Review of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” by Al Gore

    By Edd Doerr | 23 August 2017

    Gore’s book is useful but flawed

    Al Gore’s new book (and film) is a useful updating of his important 2006 book, An Inconvenient Truth. It powerfully reinforces what we know from science about the grim reality of human caused climate change and its concomitants, while refuting the nonsense spewed by Trump and the rest of the climate change deniers. A quick read, it spells out with graphs and photos just what is happening to our one and only planet and provides a long useful guidebook for readers who want to effectively fight climate change. That said, the book must be criticized for failing to address human overpopulation, which is what is fueling climate change. It does not even mention the importance of halting the population explosion that can only render impossible the effective addressing of climate change and global warming.

    There is no mention of the National Security Study Memorandum 200 report, “Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for US Security and Overseas Interests,” produced by the Republican Ford administration (!) in 1975, which recommended universal access to contraception and noted the importance of safe, legal abortion. (See my articles “The Strange Case of the Missing Population Report” in ARL journal Voice of Reason #41, Spring 1992, and “Population Study Finally Published,” #50, Summer 1994, accessible at The Reagan, Bush I and II, and Trump administrations’ efforts to defund family planning and block access to abortion, Trump’s ending US support for the Paris accord and funding for the UN Population Fund, and his nutty climate change denial seriously endanger our planet and our civilization. Finally, Gore’s book is remiss in not showing any interest in women’s health, rights of conscience on reproductive matters, and religious liberty. — Edd Doerr

    Edd Doerr was president of the American Humanist Association from 1995 to 2003, serving previously as vice-president and board chair under Isaac Asimov from 1985 to 1991. He has been executive director and then president of Americans for Religious Liberty since 1982. A former teacher of history and Spanish, he is the author, co-author, editor, or translator of twenty books, mostly on religious liberty and reproductive rights. He served on the governing body of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice from 1973 until 2004 and on the boards of NARAL, the ACLU of Maryland, and the National Committee for Public Education and Religious Liberty. More than 3,000 of his articles, columns, reviews, and letters have been published in The Humanist and many other publications. For over ten years he has been writing a column in the journal Free Inquiry from the Council for Secular Humanism.

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