Having won an Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore is headed to Capitol Hill on March 21 to perform before an even more important crowd: lawmakers who could pass legislation that would make energy unaffordable for many Americans.
The film and its companion book purport to be a non-partisan, non-ideological exposition of climate science. In reality, the film is a computer-enhanced lawyer’s brief for global warming alarmism and energy rationing. The only facts and studies Gore considers are those convenient to his scare-them-green agenda. And in numerous instances, he distorts the evidence he cites.
This On Point is organized as follows. Section I highlights some of the many distortions in AIT. Sections II, III, and IV examine Gore’s scariest claims. He blames the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on global warming and warns of a warming-triggered mini-Ice Age in Europe and of catastrophic sea-level rise. Section V challenges the moral bona fides of carbon-suppression schemes like the Kyoto Protocol. Sections II through V are referenced to the book version of An Inconvenient Truth.