Nightmare Fuel: Some of the implications of global warming discussed in the film are legitimately frightening. The time lapse of worldwide flooding destroying coastal cities? The graph showing how much CO 2 below the line equalled "a mile of ice over our heads", and then how much above the line we are now, and the projected level getting higher and higher until it was over twice as high as the ice age level was low? The calm, simplistic way in which this is all presented makes it even more chilling than if they had made a high-budget dramatization and played melodramatic music.
Scapegoat Creator: Gore believes in population control. He has 4 children. He uses way more fuel jetting around the world than a normal business traveler, let alone us poor actual scientist schmucks who fly coach when we go to conferences. (No teleconferencing for him!) His lifestyle, mansion and houseboat do not exactly scream "moderation". It took sustained public pressure for him just to install energy efficient lighting. Even at the time of release, liberals expressed anxiety that Gore's hubris would end up own-goaling the environmentalist cause.