Monday, May 21, 2007

Global Warming Round Up

Actor/director Leonardo DiCaprio stated that he wants people to see his 11th Hour movie and "to be very scared by what they see. I [DiCaprio]want them [the audience] to see a very bleak future. I want them to feel disillusioned halfway through and feel hopeless." The movie is rumored to have even bleaker claims than Al Gore's opus An Inconvenient Truth. The main threat is DiCaprio claims we run the risk of extinction. Never mind humans surviving the Ice Age, the Archaic era, the Little Ice Age, etc.

On the other end of the debate meteorologist Augie Auer said human-caused climate change will be considered a joke in five years.

Somewhere in the middle Dr. James Wanliss seeks balance in the debate. Recognizing the possibility of human influenced climate change while pointing out the deliberate flaws in An Inconvenient "Truth."

Three sides to a complex debate with political, economic, and cultural ramifications. I place my bet closest to Wanliss.

1 comment:

Adrian said...

Sometimes, it can be useful to stake out an extreme position in order to shift the debate over to your side, and make people formerly considered on one side or the other seem moderate. In this case, DiCaprio just looks like a nutcase (if the rumor that his movie warns about extinction is true, I only was able to find that rumor on trashy celebrity websites).