Movie Review: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Former Vice President Al Gore is back in a follow-up film to 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” is an excellent follow-up film to the original Oscar-winning documentary. Al Gore is back with a 99-minute update on how the battle against climate change is proceeding, a battle that was energized by the former vice president in 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”  The battle is not going well.

My father was an independent oil and gas driller in the 1940’s and 50’s. He never made a lot of money, but my mother’s estate still gets royalty checks from time to time. So, you could say I have a vested interest in carbon energy. But, from my perspective, the world needs to turn from polluting oil, gas and coal to renewable energy. And, like the original documentary, the followup film makes some very good points.

One, there’s money to be made in solar and wind power. Two, great strides are being made in getting developed nations and even the underdeveloped ones on the same page, environmentally. Three, there are powerful interests that want to defeat renewables at every turn. And, finally, our very future depends on getting less dependent on carbon energy.

“Truth to Power” may be preaching to the choir. Already, climate change deniers are picking apart the film’s facts with complaints that seem specious at best. The bottom line is backed by the opinions of an overwhelming number of scientists. Ocean levels are rising. The polar ice packs are melting. And, coastal cities worldwide are being threatened. Gore’s efforts to change the way we see the future of our planet are well-illustrated here. He is an environmental hero and “Truth to Power” makes the point effectively with a splash of humor from time to time. Yes, the film is focused on Gore, but Gore is focused on the issues (again). He makes a convincing case.

The film that was released by Paramount Pictures on July 28th differs from the début version at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It has an update on how President Trump pulled the United States out of the historic climate change agreement reached by over 100 nations in Paris. It was a sad conclusion to the more upbeat news that solar energy is catching on, even in the red state of Texas. The segment on Georgetown on its way to going 100% solar is quite amusing. Saving the planet is not a partisan issue and I love the fact that Republican leaders in Williamson County are leading the way by doing the smart thing. Georgetown will eventually become the largest U.S. city to fully ditch carbon for renewables. That was some good news in a film that brought plenty of the downside to our attention as well, including that heartbreaking storm in The Philippines. Warmer seas are causing more powerful hurricanes and typhoons. And, there is a very large human cost, especially in underdeveloped nations.

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” may not break all that much new ground. But, it’s a follow-up film that deserves your attention. I hope we don’t have to wait another ten years for the next update.  Grade: B+

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” has both good news and bad news about how the battle over climate change is going.