on ten ovens in a tiny room. Put them all on broil for three hours. Open
them all. Stand there. Breathe. Thatís New York today.
are panting on the street, t-shirts wet with sweat, shirts open, chests
moist, huge armpit stains... While walking I saw a blob of blood fall on
the pavement with an ugly plop. First nose bleed in years. The reports
state that over 100 are dead in California and a heat wave in Europe.
eyes catch a little newspaper advertisement saying, ďIf you want to know
why we are experiencing searing temperatures go see Al Goreís An
unusual that a man who lost his presidency of the most powerful country in
the world over a judicial ruling is now screening liberal films at Cannes.
the time I didnít like Al Gore even though the alternate was cowboy
I at least felt Bush was real. Red neck but real. There was something too
smarmy about Gore. He was too good-looking, too glib, too urbane, too
smug, to trust. Power in the hands of a man like that could bring hubris
thatís beyond belief. How wrong I was.
was the hubris of the cowboy that now has started two wars in the Middle
East in Afghanistan and Iraq and is tacitly backing the third in Lebanon
that was the more fatal choice.
no sign of Osama Bin Ladenís phantom weapons of mass destruction, and no
abatement of terrorism worldwide perhaps finally we can wearily connect
the dots and say it was about the oil, or the reconstruction billions.
Perhaps it was about the greed.
brings me back to this heat and Al Goreís documentary.
Goreís documentary meanders through his personal and political life. He
goes from his own epiphany of lifeís precious fragility as his
perspective shifts when his six-year-old son gets run over and nearly
dies; when he ďconnects the dotsĒ between his fatherís tobacco farm
and his sisterís smoking and death from lung cancer to the devastating
blow that despite the fact that more Americans voted for him over George
Bush, he was not going to the White House. Instead he went on a crusade
giving his slide show on global warming ďover a thousand timesĒ
claims, backed by scientists, that America is responsible for 40 per cent
of the carbon dioxide emissions worldwide that is responsible for global
warming. Explaining the consequences, he noted that glaciers that take
thousands of years to melt have now done so within ten years. The last 14
years were the hottest in human history.
has created deadly hurricanes and record typhoons. If emissions continue
at this rate, sea levels will rise by at least 20 feet; drown all the
islands off the Caribbean; sink half of Florida, Mexico, Bangladesh, and
Calcutta; and create a much larger catastrophe than 9/11 ever did. It
could be soon. Like in the next decade.
a graphic of a scale weighing gold and a globe, Gore shows the imbalance
of yummy yummy gold to that of world.
we continue with the emissions for money, the world is sunk. He also uses
the graphic of a frog slowly boiling in a pot, but scarcely aware that he
is about to die. Someone rescues him. Itís about rescue says Gore.
this extent the documentary explores alternative energy sources: solar,
wind, tidal and, yes, nuclear. Moving towards hybrid and electric cars. He
supports pouring money into public transit with subsidised fares and
saving energy in our houses. But no one in politics is willing to connect
the dots because it is too inconvenient.
find it sad vacationing in this amazing country that the politics of greed
are poised to prevail, that unlike the frog we might be sunk everywhere
before we notice.