Inconvenient Errors

If I had the time…….well…. what a long list of things I would do. But one such thing would include becoming well-read on the climate change issue. Personally, I think that there is a lot of alarmist, political propaganda being tossed around. At the same time, I think we could and should all take any measures – small or big – to take better care of the earth. However, I am not convinced we are causing the climate change. “Global warming”, to me, is much like faith in evolution. Claims are made such as “all scientists agree” when, in fact, all scientists don’t agree. Even within the same camp. Claims of “proof” are plastered all over headlines, when in reality, it is far short of proof. So, having said that, the following was of interest to me.

British High Court judge Michael Burton ruled Wednesday Gore’s documentary should be shown in British schools only with guidance notes to prevent political indoctrination. The decision followed a lawsuit by a father, Stewart Dimmock, who claimed the film contained “serious scientific inaccuracies, political propaganda and sentimental mush.”

The judge, however, sided with Dimmock, who alleged the documentary breached the Education Act of 1996 by portraying “partisan political views.”

The court ruled the Guidance Notes to Teachers must make clear that:

* The film is a political work and promotes only one side of the argument.

* If teachers present the film without making this plain they may be in breach of section 406 of the Education Act 1996 and guilty of political indoctrination.

* Eleven inaccuracies have to be specifically drawn to the attention of school children.

The inaccuracies, according to the court, are:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. The film blames global warming for species losses including coral reef bleaching. The Government could not find any evidence to support this claim.

8. 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.

9. The film suggests that the Antarctic ice covering is melting; the evidence was that it is in fact increasing.

10. The film suggests that sea levels could rise by seven meters, causing the displacement of millions of people. In fact, the evidence is that sea levels are expected to rise by about 40 centimeters over the next hundred years and that there is no such threat of massive migration.

11. 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.

See the whole article on WorldNetDaily.

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4 Responses to Inconvenient Errors

  1. Meagan says:

    That is fascinating, and at the same time disconcerting. Is this to mean that we can’t believe everything we see in a movie (sarcasm here, ha ha, but only kidding.) I didn’t realize that the film was this inaccurate.

  2. Angela says:

    I should add that I haven’t even watched the movie yet. But I’ve been skeptical since it first came out. I do plan on watching it at some point. However, the only time I watch any tv is with Graeme and since we only see each other a few days a month, and then, only sometimes watch something, I don’t know when I’ll get a chance!

  3. megtroy says:

    I hear ya. Thomas the Tank Engine is one of the only programs I follow, and that’s not even by choice!

  4. Cathy says:

    I live in an area that is at the center of the great global warming controversy. I can tell you that opinions are very strong around here. We have a lot of communities, Like Kivalina and Shishmaref that are being effected by erosion problems. There have been unprecedented instances of walrus “haul outs” on the coast northwester coast of Alaska during a time of year when they are normally hauling out on pack ice. Polar Bears are doing a lot more swimming lately. Willow and alder bushes are ranging further north into areas that were in past only tundra. We have areas where there is significant melting of the permafrost. If you had to ask me my uneducated opinion I would have to say this…….

    Is the temperature getting warming and the climate in the Arctic region of Alaska changing?
    I would say yes, I think that it is. We have evidence that at least here in Arctic Alaska that is the case.

    Is this a result of man made polution??
    I don’t know, I am not convinced of this. It seems to me that the Earth has a history of warming and cooling. That these warming and cooling cycles have been going on for millions of years. Even within the Pleistoscene there were periods of warming and cooling within what is considered the “Ice Age”. I am sure that the pollution that is caused by human kind is of no benefit to the Earth, however I am not convinced that it is the sole cause of the current warming trend.

    But then again what do I know šŸ™‚

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