An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power


By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, opened nationwide in mid-August.  It’s a follow-up to his 2006 Oscar winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. The theory in this new documentary is that a rise in extreme weather is making the impact of climate change harder and harder to deny.  The movie touches on Hurricane Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the wildfire in Canada’s Fort McMurray, and the Zika virus.

Mr. Gore visits Greenland and the flooded streets of Miami, saying that Miami is the No. 1 city in the world for assets at risk due to sea level rise.  Both movies highlight Gore’s efforts over the past decade to educate the public about climate change.  In the latest film he is equally tenacious about his climate-change platform, but with a sense of resignation – not urgency.

Mr. Gore projects that the sea level in South Florida will rise a half a foot by 2030, and two feet by 2060, and up to seven feet or more by 2100.  Miamians, as well as New Yorkers and residents of coastal cities everywhere, will have to pay much more in taxes to buy water pumps and other technologies that will be needed to lessen the impact of rising seas.  Gore said that we can still avoid the most catastrophic consequences if we start acting boldly now.

The movie has been updated since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January to include President Trump’s announcement of the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.Gore said the day after the announcement, the rest of the world ramped up their commitments to the Paris Agreement.  States such as California, New York, and Washington, and several U.S. cities have made commitments to comply with the goals of the Paris Peace Accords.

Mr. Gore’s first film was one of the highest-grossing documentaries in history.  Although his second attempt has not received rave reviews, everything in it is vigorously on point.  League members and anyone interested in our environment and global warming will find this film most intriguing, especially because it hits so close to home.


Washington Post- August 5, 2017

Miami Herald- August 9, 2017

London Evening Standard- August 18, 2017

New York Times- July 27, 2017