From Seth Connell: In 2006, Al Gore released a documentary film about climate change called “An Inconvenient Truth.” Eleven years later, he released its sequel, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”
The original documentary was fairly influential, so he must have thought that the sequel would be met with good reception, especially given the Leftist fury at the election of Donald Trump and his withdrawal from the Paris Accords.
However, his latest film managed to pull off what Transformers did: the sequel was terrible!
The Washington Times reports that the film has barely managed to scrounge up $1 million since its release on July 28. That amounts to a real failure at the box office by industry standards.
“This was not supposed to happen,” said writer D.R. Tucker in the Washington Monthly.
In a Monday post headlined “Al Gore Gets Ripped Off Again,” he said Paramount had botched the nationwide release with its two-weekend platform strategy, instead of seizing on anti-Trump momentum to whip up enthusiasm with a splashy one-weekend launch.
“Paramount apparently couldn’t be bothered to aggressively promote ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ as the movie Trump and [EPA administrator] Scott Pruitt didn’t want you to see — and giving American audiences a decent chance to see it,” Mr. Tucker said. “By failing to do so, the studio effectively undercut its own product.”
Tucker further stated that the films failure will have further reaching consequences.
“Sadly, the box-office underperformance of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ will be seized upon by climate-change deniers as ‘proof’ that Americans don’t really care about this issue.”
And you know what, Tucker is right. If attempting to halt “man-made climate change” were one of Americans’ top priorities the film may have been at the top of the box office and had great reviews from audiences and critics.
However, its critics only gave the film at 77% approval rating, and audiences gave it an even lower 50% rating.
The original film is one of the reasons why climate change is still a major issue today. Apparently, as The Washington Times notes, it seems that Gore tried to take a victory lap but tripped over himself.
Add in the fact that the mansion he owns uses more electricity in one year than an average U.S. house would in more than two decades, and you’ve got a pretty clear idea of what a hypocrite looks like.
The National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) reports that Gore’s Nashville residence consumed 230,889 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. This includes his pool, home, driveway entrance gate, and all sorts of other fancy duds. The average family uses an average of 10,812 kWh of electricity per year.
Even more shocking, just last September, Gore gobbled up almost 31,000 kWh of electricity – enough to power 34 average American homes for one month. Just to heat his outdoor swimming pool, Gore uses enough electricity to serve six typical American homes.
Drew Johnson, who is part of NCPPR, called Gore to the carpet back in 2007, the day after he won an Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth.”
“I revealed Gore’s hypocritically high electric bills,” he wrote. “In some months, I discovered, his residence gobbled up to 20 times more electricity than the average American household.”
For all his grandstanding, Gore has yet to show others how to help the climate through leading by example. But yet again, should we really be surprised at this?