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Al Gore's 'nine Inconvenient Untruths'

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Al Gore's environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth contains nine key scientific errors, a High Court judge ruled yesterday.

The judge declined to ban the Academy Award-winning film from British schools, but ruled that it can only be shown with guidance notes to prevent political indoctrination.

In the documentary, directed by Davis Guggenheim, the former US vice president and environmental activist calls on people to fight global warming because "humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb".

But Judge Michael Burton ruled yesterday that errors had arisen "in the context of alarmism and exaggeration" in order to support Mr Gore's thesis on global warming.

His criticism followed an unsuccessful attempt by Stewart Dimmock, a Kent school governor, to block the Government's plan to screen the documentary in more than 3,500 secondary schools in England and Wales.

The father of two claimed An Inconvenient Truth included "serious scientific inaccuracies, political propaganda and sentimental mush".

The film's distributor, Paramount, warns in its synopsis of the film: "If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced."

But the judge ruled that the "apocalyptic vision" presented in the film was politically partisan and thus not an impartial scientific analysis of climate change.

It is, he ruled, a "political film".

The nine alleged errors in the film

  1. Mr Gore claims that a sea-level rise of up to 20 feet would be caused by melting of either West Antarctica or Greenland "in the near future". The judge said: "This is distinctly alarmist and part of Mr Gore's "wake-up call". He agreed that if Greenland melted it would release this amount of water - "but only after, and over, millennia"."The Armageddon scenario he predicts, insofar as it suggests that sea level rises of seven metres might occur in the immediate future, is not in line with the scientific consensus."

  2. The film claims that low-lying inhabited Pacific atolls "are being inundated because of anthropogenic global warming" but the judge ruled there was no evidence of any evacuation having yet happened.

  3. The documentary speaks of global warming "shutting down the Ocean Conveyor" - the process by which the Gulf Stream is carried over the North Atlantic to western Europe. Citing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the judge said that it was "very unlikely" that the Ocean Conveyor, also known as the Meridional Overturning Circulation, would shut down in the future, though it might slow down.

  4. Mr Gore claims that two graphs, one plotting a rise in C02 and the other the rise in temperature over a period of 650,000 years, showed "an exact fit". The judge said that, although there was general scientific agreement that there was a connection, "the two graphs do not establish what Mr Gore asserts".

  5. Mr Gore says the disappearance of snow on Mt Kilimanjaro was directly attributable to global warming, but the judge ruled that it scientists have not established that the recession of snow on Mt Kilimanjaro is primarily attributable to human-induced climate change.

  6. The film contends that the drying up of Lake Chad is a prime example of a catastrophic result of global warming but the judge said there was insufficient evidence, and that "it is apparently considered to be far more likely to result from other factors, such as population increase and over-grazing, and regional climate variability."

  7. Mr Gore blames Hurricane Katrina and the consequent devastation in New Orleans on global warming, but the judge ruled there was "insufficient evidence to show that".

  8. Mr Gore cites a scientific study that shows, for the first time, that polar bears were being found after drowning from "swimming long distances - up to 60 miles - to find the ice" The judge said: "The only scientific study that either side before me can find is one which indicates that four polar bears have recently been found drowned because of a storm."That was not to say there might not in future be drowning-related deaths of bears if the trend of regression of pack ice continued - "but it plainly does not support Mr Gore's description".

  9. Mr Gore said that coral reefs all over the world were being bleached because of global warming and other factors. Again citing the IPCC, the judge agreed that, if temperatures were to rise by 1-3 degrees centigrade, there would be increased coral bleaching and mortality, unless the coral could adapt. However, he ruled that separating the impacts of stresses due to climate change from other stresses, such as over-fishing, and pollution was difficult.

A Government spokesman said he would not make any further comment on the case today.

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Comments: 24


    I say no more, The real Inconvenient truth is that alot of people on this planet are moronic.Who would still belive the moon was made out of cheese. Just because you have been very very wrong and wasted so many years of your life supporting a false cause try growing a pair and admiting you was wrong and please for the sake of us rational people S-T-F-U and stay away from schools!

    Bear with boat
    on April 26, 2010
    at 07:45 PM
  • In reply to the previous comment, it was said by gore, that the two line graphs of the rise of co2 and rise of heat on earth in the last 650 000 yeears fitted together exactly.There was a general trend of increase in co2 results in increase in heat. BUT they did not fit exactly together, due to at one point in time the increase in heat came before the increase in co2. This could be effected by external factors though.

    on February 06, 2010
    at 02:28 PM
  • Hey can anybody give me more information about the 4th mistake/point that was given (Co2 and temperature graphs vs. time)?

    on January 27, 2010
    at 09:41 PM
  • When a few facts are proven to be wrong then it provides people flak to use against this growing issue that people are worried might make it so they have to own less cars, use a public transit system, or live in less luxury. Instead of arguing about unimportant exaggerations when so many more important and powerful facts are being given, people have to realize that humans are causing many harmful effects on the environment that have to be dealt with whether you are a Democrat or a Republican.

    on January 21, 2010
    at 06:29 AM
  • Why is it always assumed that we are 'unnatural'?

    Are we aliens? If so, PROVE IT.

    If not, then we are, by definition, as natural a phenomenon as a volcano, or one of your precious polar bears.

    Good God - if we need to reduce our population, might we start with all the self-hating humans amongst us? All of us emit 1/2 of CO2 per year from breathing - if you really believe this is destroying the planet, then please, SAVE US!!!

    KILL YOURSELF!!! lmao

    Adam Cassidy
    on January 21, 2010
    at 06:23 AM
  • OK, put aside whether Al Gore is 100% correct or 50% wrong. Who cares conservative right-wing people!

    Should we do a better job of minimizing pollution?

    The "Inconvenient Truth" is that you would rather argue about Al Gore than vote to monitor your masters' smoke stacks, automobile factories and oil refineries.

    You are all such liars and hypocrits.

    DB Ross
    on November 25, 2009
    at 06:56 PM
  • Forget about Global Warming ... true or false. What we do know is that humans are living out of balance on this little blue ball. To the degree possible for ?? Billion people let's focus on living more in sync with the world. Things that are over-fished, over-grazed, over-populated, over CO2'd, etc... should be re-tooled, rethought, and re-engineered and brought back to balance. Let's de-stress our planet ... we rty to do it in our lives, in our jobs ... let's do it to our planet ... Just in case some of the extreme tree-huggers are right.

    on November 21, 2009
    at 10:17 PM
  • Unfortunately Mr Gore has made a mockery of true environmental issues. If Gore felt these things to be important then he would work tirelessly to get grants for wind/solar.

    The only thing he is trying to achieve is fear mongering to push thru Cap and Trade Taxation that adds to the goverment take. They will need that money to pay the tax being agreed to by the UN on the West that will be transferred to poor countries. Keeping the poor countries down just like they have the blacks. Disempower them with Aid/Welfare. Humans grow weary of fear tactics and taxation. The net result of his actions will make people complacent about the environment over the long term.

    I agree with the UK Judge. Political indoctrination is not a proper documentary.

    on October 20, 2009
    at 06:50 AM
  • Unfortunately Mr Gore has made a mockery of true environmental issues. If Gore felt these things to be important then he would work tirelessly to get grants for wind/solar.

    The only thing he is trying to achieve is fear mongering to push thru Cap and Trade Taxation that adds to the goverment take. Humans grow weary of fear tactics and taxation. The net result of his actions will make people complacent about the environment over the long term.

    I agree with the UK Judge. Political indoctrination is not a proper documentary.

    on October 20, 2009
    at 06:50 AM
  • Is it "alarmist" to scream "fire" in a crowded theater when the theater is on fire? This judge did a disservice to everyone by casting doubt on minor issues which are more than likely true even if they cannot be directly attributed to ACC. If humans had not burned a trillion tons of fossil fuels, in all likelihood Mt. Kilimanjaro would have snow, lake Chad would have water and Hurricane Katrina would not have happened. Also, if ACC is not the cause then what is? The judge offers no alternative explanation except in the case of drowning polar bears - but what were the bears doing out at sea when they should be on ice? Bears can't drown at sea, storms or no storms, if they are on ice, which is where they would be if the ice had not melted!

    Michael Rosser
    on October 16, 2009
    at 11:37 PM
  • If Mr. Gore is correct, then he should be able to demonstrate scientific evidence refuting the "9 inconvenient errors." However, I suspect he will not be able to do it. Al Gore is of the same cloth as the guy who wrote "The Population Bomb." Much alarmism without much fact! I don't know why "Chicken Little" politics sells, but it does!

    Victor Alessandro
    on October 14, 2009
    at 06:53 AM
  • Anybody can say anything they wish. This does not keep landfills from climbing, or oil spills from happening. My personal experience says that when I recycled as opposed to throwing everything in the trash, my trash has been reduced by almost half. It's not just metals, glass, and paper that are recycled, either. I worked for a company that reclaims solvents like alcohol and paint thinner. The companies are doing what they can. I shall do what I think I can.

    Virginia Jolly
    on October 12, 2009
    at 09:11 PM
  • I think Al Gore lost his mind when he lost the election!

    on October 12, 2009
    at 03:16 PM
  • "This issue needs to be sensationalised because otherwise we'll just keep on going until something really bad happens." -Adrian (on October 11, 2007
    at 11:26 AM)

    Herein lies the crux of the problem, as defined by Adrian's own admission: AGW and MMCC supporters aren't actually interested in "science" or "truth" -- merely results. As a geologist, I've had a chance to thoroughly see evidence from both sides of the debate and the ommissions (and flat-out falsification of data, i.e., NASA's GISS and the NCDC) carried out by GW supporters is appalling. The issue isn't about preserving the planet. The issues are: redistribution of wealth, indoctrination in favor of a preferred lifestyle, and governmental control over a mind-numbing amount of the private affairs of citizens. That's it. Need proof? See:

    on April 23, 2009
    at 04:12 PM
  • watched a show over the weekend Animal Plant, it was a documentary about a year in time (2008) in Yosemite National Park. For the record 2008 was the coldest year record in the park, in fact the park did not completely thaw out until May 08. the park had 50' of snow and on the out lying area of the park 10', now according to big Al and the other wacko's 08 was one of the so called warming years, temp's were rising so they say!! The doc. also pointed out the "guizers" in the park total more than ALL of the gizzers throughout world. and as the Bison come down from the high elevations to try and get warm, many are killed from the "tonicents" from these gizers!! how many bison have been killed by auto omissions????

    on April 01, 2009
    at 09:12 AM
  • I am very concerned about the misinformation that the Gov is peddling out amongst all.
    I used to be a real green peace supporter in the late 80's this has taken me this long to realise that i was being led up the garden path, and trying to understand the real science behind it all now. More worringly back in the late 80's people would laugh at me for talking about Global Warming, now it seems the awareness from the News etc has changed a lot of people's minds.
    What do we have to do get the truth out there?

    Vicky Richer
    on March 31, 2009
    at 02:20 PM
  • Politicians dont lie, they are just economical with the truth.

    Al Gore is a politician.

    The only absolute truth about Al Gores politically correct unscientific diatribe is that if you repeat a lie or half truth often enough, enough people will believe you for it to become an unassailable scientific fact, anyone opposing you is a Climate Change Denier. MMCC and GW lies are now subject to over-hyping supportive comments like the mentally challenged political hack who said that not believing in climate change is like not wearing a seat belt.

    jim barin
    on March 30, 2009
    at 09:02 AM
  • the people are now not cooperating theirselves even though they know what is happening in our world now... i hope evryone realize that our planet is more important than salary.. just realize it. you will know the truth...

    rhea lee
    on February 13, 2009
    at 12:56 PM
  • And yer even after these 9 inconvent lies he spouted off about in his junk science film gore still is awared two undeserved awards i mean those judges are just as bad for even nominating him for any award they might as soon give the NOBLE PEACE PRIZE TO OSAMA BIN LADEN or SADAM HUSAIN

    on November 22, 2008
    at 02:19 PM
  • I feel if the government want to peddle this propaganda to easily influenced and uninformed children, then they should compulsarily also show the Channel 4 programme that shows emminent scientists de-bunking a lot of the myths surrounding this issue. The whole green lobby should be careful though, they have peddled so many falsehoods and exagerations about this issue that people are starting to disbelieve their whole argument. A straw pole of 20 people, we are intelligent well informed techies and engineers, showed almost to a man that we believe the whole 'man made' global warming story to be total tosh! As an example not only is the snow on Mt Kilimajaro not receeding, according to a 40 year study by Norwegian scientists it is actually growing! It was originally receeding due to local deforestation and logging in colonial days, the area is gradually re-foresting moving the local temperarure back to pre-colonial levels. They just dont seem to like the facts getting in the way of their new religion and politicians are right up there cheerleading the whole thing as they can see massive tax raising opportunities over all this, from the congestion charge to land fill to airport taxes we are always told its to help the planet, complete tosh, its so they have even more of our money to waste on things like er -buying this balony film!

    David C
    on October 11, 2007
    at 11:29 AM
  • Andrew: America is the world's single largest polluter. They are using China as a political punch-bag and it has more to do with world power than any care for the level of pollutants in the atmosphere. Paul: Scientists assert what they believe to be true based on evidence that they have evaluated. Most scientists are not fear-mongering left-wingers as you seem to claim, and would happily go against the grain if that was what they believed. Money certainly would not dry up for dissenters, because there are just as many well-funded investors looking to push the alternative view. There are also plenty of impartial investors, contrary to your conspiracy-theory view. To make this an issue of left vs. right is idiotic. It is absolutely clear that the rate of change since the industrial revolution is stretching the available resources to the limits. Let's also not forget that currently just a small percentage of the world's population are using all of these resources. What about everyone else? They deserve to have exactly the same quality of life as us, and to deny that would be selfish in the extreme. What happens when all families in the world have two or more cars? This issue needs to be sensationalised because otherwise we'll just keep on going until something really bad happens. That might be mass death, or it might be oil going up to $200 a barrel. If we make people want to change for changes sake (and not for reasons of cost which is what usually drives any new mass market) then maybe we can find an alternative that works for everybody. I, for one, can't wait for the day that our most popular form of transport stops generating tons of lethal waste product.

    on October 11, 2007
    at 11:26 AM
  • I am curious if the Government are also planning to show "Fahrenheit 911" in schools. Or do they only with pushing polemic at children when it agrees with their preconceptions? The only "hockey sticks" that belong in schools are the ones on the playing fields.

    on October 11, 2007
    at 11:12 AM
  • This shows up the incredible interference by the Labour Government in education - having the gall to send out a copy of Gore's video to every school, when there is still very much a dispute about MMGW and nothing is definite, smacks solely of propaganda. The cost must have been ridiculous too. This should be front page news - yet again the Left Wing is determined to get its agenda into education. Many scientists dispute the causes of climate change - ( remember, climate has always changed, witness the growing of vines all over England pre 12th Century, in Roman times and before),yet the UN and those scientists paid by the Global Warming industry will not heed any argument, to the extent that some people are called "deniers" by those of feeble mind. As reported in your paper in March 07, Richard Lindzen, the professor of Atmospheric Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently claimed: "Scientists who dissent from the alarmism( of "Global warming" caused by man) have seen their funds disappear, their work derided, and themselves labelled as industry stooges. "Consequently, lies about climate change gain credence even when they fly in the face of the science." Dr Myles Allen, from Oxford University, agreed. He said: "The Green movement has hijacked the issue of climate change. It is ludicrous to suggest the only way to deal with the problem is to start micro managing everyone, which is what environmentalists seem to want to do."Nigel Calder, a former editor of New Scientist, said: "Governments are trying to achieve unanimity by stifling any scientist who disagrees. Einstein could not have got funding under the present system." The Government ( and the Tories to a large extent) is supporting the new "religion" which is clearly welcomed by many unquestioning and ill-informed people misled by scientists paid to find Man as the problem.

    Paul Butler
    on October 11, 2007
    at 10:55 AM
  • I will add another falsehood to the list: Chinese Emission standards are not even close to as tough as American and European standards.

    on October 11, 2007
    at 10:49 AM

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