by Louis M. Kyriakoudes, Director, Albert Gore Research Center
Today, the motion picture “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” opens in theaters across the country. The film is the follow-up to Al Gore’s 2006 Oscar-winning documentary on the climate crisis, “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Ten years ago on March 21, 2007, Gore testified before a joint hearing of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the House Science & Technology Committee on the problem of human-induced global climate change. Chairing the hearing was fellow Tennessean, Rep. Bart Gordon, who succeeded Gore in Congress as representative from Tennessee’s sixth district when Gore won election to the United States Senate in 1984.
In both Gordon’s and Gore’s introductory remarks, they lay out the question that future generations will ask of all of us: Were we part of the problem or were we part of the solution?
In his comments before the committee, Gore testified that “the ten warmest years on record have all been since 1990” and that “2005 was the hottest of all.”
Unfortunately, this “inconvenient truth” is still with us. Data collected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show that 2016 saw the warmest surface temperatures ever recorded since modern measurements began in 1880 with “16 of the 17 warmest years on record occurring since 2001.” You can read more about these temperature measurements and climate issues at the NASA website here.
The transcript of Gore’s complete statement can be viewed a this link.
The video of Gore’s complete testimony is preserved in the Bart Gordon Papers, one of the many archival collections housed at the Albert Gore Research Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.