Unchecked Data: A Tool for Political Corruption?

Engage Volume 11, Issue 3, December 2010 While the history of global warming dates back ad infinitum, for the purposes of this paper, we will begin the discussion in 2006. It was at this pivotal time that most Americans became interested in, and aware of, global warming. David Guggenheim directed the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” about Al Gore’s campaign against carbon dioxide and its link to global warming. This movie, which won Guggenheim an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, has been credited for raising international awareness of climate change and reenergizing the environmental movement. Throughout the world, schools have included the data in their science curriculum, and it is frequently referenced in political campaigns and debates. In addition, Al Gore received further validation for his environmental work when he received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.