Archive for the ‘12. An Inconvenient Sequel – Part 1’ Category

PLEASE NOTE: This transcript is being provided for educational purposes only to be used in conjunction with a university course designed to raise awareness of the serious environmental issues that the documentary film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power addresses. The kind understanding of the filmmakers will be appreciated with respect to any copyright issues which may arise, and it is hoped that permission to use this material will be granted so that the message Mr. Al Gore puts forth may be disseminated among the students participating in this course.

Students are encouraged to purchase their own copies of this important documentary on DVD.

Thank you.

Tony Del Vecchio, M.Ed.






♦  Conservative TV Talk Show Hosts Talking About Al Gore



John Stossel: Al Gore’s movie An Inconvenient Truth won him an Oscar, and yet, much of the movie is nonsense. “Sea levels may rise 20 feet” is absurd!

Monica Crowley: But this is Al Gore. He always goes down the road of hyperbole. Not only is he losing the argument on climate change, but he’s losing the science as   well.

Sterling Burnett: You don’t go see Joseph Goebbels’ films to see the truth about Nazi Germany. You don’t want to go see Al Gore’s film to see the truth about global warming.

Sean Hannity: And it’s the most severe winter storm in years, which would seem to contradict Al Gore’s hysterical global warming theories.

Steve Doocy: Donald Trump says he’s had it up to here with Al Gore and is calling for the Nobel Peace Prize committee to take the prize away.


♦  United States Senate Hearing (March 21, 2007)



U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK): Yes or no, do you believe that human-caused global warming is a moral, ethical, and spiritual issue affecting our survival?

Former U.S. Vice-President and Senator Al Gore: Yes, I do.

Inhofe: Yes or no, do you believe that reducing fossil fuel-based energy usage will lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions?

Gore: Basically, yes. I don’t think we…

Inhofe: That’s… That’s good. Senator Gore…

Gore: If I could just, uh, continue…

Inhofe: Well, you can’t. Now, it seems that everything is blamed on global warming. Last summer, we had a heat wave, and everyone said, “Oh, that’s proof it’s global warming.” Then we had a mild December. “Oh, that’s           proof” “it’s global warming that’s taking place.” Now, I wonder how come you guys    never seem to notice it when it gets cold?

Gore: The National Academy of Sciences here in this country and in the 16 largest or most-developed countries in the world agrees with the consensus that I’ve stated.

Inhofe: Senator Gore, my time is almost expired completely. Are you aware of that? It seems that everybody…

Gore: I would like to respond. May I respond?

Inhofe: …global warming in the media joined the chorus…

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA): Excuse me, Senator Inhofe. How can you ask a question and not give the man a minute to answer? Please.

Gore: Senator, thank you. Um… I’ve been sitting here trying to think what I could do or say that, uh… That might make it possible to reach out to you. And I’m serious about this. I’d love to, um, talk with you without the cameras and without the lights and… And tell you, uh, why I feel so strongly about this.


♦  Staff Planning Meeting, Office of Al Gore, Nashville, Tennessee (August 2015) 


Woman: And we’ve got to call the other, I think, three or four speakers for the Generation Client Conference, too.

Gore: All right, so now back to the Paris conference. I’d like a briefing on the must-do meetings in Paris. And I’ll circle back to Christiana well before then on how I can best help her. I need to talk to Secretary Kerry – about the long-term goal.

Woman: Mmm-hmm.

Gore: I want to schedule the China climate training during the first three months of the year.

Man: I think it would be good to lock that down.

Gore: Yeah, definitely.


♦  Climate Leadership Training, Houston, Texas



 Since An Inconvenient Truth came out ten years ago, climate-related extreme weather events have gotten so much worse. And so I’ve continued to give my slideshow all around the world. Actually, there were times when it really looked bleak and dark because the forces trying to stop the change regrouped and poured tons of money in trying to paralyze the political system in the U.S. and in other countries. I got really discouraged. And there came a time for me when I felt, wow, we could lose this struggle. We need to recruit more people.


Gore (addressing training session attendees): Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. I hope you’re having a productive and enjoyable, wonderful time at this training session. I’ve been doing this a long time. And I was reminded recently of how long it’s been since I started this. I was sitting in a restaurant. A woman came walking by in front of my table, just staring at me. And I didn’t think anything of it until, a few moments later, I saw the same woman coming from the opposite direction, just staring at me. So I looked up and I said, “How do you do?” And she took one step forward and she said, “You know, if you dyed your hair black, you would look just like Al Gore.” And so I said, “Thank you.” And she said, “You sound like him, too.”

But anyway… One of the comedians on TV said recently, “The way you know global warming is real is if the hottest year ever is the year you’re currently in.”



Fourteen of the 15 hottest years ever measured have been since 2001. The hottest of all was 2016.



This graph shows average temperatures from 1951 through 1980. The white are the normal days, the blue are the cooler-than-average days, and the red are warmer-than-average days. And in the 1980s, the entire curve shifted to the warm side. And we saw, for the first time, the appearance of a statistically significant number of extremely hot days in the lower right.



In the 1990s, the curve shifted further. And in the last ten years, the extremely hot days have become more numerous than the cooler-than-average days. We still have cool days. We still have cold days. But these extremely hot days are becoming much more numerous.



In April of this year, the temperature over Greenland was much higher than normal. An engineer on one of the helicopters took a video during this temperature spike. Those are parts of the glacier just exploding with the high temperatures.


♦  Kangilerngata Glacier, West Greenland




Prof. Eric Rignot: So, you see the line on the ridge here?

Gore: Yes.

Rignot: That grey line is where the ice surface was back in the ’80s. Not so long ago.

Gore: Not long ago at all.



Gore: It’s amazing to think that just 30 years ago, where we are right now, it was all covered by the big ice sheet.

Rignot: I think a lot of us are a bit shell-shocked by some of the changes. It’s a bit hard to believe.


♦  Swiss Camp Climate Station, Central Greenland




Dr. Konrad Steffen: Welcome to Swiss Camp! We have 20 automatic weather stations measuring the climate. Swiss Camp is just one of them.



Steffen: This is the cumulative height change of melt.

Gore: Yes. I see.

Steffen: Since 2000 to now, we lost 12 meters of ice at that elevation.

Gore: Wow.



Steffen: That was our former station, level with the surface.



Steffen: Very deep pillars. We came back next season. That’s where we are now.



Steffen: Now you see how it starts. This is a tiny moulin here.



Gore: So, it’s going straight down there?



Steffen: That’s the big moulin.



Steffen: So the water rushes down. And since it’s heavier than ice, it pushes its way underneath the ice sheet. And we can measure how the ice is lifted up a few millimeters to a centimeter. And then the ice moves fast and you reduce the friction.

Gore: And, in effect, the ice sheet starts speeding up in its flow toward the ocean.

Steffen: That’s correct.



Gore: So this makes the ice mass like Swiss cheese.

Steffen: You call it “Swiss cheese.” We call it Emmentaler.




 It is frustrating that for many years, I’ve tried to communicate that we’ve got to act on the climate crisis. But it’s not happening fast enough. If I said there weren’t times when I felt this was a personal failure on my part, I’d be lying.


♦  Climate Leadership Training, Houston, Texas


Gore: So where is all that water going? I’ll tell you where some of it’s going. It’s going into the streets of Miami Beach, Florida.


♦  Miami Beach, Florida


Female newscaster: High tides continue to bring a flood of frustration.


Male newscaster # 1: Fort Lauderdale gets the award for the “something you don’t see every day” video. Fish swimming on Cordova Road.

Male newscaster # 2:Experts say in 30 years or so, a drive along Ocean Drive could be a drive in the ocean. Downtown Miami could be awash.


Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine: We’re showing you an area that hasn’t been actually fixed at all, as you can tell. And then, on Wednesday, we’re gonna show you some of the areas that used to be like this, but now we raised the road and put in pumps. We’ve seen dramatic results. It’s so much better.

Gore: So you raised the road with saltwater-resistant materials?

Levine: Yes.

Gore: And what level of sea level rise is this designed to protect against?

Engineer # 1: We are building in about a foot of sea level rise. And I’m sure the projections are gonna continue to move.


Gore: Kinda hard to pump the ocean.

Engineer # 1: That’s why we’ve got to raise above it.

Levine: Yeah, it’s not easy. It’s not easy. This is not a simple fix.

Engineer # 2: You can only raise so much before you change everybody’s lives around here.

Engineer # 3: Scott and I grew up here. This wasn’t the case 40 years ago. So if anyone wants to argue that it’s not happening… It’s happening. It’s happening.


Gore: It’s coming out of the manholes, coming out of the drains. And this is while the pumps are operating at full capacity. This is a stopgap measure at best.



♦  Climate Leadership Training Miami Beach, Florida


Gore (addressing training session attendees): Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. I am so excited to be here and so excited that you are here for this training.


I’m a little bit late getting here because I got up early and put on some wading boots and went over to a couple of the streets that are filled up with water this morning. Miami, in terms of assets at risk, is the number one city at risk in the entire world for sea level rise. This is a major crisis.


Projected sea level rise in South Florida, possibly seven feet or more in this century.


By population, the top ten cities at risk: Kolkata, Mumbai, Dhaka, Guangzhou, China, et cetera.


West Africa. A lot of people at risk there.


And, of course, the low-lying islands, the Maldives have an enormous amount at risk.


Kiribati has already purchased land to move its entire population.


And again, this is from the city we’re in right now. I mean, I just wonder how the governor sloshes through this and says, “I don’t notice anything. Do you notice anything?”


♦  Interviews with Journalists



Jenny Staletovich, Miami Herald: So, Florida is a challenge…

Gore: I can confirm that

Staletovich: So, that’s the big question we have. I cover the climate, environmental stuff all the time, and you have a state with a governor who wouldn’t even meet with scientists to talk about climate change. How do you move forward on it?



Gore: In order to address the environmental crisis, we are gonna have to spend some time fixing the democracy crisis. Because big money has so much influence now, our democracy has been hacked. Large contributors call the shots.

Staletovich: Have you ever thought about running for office again?

Gore: I’ve used this line before, so forgive me, but I am a recovering politician. And the longer I go without a relapse, the less likely one becomes.



Chris Hayes, MSNBC: So, I just wanted to say, we’ll probably do, sort of, three buckets of stuff.

Gore: Is one of them climate?

Hayes: Yes. One of them is climate, one of them is sort of broadly like how politics are different now than they were, say, 15 years ago. Citizens United… I’m interested to hear your thoughts on that.

Gore: Okay, yeah.

Hayes: And then some 2016 stuff.

Gore: Okay. I’m not gonna commit news.

Hayes: Yes, I know. But I’ll try to get you to.

Gore: Okay. But we will talk about climate?

Hayes: Yeah, yeah, yeah! I got to feed the beast, Mr. Vice President.



Gore: Sometimes it seems to me that the climate crisis is simply not getting the kind of coverage in the media that it should.

Hayes: You have a Republican Party right now… Historically large field, right? There’s no one on climate in the entire lineup.



Gore: Since when did the United States abandon its traditional world leadership role? Especially at a time when, just this past week, the President of China says, “Okay, we’re going to adopt a cap and trade program,” “and we’re reducing our CO2 emissions,” “and we want to create jobs” “in solar and wind and efficiency.” This is the most serious global challenge we’ve ever faced. No other country can play the role that the U.S. can play.



Vanessa Hauc, Telemundo: Do you think that we’re reaching that tipping point to the point that it’s not going to be any more denial?

Gore: We are at a turning point. And we can successfully reach an agreement in this big global negotiation in Paris at the end of November to have a real meaningful turn in the right direction.

Hauc: At what moment did you decide that you wanted to leave politics aside and actually move into this, uh, new career that you have?

Gore: Well, to be honest, that decision was one made by the Supreme Court of the United States. I enjoyed politics, but this is a mission that I have dedicated myself to. And there’s a hunger for information about what’s happening, why it’s happening, and how we can fix it.


♦  First Climate Leadership Training, Carthage, Tennessee (2006)

Gore: I usually start with a black screen. And, trust me, after only two or three times through, you will associate your own way of telling each story with the picture, and it’ll come so easily. The way the memory works…



Ten years ago, I made the decision to launch a training program, so that anyone who wanted to learn the skills to communicate to thousands of others could come and get trained. There were only 50 of them in the beginning. But I look back on that first training and it makes me smile, because they were real pioneers, in my way of thinking about it.


Gore: This is the first picture that any of us ever saw of the Earth from space. It was taken on Christmas Eve, 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission. And this was the first time that human beings left near-Earth orbit and went far enough into space to see the planet whole, floating in the void.




And I’ve always started my slideshows with those pictures. When people can see the Earth from space, they naturally find it easier to feel a connection to our shared home.


And the last image from the Apollo program, The Blue Marble, the one picture of the entire Earth fully illuminated, completely changed the way people think about the planet. It energized the modern environmental movement. I put that picture on my office wall in the West Wing of the White House, and I looked at it every day.



I called up NASA and I said, “Hey, I’ve been looking at this same picture here,” “and I’m just wondering if there’s another one.” I thought, what if we could have images on a daily basis? Might that help to build the commitment people have for saving the climate balance? And that’s when I learned there’s really not another one.



That’s what led to the idea of the DSCOVR satellite. Not only for these pictures, but because of the amazing scientific data gathering that you can do from that special point in space.



There was opposition in the Congress. I was about to run for president, and that may have had something to do with it. But once I finally got it approved, other instruments started being added to it. And one was the crucial early-warning device for solar storms that threaten electric utility grids and pipelines. And NASA built the satellite, gave it a launch date.


And then after the Supreme Court decision and the inauguration of Bush and Cheney, they canceled the satellite launch. The new administration, they didn’t really realize they were also canceling this solar storm early-warning system. And the businesses that depend on it started making a lot of noise. And they proposed to resolve that quandary by taking all of the climate instruments and the camera off of the satellite, replacing them with the equivalent of sandbags and only leaving the one instrument that these powerful industries wanted to be put into orbit.




I thought, “Wow, that is extremism.” By the end of it, this satellite was put in storage.



We had a real opportunity to start building enough public support to really get on track to solving the climate crisis. But we lost that opportunity. And now, we cannot afford to lose it again.


~ End of Part One ~


Download PDF File here:

AIS TTP Transcript (Pt. 1)


























Read Full Post »