
Al Gore is perhaps the best know American politicians that people still respect around the world. What he said and wrote in 1992 is not only proven today but we find that he underestimated the severity of the affects on this world. In this new book he demonstrates using the most simplistic method of cause and effect that it is used today in 5th and 6 grade classrooms. He clearly demonstrates that the only time that our earth has seen this kind of die-off we are experiencing today was 65 million ...more
Mike
Feb 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
I learned that Al Gore did too many drugs in the '60s. The junk science in this book doesn't even begin to explain the B.S. and outright lies in this book, and the movie. I think Al Gore should have stuck to inventing the internet. This will go down in history as one of the biggest hoaxes foisted upon mankind. The only problem is, mankind is to lazy to make him prove it.
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Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. was the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. Gore also served in the U. S. House of Representatives (1977–85) and the U. S. Senate (1985–93), representing Tennessee. Gore was the Democratic nominee for president in the 2000 election, ultimately losing to the Republican candidate George W. Bush in spite ...more
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“As many know, the Chinese expression for "crisis" consists of two characters side by side. The first is the symbol for "danger," the second the symbol for "opportunity."
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“Global warming, along with the cutting and burning of forests and other critical habitats, is causing the loss of living species at a level comparable to the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. That event was believed to have been caused by a giant asteroid. This time it is not an asteroid colliding with the Earth and wreaking havoc: it is us.” 17 likes
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