The buzz is that former Vice President Al Gore is a possible recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless work on behalf of poverty and self-abnegation. Unfortunately, the Nobel folks slipped up this week and gave a well-deserved Literature Prize to Doris Lessing, breaking with the usual tradition of recognizing Austrian pornographers or anti-American polemicists. So we’ll pay attention for just a little while longer.
Gore’s claim to intellectual prestige and peace props rests on “An Inconvenient Truth,” his book and alleged documentary on global warming. So we note, again, that the movie is bunk, based on conscious distortions of the truth. The volume of fact-filled rebuttals is huge, but one can start with Marlo Lewis Jr.’s “Al Gore’s Science Fiction: A Skeptic’s Guide to An Inconvenient Truth” from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
In England, a judge recently ruled that the documentary is a political document and must be presented as such if it is to be used in schools.
In order for the film to be shown, the Government must first amend their Guidance Notes to Teachers to make clear that 1.) The Film is a political work and promotes only one side of the argument. 2.) 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. 3.) Eleven inaccuracies have to be specifically drawn to the attention of school children.
This post by Iain Murray details the inaccuracies.
The last six months or so have seen a remarkable shift in informed opinion about global warming, documented well at Sen. Jim Inhofe’s blog at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. For example, from August 20: “New Peer-Reviewed Scientific Studies Chill Global Warming Fears.” The strength of the push-back comes, in part, out of resentment at having collectivist economics pushed in a worldwide political campaign masked by a shroud of green. A Nobel Peace Prize for Al Gore? That would be just more of the same campaign, and if it happens, it will not pass unchallenged.
UPDATE (6:05 p.m.) Freudeschaden:
Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider threw cold water on the rampant speculation, however, in an email exchange with The Fix earlier today.
“The events in California were postponed because of a request to participate in senior level meetings on the climate crisis in Asia,” Kreider said. “However, early Thursday morning these meetings were postponed.” As a result, Gore will resume his planned trip in California today and tomorrow will be a “normal long business day” according to Kreider. On Saturday, Gore is set to return to his home in Nashville.
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