An Inconvenient Truth is a 2006 American concert film/documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim about former United States Vice President Al Gore's campaign to educate people about global warming.
The film features a comprehensive slide show that, by Gore's own estimate, he has presented over a thousand times to audiences worldwide.
Premiering at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and opening in New York City and Los Angeles on May 24, 2006, the documentary was a critical and commercial success, winning two Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song.
Since the film's release, An Inconvenient Truth has been credited for raising international public awareness of global warming and reenergizing the environmental movement.
The documentary has also been included in science curricula in schools around the world, which has spurred some controversy.
A sequel to the film, titled An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, was released on July 28, 2017.
As Vice President during the Clinton Administration, Gore pushed for the implementation of a carbon tax to encourage energy efficiency and diversify the choices of fuel better reflecting the true environmental costs of energy use; it was partially implemented in 1993.
The treaty was not ratified in the United States after a 95 to 0 vote in the Senate.
The primary objections stemmed from the exemptions the treaty gave to China and India, whose industrial base and carbon footprint have grown rapidly, and fears that the exemptions would lead to further trade imbalances and offshoring arrangement with those countries.
Gore also supported the funding of the controversial, and much-delayed satellite called Triana, which would have provided an image of the Earth 24 hours a day, over the internet and would have acted as a barometer measuring the process of global warming. At the time of the film, Gore estimated he had shown the presentation more than one thousand times. As soon as the evening's program concluded, I asked him to let me present his full briefing to leaders and friends in New York and Los Angeles.