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Al Gore Global Warming Quotes: How Hollywood Has Run With Former VP's Claims

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 09:12 PM

Making global warming a way of life, former Vice President Al Gore has caused a sensation in the entertainment world, which has returned the favor with honors and apocalyptic films.

Even before Gore become somewhat of a film star in “An Inconvenient Truth,” a 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary, he attracted the environmentally friendly celebrity crowd with his book, “Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit,” in 1992 just before he became vice president. As the Cold War ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Hollywood needed Gore’s ecological nudge that would help lead to a string of Hollywood gloom-and-doom productions on global warming.

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The tip, or the top, of the iceberg was “The Day After Tomorrow” in 2004, starring Dennis Quaid and featuring a character, suspiciously resembling Dick Cheney, as the U.S. vice president who ignores warnings of the world plunging into catastrophic climate change.

But Gore’s first brush with Hollywood greatness was as the main figure in the “An Inconvenient Truth” documentary. It opened with great reviews at the Sundance Film Festival and at Cannes. One of the producers of the film was Laurie David, a Hollywood environmental activist and wife of Larry David, the co-creator of “Seinfeld” and star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” With his star rising, Gore was surrounded by the likes of Cameron Diaz as he toured Hollywood to warn about climate change. It was in Tinseltown that he announced his global “Live Earth” concert series to include Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg, and raise global warming awareness through music.

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Gore gave a boost to his new pals with endorsements in TV ads for California’s Proposition 87 in 2006, along with Hollywood supporters Jamie Lee Curtis, Julia Roberts, and Geena Davis. The aim of the proposition was to raise $4 billion to create alternative energy through taxation on oil drilling for cleaner air. Voters later turned down the proposition.

Picking up where Gore left off on his documentary, Hollywood continued its dire warnings about a sorely weathered planet Earth. There was the 2008 remake of the classic 1950s sci-fi movie, “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” only this time it wasn’t nuclear warfare the alien was concerned about. Climate change was the new villain. In the 2011 film “Take Shelter,” a man has a series of visions that warn of apocalyptic weather changes.

That Al Gore global warming charm still packs in the celebrities. During a million-dollar fundraiser in 2013 for UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, which honored Gore for his work in saving the planet, Warren Beatty, Barbra Streisand, Courteney Cox, and Sarah Silverman turned out to gush over the former vice president. Talk show host Larry King recalled having Gore on his TV show after his “Earth in the Balance” book was released, and actress Amy Smart talked about the excitement of honoring Gore.

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Making global warming a way of life, former Vice President Al Gore has caused a sensation in the entertainment world, which has returned the favor with honors and apocalyptic films.
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