Oct 09 2007

Al Gore’s Inconvenient Falsehoods

Published by at 10:21 am under All General Discussions,Global Warming

A UK court is looking into all the falsehoods Al Gore placed in his science fiction movie “Inconvenient Truth”. It seems the court needed to determine what was truth and fiction so that when it is played to school children they don’t start believing falsehoods are facts. The list is of Gore’s inconvenient falsehoods is impressive:

  • The film claims that melting snows on Mount Kilimanjaro evidence global warming. The Government’s expert was forced to concede that this is not correct.
  • The film suggests that evidence from ice cores proves that rising CO2 causes temperature increases over 650,000 years. The Court found that the film was misleading: over that period the rises in CO2 lagged behind the temperature rises by 800-2000 years.
  • The film uses emotive images of Hurricane Katrina and suggests that this has been caused by global warming. The Government’s expert had to accept that it was “not possible” to attribute one-off events to global warming.
  • The film shows the drying up of Lake Chad and claims that this was caused by global warming. The Government’s expert had to accept that this was not the case.
  • The film claims that a study showed that polar bears had drowned due to disappearing arctic ice. It turned out that Mr Gore had misread the study: in fact four polar bears drowned and this was because of a particularly violent storm.
  • The film threatens that global warming could stop the Gulf Stream throwing Europe into an ice age: the Claimant’s evidence was that this was a scientific impossibility.
  • The film blames global warming for species losses including coral reef bleaching. The Government could not find any evidence to support this claim.
  • The film suggests that the Greenland ice covering could melt causing sea levels to rise dangerously. The evidence is that Greenland will not melt for millennia.
  • The film suggests that the Antarctic ice covering is melting, the evidence was that it is in fact increasing.
  • The film suggests that sea levels could rise by 7m causing the displacement of millions of people. In fact the evidence is that sea levels are expected to rise by about 40cm over the next hundred years and that there is no such threat of massive migration.
  • The film claims that rising sea levels has caused the evacuation of certain Pacific islands to New Zealand. The Government are unable to substantiate this and the Court observed that this appears to be a false claim.
  • Well, he did get the fact we live on the planet Earth right, so he’s not a total idiot I guess.

    4 responses so far

    4 Responses to “Al Gore’s Inconvenient Falsehoods”

    1. stevevvs says:

      Are You on the Junk Science Email alert list too?

    2. jack says:

      Do you have any references?

    3. BarbaraS says:

      Not so fast, AJ. Not withstanding the fact that he got the planet right, he is still a total idiot.

    4. dirkkoopmans says:

      Good issue to post. There were definitely false statements in an Inconvenient Truth – but the court decided that it could be shown to British kids with a caveat introduction of more or less “not everything in this documentary is true, but the message is valid so we’re going to talk about it.”

      Instead of rejecting the evidence of climate change because Gore lies, research the evidence first-hand. Look up climate change on Google Scholar and decide for yourself where the “scientific consensus” lies.

      There’s no competition – carbon dioxide is causing warming – though the amount of warming and future rates are totally undecided.

    5. grimus26 says:

      yes, because they give the nobel peace price to total idiots. good call.