It’s nice that Al Gore is so invested in getting people to open their minds. It is a noble endeavour especially in countries where the population has been effectively made stupid from years of abusive manipulation by the media and educational elite.
There is a serious issue with making global warming the focal point for why we need to conserve energy. Calling it the truth is falling far short of the acceptable mark for what is considered fact. Sure there is a problem with consuming all the fossil fuels and increasing the overall temperature of the Earth. It will result in massive geological movements as the polar caps shift their weight and melt into the ocean.
However the real truth is that by consuming all the resources we have we run out of energy to continue enjoying the results of industrialised society. Once that happens we face the problem of how to progress as a globalised civilisation. The real inconvenient truth is that we will be forced to die off in great numbers which will be a terrible period of human suffering.
Already it is in progress as we look at the wars throughout the OPEC region and the suffering at the Horn of Africa. The main problem we have to contend with is global blackouts of the power grid. This is already happening in America and Japan. Other countries like Yemen and Cyprus are already unable to provide enough power to their populations. The trend will get worse rather than better as consumption of fossil fuels has already increased significantly this year due to Japan and Germany replacing their nuclear power stations with fossil fuel.
The next problem to come from the lack of energy infrastructure is the inability to sustain and support the infrastructure as it ages. Already the issue has become obvious in states like California which have been bankrupt for several years. We see massive explosions of gas mains, complete blackouts along the entire west coast and massive sewerage spills due to the inability to cope with complete blackout.
The Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was also a symptom of the malaise. The quest to find a new source of energy positive fuel inspired greedy BP executives to attempt to tap a Methan Hydrate reserve. Of course they did it entirely on the cheap, using engineers who were out of their depth, in a corporate culture where passing the buck and avoidance of direct responsibility are the way to progress up the ladder which inevitably ends in the results that were predicted by the people who actually know what they are talking about.
Now the quest is on to achieve ignition at the ITER project. The fact that they have an exploding sun in a magnetic bottle doesn’t bother them in the slightest. In much the same way that the nuclear industry lies about the dangers of uranium/plutonium reactors they also insist that Fusion in inherently safe and there is nothing to worry about. We can master the problem of getting more energy out of the process than we need to start it off but can we really be certain that we can master the issue of keeping the whole thing contained permanently once it has kicked off? Do you want to be around to see the aftermath when the first industrial Fusion accident occurs?
Fusion should be left for the stars and deep space. We can find other ways to tap the abundant energy of the earth without putting the whole planet at risk of annihilation.