A silly disaster movie released in 2004 was probably the single worst thing to happen to the global warming campaign in America. Yes, movies have more power than any one dissenting member of the Right (though perhaps not all of them together), and that fictional movie, The Day After Tomorrow, did an amazing job of getting the global warming debate into the minds of the people. Unfortunately, the subject was accepted as such a joke from its depiction in the movie, more harm was probably done than good.
In theaters right now, however, is the single best thing to happen to the cause. Yes, another movie, a documentary called An Inconvenient Truth. Not since the summer of 2004, when The Day After Tomorrow was in theaters, has the subject of global warming been given so much attention and sparked so much discussion. Luckily for the campaign, this time a film presents the topic seriously. Why do so many Americans get their information from, or at least because of, movies? I would suggest it has more to do with the news media than Hollywood, but that is a debate for another time.
On the heels of An Inconvenient Truth is another new documentary called Who Killed the Electric Car? It only touches on the threat of global warming for a minute or two -- enough to show its side on the issue, of course -- but it presents a subject directly linked to it, and therefore it provides an interesting footnote to the much better An Inconvenient Truth.