An Inconvenient Truth

First pitch: 6:07. Game time temperature: 82 degrees. Days until summer actually starts: 11

It was a warm day in Denver and has turned into a picturesque night. So after waking up early today and getting my game notes done by about 10:30, I decided to avoid the heat and went to go see a movie that I had been wanting to see for awhile.

An Inconvenient Truth is about global warming and dangers that we’re facing as a society. At the risk of offending one or two people who might read this blog entry (and I truly apologize if it does), I have to say the movie today will probably be the highlight of my road trip, even if we go undefeated from now through the end of next weekend.

Let me assure you that I have no plans to turn this into a political blog and truth be told, this movie actually should mean as much to Democrats as it does to Republicans and as much to both as it does to Independents and those who couldn’t care less about politics. There really isn’t a political theme to the film, so if you are turned off by the fact that its main character is Al Gore, I would think twice before staying away from the theatre.

I also want to be clear that I’m not on a soap box here because I have to say that up until recently, I hadn’t really given much thought to the issue and I’m guessing that many people don’t. Therein lies the problem.

Sure, I bought a Prius a year and a half ago, but that had more to do with the fact that I’d be able to drive in the carpool lane from Redondo Beach to Dodger Stadium every day without a second passenger. That and the fact that 44 miles per gallon sounded pretty good to my wallet. Helping the environment only played a small role in that decision.

But having watched this movie and feeling like I have a much better grasp of the problems we’re going to face in our own lifetime, I felt it was my duty to spread the word to those who read this blog. If I convince just one or two of you to see the film or visit the website climatecrisis.net, I feel like I’ve done just a little bit to help the cause.

After all, as a baseball lover and student of the history of the game, I think it’s equally important to be a student of the world we live in. It’s often said that those of us who work in baseball and more importantly, those who play in for a living, are caretakers of the game and have a responsibility to maintain its integrity for the people who come after us.

The same can be said for the environment and at the end of the day, if we don’t take care of that, there won’t be any baseball in the future, either.

15 Comments

I will definitely go out to watch this movie very soon because I realize this is an immensely important issue for our country’s future. Thank you for reminding us Dodger fans.

I hope our friends in Beijing are reading this blog too. With China’s thirst for oil,(http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060610/ap_on_re_as/security_in_asia_oil_2)we may have a lot more to worry about in the near future than just global warming.
There is a good article (http://www.taemag.com/issues/articleid.18976/article_detail.asp) that talks about putting the country and maybe the world on an alcohol standard that would greatly reduce our dependence on imported oil.

If we don’t do something, we may be facing $6 a gallon gas which would make a 100 mile round trip to see the Dodgers play something only the wealthy could afford.

P.S. What is the code needed to create URL links in this blog?

Well since you’re in Denver, I thought this article from the Denver Post might interest you. (http://www.denverpost.com/harsanyi/ci_3899807.) The main thing to understand from this article, whether or not you agree with its interviewee Dr. Gray, is that there are not one or two opinions on this issue. Al Gore’s is one, Dr. Gray’s would be another. The fact is, there are a multitude of opinions. As Dennis Miller often quips “I don’t know if i trust weather reports from 100 years ago.”

As for the poster who discussed the gas prices. The biggest thing to worry about is the American government interrupting the Supply and Demand economy. If all goes according to our capitalistic economy the prices will not reach $6. After all, they sell more gas if we go to more Dodger games.

I enjoy reading this blog everyday… How bout we just stick to baseball

boring . . .

thank you for the info, I shall see it as soon as I can.

Al Gore invented the internet…nuff said.

hey josh, how did the dodgers aquire adam greenburg? who did they give up for him?

I was about to say I thought the post was irrelevant to what this blog is supposed to provide, but that isn’t fair. The blog is “Inside the Dodgers,” and Josh, after all, is part of the Dodgers. According to one of Tommy Lasorda’s blog posts, the front office is the “Heart and Soul” of the team.

I know a little more about Josh now, so that’s kinda cool. Keep doing what you’re doing, because it’s good.

Nice post Josh, one great thing about where you are staying in Denver, you can easily walk or take the electric bus down to Coors Park.

As for Adam Greenberg, he asked for his release from the Cubs AA team and signed with Jacksonville this week.

http://tinyurl.com/jh4ly

I don’t mind that this post wasn’t immediately associated with baseball, though if you were plugging Fox News then I admittedly might be a bit turned off by it. At any rate, I do want to see this movie and this is an issue (the enviornment not just Global Warming) that we all really should care even just a little about. Besides, we lost so who really wants to talk about baseball right now anyway.

If we don’t take care of our rotation (Tomko & Perez). There won’t be any Dodger baseball in October.

Thanks Josh for having the courage to speak your mind, even if it might be considered to be a little off topic for some. I believe that each of us as an individual has the responsibility to do our part in the stewardship of the Earth we live on, to keep it a safe and healthy place to live now and for our future. If your post even reaches one person who will actually do something about the topic, then it’s done its job. Thanks again for your work in contributing here and even in talking about the “inconvenient” topics from time-to-time.

I’ll definitely keep it in mind next time a go to the movies, thanks Josh.

I won’t read the book, but if the entry’s not interesting to you, then you don’t have to read it. I for one am grateful that he had the audacity to do so. After all, if global warming becomes as bad as people say it will be, then baseball will truly become America’s favorite PASTtime

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