This is less of a political commentary as it is simply a movie recommendation. Well, maybe it’s both. This thumbs up is for the new film “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the follow-up to the acclaimed 2006 documentary by former Vice President Al Gore.

The sequel makes clear that the stakes are higher now than they were a decade ago, but the film presents a hopeful message as it follows Gore as he travels the world, training and interviewing a new generation of climate champions. The release of the film couldn’t be more critical, given that it was just a week ago that the White House formally notified the United Nations that it intends to abandon the Paris agreement on climate change.

Meanwhile, a new federal climate change report has concluded that the average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly since 1980 and is projected to increase 5 to 7.5 degrees Fahrenheit by the late century. The report has not yet been formally released as it is awaiting approval by the Trump administration. We don’t expect to see that stamp of approval any time soon.

For this climate change-denying administration, scientific facts, as well as movies like this, are just too inconvenient.

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