I watched Al Gore wade through Miami Beach floods onscreen. Then the surreal happened.

En Miami Herald / 10 agosto, 2017

(Photo: Carl Juste Miami Herald)

A very funny — and at the same time tragic — thing happened to me when I watched Al Gore’s new documentary about global warming, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

It was a rainy day, and I had tickets for a private screening of the documentary in Miami Beach for journalists, some of whom — including me — were scheduled to interview Gore two days later.

During the movie, I couldn’t help chuckling when I saw Gore onscreen wading in rain boots through the water on a flooded Miami Beach street, and saying that Miami is the No. 1 city in the world for assets at risk due to sea level rise. It was easy to recognize the location: it was only a few blocks from the movie theater where I was sitting.

But what made it all even more surreal was that when the movie ended, the entire area was flooded and nobody could get out of the building. Alton Road, the South Beach street in front of the theater complex, looked almost like a Venetian canal. The water was knee-high, with slow-moving cars causing waves.

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Andres Oppenheimer
Es el editor para América Latina y Columnista de “The Miami Herald,” conductor del programa “Oppenheimer Presenta” por CNN en Español, y autor de siete Best-Sellers. Su columna “El Informe Oppenheimer” es publicada regularmente en más de 60 periódicos de todo el mundo, incluidos “The Miami Herald” de EEUU, La Nación de Argentina, El Mercurio de Chile, El Comercio de Perú, y Reforma de México.

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