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An Inconvenient Truth is a documentary presented by former U.S. vice president Al Gore and directed by Davis Guggenheim that deals with the threat of global climate change. The title stems from a quote stating that people will not believe something, even if it is true, if their livelihoods depend on them not believing it — used here in reference to the energy industry and other polluters. A companion book was created titled An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It.

An Inconvenient Truth is the eleventh-highest grossing documentary film to date in the United States. It would later see a sequel in 2017 entitled An Inconvenient Sequel.


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  • Adam Westing: Al Gore introduces himself as "the man who used to be the next President of the United States."
  • AstroTurf: A spoof on this film was sponsored by the DCI Group, which at the time sponsored ExxonMobil and General Motors.
  • Global Warming: Obviously.
  • Green Aesop: The whole point.
  • Off the Chart: Al Gore needed a lift to show where the CO2 graph was going.
  • Selective Obliviousness: A major theme is that people don't want to accept climate change because of what they would have to do if they did.
  • Shout-Out: Gore uses a clip from the Futurama episode "Crimes of the Hot" (the one he guest starred in) to explain how global warming works.

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