Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ is heavy on the politics of climate change

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Al Gore appears in “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.

“AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER — 2 stars — Al Gore, George W. Bush, John Kerry, Angela Merkel; PG (thematic elements and some troubling images); in general release

Coming from a man who claims to be a recovering politician, Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” feels awfully political.

“Inconvenient Sequel” is the follow-up to 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” which established the former U.S. vice president as a featured voice on the issue of climate change/global warming. The new film opens with a defensive stance, playing audio of Gore’s critics over the top of imagery of melting glaciers.

The us vs. them stance continues throughout the film’s 98-minute run time, combining a variety of fact and figure sequences supporting climate change theories with accusations against those — typically labeled “deniers” — who have interfered with Gore’s efforts to address them.

The bad guys are pretty much who you would expect: big business, Republicans and former President George W. Bush, who canceled the launch of a special satellite designed for environmental study Gore had been involved with prior to the 2000 presidential election.

“Inconvenient Sequel” also makes multiple references to the Supreme Court decision that gave Bush the election nod over Gore, going so far as to share a clip of Gore’s own reluctant acceptance speech. Including material like this alongside a visit to Gore’s childhood home, where he reminisces on his beginnings in the world of politics, one wonders if “Inconvenient Sequel” is more of a biography of an ex-politician than an advocacy of his cherished cause.

Indeed, “Inconvenient Sequel” follows Gore around the world as he visits various “climate leadership training” seminars, always careful to note how many countries are represented by the participants. Eventually, in one of the film’s more…

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