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An Inconvenient Sequel: 10 Years On, Al Gore Continues to Fight Global Warming

Some politicians retire with lucrative consulting jobs. Others take up oil painting. But according to a new documentary starring former Vice President Al Gore, An Inconvenient Sequel: Speaking Truth to Power, the retired politician, and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner, has spent his golden years talking about global warming.

Men’s Journal

By Katie Van Sycle

The film, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, is a follow-up to 2006’s Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth. When Truth premiered, it permeated the culture and shifted the national conversation. Gore, who has devoted the past 30 years to discussing climate change, became a polarizing figure. Despite the controversy surrounding the film, a Nielsen/Oxford University poll found that 66 percent of people who watched the documentary said it changed their minds about the existence of climate change.

There have also been notable successes since 2006. The issue is increasingly becoming bipartisan. Clean energy has now become cost competitive, and a handful of towns across the United States have switched entirely to renewables. In 2015, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, 175 world leaders agreed to try to keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. But despite these efforts, global carbon dioxide levels continue to increase, and as of 2016, 81 percent of all energy produced in the world is based on carbon fuels. Read more.