Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Goracle's Eleven

The Goracle's mockumentary "An Inconvenient Truth" may have won an Oscar, but a court in Great Britain is finding it should have been in the "Best Dramatic Motion Picture" category. In case you haven't heard, (And why should you have? No one in the MSM is carrying this story) a British truck driver has filed a lawsuit to prevent the airing of "An Inconvenient Truth" in British public schools. Now, the court hearing the case has identified eleven (only eleven?) material falsehoods in the movie that prompted the court to require that, prior to the film being shown in schools, the teachers must make clear that the movie is a political work and promotes only one side of the argument and point out the eleven inaccuracies. If not, the teacher may be found guilty of section 406 of the Education Act of 1996 regarding political indoctrination.

What are Gore's eleven lies?
  • 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.
  • What are the chances a suit like that would succeed in the U.S.?

    1 comment:

    Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

    Tom: "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."

    Man... I wanted beach front property on the cheap. I had better run my work truck all over creation for no reason. I'm so behind!