Inaccuracies in Al Gore's An Inconvenient
Truth - A Ruling of the British High Court
The decision by the British Government to distribute Al Gore's film
Inconvenient Truth" has been the subject of a legal action by New Party
member Stewart Dimmock. The Court found that the film was
in nine respects and that the Guidance Notes drafted by the
Secretary’s advisors served only to exacerbate the political propaganda
in the film.
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.) Nine inaccuracies have to be specifically drawn to
the attention of school children.
The inaccuracies 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
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 sea levels could rise by 7 m causing the
displacement of millions of people. In fact the evidence is that sea
levels are expected to rise by about 40 cm over the next hundred years
and that there is no such threat of massive migration.
9. The film claims that rising sea levels has caused the evacuation of
certain Pacific islands to New Zealand. The Government was unable
to substantiate this and the Court observed that this appears to be a
Also, the Court's interim ruling included the following:
1. 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.
2. The film suggests that the Antarctic ice covering is melting, the
evidence was that it is in fact increasing.