I finally saw “An Inconvenient Truth” last night. Not much was new to me, as I’ve read much more alarming accounts of the planet’s expected fate by some of my Peak Oil buddies like Heinberg, Hartmann, Kunstler, etc. If anything, I though Gore’s treatment of the issue was quite measured and restrained. Considering the wide audience I think this was appropriate. It did make me wish again that he’d brought out his passion for this issue more strongly (at all?) when campaigning for President in 2000. I would bet that he’d have appeared much less stiff and far more human had he done so. It also may have prodded Bush and Cheney to show more of their true colors (i.e., Earth-ravaging, greedy oil men that they were and still are).
It also brought to mind the most disappointing aspect of becoming reacquainting with the world of Robert Anton Wilson in the wake of his death. Though I loved the old coot dearly I did not always agree with him. The most difficult disagreement was in reading through some of his thoughts regarding the Bush vs Gore campaign and particularly the debates. Wilson was in the camp of those who saw little if any difference between the two, going so far as to refer to them consistently as “Gush” and “Bore.” His favored candidate was the one also backed by Wavy Gravy in his famous “Nobody for President” campaign. Wilson thought Nobody was a much favored alternative to either Gush or Bore and considered the whole campaign, and particularly the debates as a “laughfest.” Though his later writings often lambasted Bush in no gentle terms, indicating that the consistently mirthful Bob may not have been laughing any longer at the horrible effects of the ill advised choice of Bush, he never went so far as to forgive Gore for having placed him in equivalence with the idiot in chief.
I could see why Bob, and other thoughtful individuals, would have difficulty seeing the differences prior to Bush’s ruinous reign. They were both politicians who had accumulated the vast wealth required to run for President by appealing to special interests to raise cash in abundance, making typical politician promises. Gore, by association with Clinton could be expected to maintain popularity by triangulation like his old boss, but with far less of his charisma. There was also the whole Tipper Gore campaign against naughty words nonsense which would seriously taint her husband in Wilson’s filthy potter-stewarting mind. I don’t know if Bob ever got to see “An Inconvenient Truth” before he died, but I kind of hope he had a chance to see the Gore that in many ways is the anti-Bush. He showed in that documentary that he is, like Wilson was, a true futurist with a positive vision for humanity far beyond the posturing of a typical politician.