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Stephanie Rutherford

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674404

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674404.001.0001

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Science and Storytelling: Al Gore and the Climate Debate

Science and Storytelling: Al Gore and the Climate Debate

(p.139) Chapter 4 Science and Storytelling: Al Gore and the Climate Debate
Governing the Wild

Stephanie Rutherford

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the construction of climate change discourse by examining the personage and work of Al Gore. An Inconvenient Truth relies on the impartiality and unquestioned truth of science to warn of impending global apocalypse, reinscribing the pre-eminence of this way of understanding nonhuman nature. An Inconvenient Truth and the persona of Al Gore offer an ethics of the self, an individualized form of green governmentality. Gore acts as a preeminent truth-teller, and his interweaving of science and storytelling is a potent way to narrate environmental crisis, reshaping the categories to meet the needs of the modern world.

Keywords:   climate change, Al Gore, climate debate, An Inconvenient Truth, global apocalypse, green governmentality, environmental crisis

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