Leading The Follower
In her LA Weekly review of Leonardo DiCaprio's sky-is-falling eco-documentary The 11th Hour, Judith Lewis wastes no time in repeating the libel that scientists who disagree with prevailing orthodoxy are bought and paid for. But no matter, I was struck more by this bit in the first paragraph: "The last [eco-documentary] featured Al Gore, won an Oscar, and miraculously shifted the tide of public opinion toward the climate change yea-sayers."
Pardon me? The idea that global warming was having trouble gaining purchase with the public till An Inconvenient Truth came out with such unimpeachable evidence that even doltish Americans struck their colors is absurd. It's the sort of vainglory you hear from activists, who love to exaggerate their importance in shaping public opinion, but a journalist, no matter what her politics, should know better.
The public believed in and took the threat of global warming seriously for years before Al Gore's movie came out. I thought everyone knew this, but after coming up against Judith Lewis's smugness, I guess I should link to research that shows 75% of Americans believed in human-made global warming a decade ago, just in case.