At the D.C. Premiere: ‘A Convenient Fiction’

By April 19, 2007Global Warming

Attended the Washington, D.C., premiere of the “An Inconvenient Truth, or Convenient Fiction?” the film that refutes and pokes fun at Al Gore’s extreme claims in his environmental mockumentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” (Gentle fun. The documentarian, Steven F. Hayward, may be big-boned, as the New York Times describes him, but he appears to not have a malicious bone in his body.)

It was a good event hosted by the Heritage Foundation and the Pacific Research Institute. The film ably demonstrates how Gore picks and chooses only the most dramatic — and scientifically weak — projections to forecast doom, and with those projections, demand wrenching economic and societal change. Hayward:

“The problem with Vice President Gore and other global warming extremists is that they distort the science, grossly exaggerate the risks, argue that anyone who disagrees with them is corrupt, and suggest that solutions are easy and cheap. And that’s an all too convenient fiction.”

Hayward makes an important point in describing Gore as a pessimist, afflicted with a Weltschmerz that does not fit well with the reality of politics.

Anyway, Fred Barnes has already done a bang-up job reviewing the film, so rather than rehash his points, we’ll just link to his column from The Weekly Standard. And suggest that any teachers who show “An Inconvenient Truth” to their classes should feel themselves compelled by a sense of fairness to also screen the rebuttal.

The movie premieres next Tuesday in New York City. More details here.