British Court Rules 'Inconvenient Truth' Represents 'Partisan Political Views,' Requires School Disclaimer
CHICAGO, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On October 2, 2007 a British
court found Al Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth, to be politically
biased, and it ruled teachers must warn students of that bias before
showing the film.
In the statement below, James M. Taylor, senior fellow for environment
policy at The Heartland Institute, elaborates on factual errors in the film
identified by the court and comments on the ruling. You may quote from this
statement or contact Taylor directly at 941/776-5690, firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth, represents 'partisan political
views' and must be treated as such by teachers in British schools, a
British High Court judge has indicated.
"The British court was swayed by numerous factual inaccuracies
portrayed in the movie. Among them:
-- The film claims global warming is responsible for the gradual
retreat of the alpine glacier atop Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro. Scientists
have conclusively demonstrated no such link exists.
-- The film presents graphs indicating that fluctuating carbon dioxide
levels have always preceded and caused global temperature fluctuations. In
fact, temperature changes have always preceded carbon dioxide changes.
-- The film suggests global warming caused Hurricane Katrina. Few
hurricane experts believe this, and substantial scientific evidence
indicates global warming is having no impact on hurricane frequency or
-- The film asserts global warming is causing Central Africa's Lake
Chad to dry up. In fact, land use practices are causing the drying up of
Lake Chad, and Central Africa is in an unusual and prolonged wet period.
-- The film asserts global warming is leading to polar bear deaths by
drowning. Yet the only documented drowning deaths occurred due to a freak
storm, and polar bear numbers are growing substantially.
-- The film claims global warming threatens to halt the Gulf Stream and
initiate a new ice age. The vast majority of scientists who have studied
the issue have determined such a scenario is implausible.
-- The film asserts global warming is causing the destruction of coral
reefs through bleaching. Scientists have identified other causes for coral
bleaching and have additionally noted bleaching is a natural process by
which coral continually selects ideal symbiotic algae.
-- The film asserts Greenland is in danger of rapid ice melt that will
raise sea levels by 20 feet or more. The scientific consensus is that any
foreseeable Greenland ice melt will be gradual and will take centuries to
substantially raise sea levels.
-- The film asserts the Antarctic ice shelf is melting. In fact, only a
small portion of Antarctica is getting warmer and losing ice mass, while
the vast majority of Antarctica is in a prolonged cold spell and is
accumulating ice mass.
"Also highlighted in court arguments was Al Gore's admission in Grist
Magazine that 'I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation
of factual presentations on how dangerous it [global warming] is.'
"As a result of the partisan political nature of Gore's film, school
teachers will not be allowed to show the movie without telling their
students the film is scientifically controversial.
"The British High Court properly recognized that Al Gore's movie is
nine parts political propaganda and one part science. Virtually every
assertion that Gore makes in the movie has been strongly contradicted by
"The British court decision should guide teachers in the U.S. to
similarly treat Gore's movie as the inaccurate and misleading propaganda
tool that it is."
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And if the Brits can see this...and SAY this...Why the hell can't we without hearing BS flung at us?
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~Edmund Burke