Thursday, October 11, 2007

Judge Finds 9 Errors in Gore Film

A High Court judge in the UK, Mr Justice Barton, has issued his full ruling on Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, stating that the claims in the film are "exaggerated" and schools must warn children of the inaccuracies before showing it to them. All schoolchildren in th UK are shown the film in secondary school. A truck driver, Stewart Dimmock, took the case to court saying his children were being politically brainwashed.

The judge singled out nine specific scientific inaccuracies in the film which he said had arisen in "the context of alarmism and exaggeration":

Error: Gore asserted that a sea level rise of up to 20 feet would be caused by melting of ice sheets in the near future.
Judge: This is distinctly alarmist and will only occur after and over millenia.

Error: Low-lying Pacific atolls have already been evacuated.
Judge: There was no evidence of any evacuation having yet happened.

Error: The Gulf Stream that warms up the Atlantic would shut down.
Judge: Said it was "very unlikely" it would shut down in future, though it might slow down

Error: Graphs showing a rise in C02 and the rise in temperature over a period of 650,000 years showed "an exact fit"
Judge: There is a connection but "the two graphs do not establish what Mr Gore asserts"

Error: The disappearance of snow on Mt Kilimanjaro was due to global warming,
Judge: It cannot be established that the recession of snows on Mt Kilimanjaro is mainly attributable to human-induced climate change.

Error: The drying up of Lake Chad is a prime example of a catastrophic result of global warming
Judge: Insufficient to establish the exact cause (see our prior article on Lake Chad)

Error: Hurricane Katrina blamed on global warming
Judge: Insufficient evidence to show that

Error: Polar bears were being found that had drowned from exhaustion, having had to swim long distances to find the ice
Judge: Only four polar bears have recently been found drowned and that was due to a storm

Error: Coral reefs were bleaching because of global warming.
Judge: Separating the impact of stresses due to climate change from other stresses, such as over-fishing and pollution, was difficult.


Anonymous said...

You failed to mention that the judge quite clearly expressed that the movie won't be banned from schools, as Dimmock demanded, because the detected errors were minor in nature and that the movie contains four messages that are very well and truthfully documented: That climate change is made by man, that temperatures will rise further, that the climate change will have bad consequences and that it is possible for governments and individuals to do something about it.

Andrea said...

Although it was a brave move for the judge to hand down the ruling he did, it is just short of truly courageous. The movie won't be banned most likely because the government has invested a lot of money in it and it is shown with two films produced by the Department For Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The judge also ruled that the film was "political" and partisan and that the children must be told there is scientific debate still ongoing. If the judge has ruled it political in nature, then it should be banned. Political indoctrination has no place in a school.

If the motive is not just to scare and shock people, and if these statements as presented by Gore are untrue, why doesn't Gore come out and say so? Why not admit there are a few things in the film that might have been over the top? To not do so is blatantly dishonest.

The doomsday people will always be with us, the doom changes as often as the climate, but still, the end is not near.