Holman Jenkins at the Wall Street Journal has a piece on Gore’s movie.
Mr. Gore’s narrative isn’t science, but science fiction. It also contains a large element of political fiction, relying on the hack theme of good guys versus bad guys. Hint to filmmakers: An honest policy argument usually takes the form of one of two questions: “Whose rights trump?” and “What’s welfare maximizing?”
Mr. Gore did not discover global warming and hasn’t been a voice in the wilderness. Our political system has looked at the question closely, in a way Mr. Gore’s film doesn’t, and repeatedly concluded that the cost of action is greater than the known or surmised risks. That’s all it can do. Thus the Senate and Presidents Clinton and Bush all made clear that they wouldn’t sign up for a Kyoto gesture that imposes real costs with no real benefits.
This argument will come back again and again, as it must. As for the auteur, where many politicians seem like overhungry adolescents, Mr. Gore seems like a stifled 9-year-old–by turns spoiled and bullied, unwilling fully to meet expectations but unwilling also to take his own path. So what about gas prices? He needs to decide: Does he want to be a presidential contender or does he want to be the deliverer of “inconvenient truths” about climate change?
I hope he and Hillary go at in 2007-8. It will be fun to watch.