Al Gore's controversial documentary on climate change, which earlier this year had been distributed to all secondary schools in England, has been judged unfit for viewing by students. The United Kingdom High Court ruling found the film as "representing partisan political views," a conclusion which means it can legally only be shown if accompanied by a warning about political indoctrination.
The case was brought by Kent school governor Stewart Dimmock, who claimed the film was politically partisan, and contained serious scientific inaccuracies. Dimmock's lawyers argued that showing the film was an attempt at "political brainwashing" of pupils and is in breach of the 2002 Education Act.
After hearing testimony from both sides, the High Court agreed, calling the film "alarmist and exaggerated". The ruling labelled nine specific points as factual errors in the documentary:
James M. Taylor, senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute, said the errors identified in the ruling are just the tip of the iceberg. "The British High Court properly recognized that Al Gore's movie is nine parts political propaganda and one part science. Virtually every assertion that Gore makes in the movie has been strongly contradicted by sound science," Taylor added.
A spokesman for the UK Government declined comment. However, prior to the ruling, Education Secretary Alan Johnson said that influencing the opinions of children was "crucial" to developing a long-term public view on the environment.
quote: climate change is mainly attributable to man-made emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide (‘greenhouse gases’)
quote: He's selecting only parts of the judgment that support his claim
quote: The United Kingdom High Court ruling found the film as "representing partisan political views," a conclusion which means it can legally only be shown if accompanied by a warning about political indoctrination.
quote: You either accept the judgment or not. If you pick out certain parts of it and leave out others, you're doing no different than Al Gore was when he misused research to further his own view.
quote: You can continue to believe that Michael presented the Judge's full judgement.
quote: Small omission? Masher posted something completely biased... the same Judge would probably force Mash to put a warning about political indoctrination...
quote: Funny... again omission is the greatest tool of the propaganda masters, and yet here you are trying to make it slide like a mistake on the author side.
quote: For instance "Judge says Gore film 'broadly accurate,' but lists nine problems with claims
quote: # I have no doubt that Dr Stott, the Defendant's expert, is right when he says that: "Al Gore's presentation of the causes and likely effects of climate change in the film was broadly accurate."
quote: How easy would it be to indoctrinate a child with this movie?
quote: What camp has the biggest share in terms of media highlight?...
quote: Most of the models do agree with this prediction.
quote: Well I'm sorry science never deals in certainties
quote: If we see a strong 'cause' or 'push' on a system in rough equilibrium (like the climate) and don't see an 'effect' it worries us. In this case, we do see the changes we'd expect, we're just arguing about the size of the effect.
quote: Guess we were wrong about global warming after all.
quote: No. Lake Chad has been drying up since (at least) the 1850s. Several studies have put the blame on local water use and grazing factors, not global warming. The same is true for Kilimanjaro; studies have demonstrated clearly its due to local factors.
quote: Education Secretary Alan Johnson said that influencing the opinions of children was "crucial" to developing a long-term public view on the environment.
quote: no sexualities are 'mental illnesses' but are totally normal
quote: This has got to be one of the most frightening things I have seen quoted by someone in a position in power.
quote: # In the event I was persuaded that only some of them were sufficiently persuasive to be relevant for the purposes of his argument, and it was those matters – 9 in all – upon which I invited Mr Chamberlain to concentrate. It was essential to appreciate that the hearing before me did not relate to an analysis of the scientific questions, but to an assessment of whether the 'errors' in question, set out in the context of a political film, informed the argument on ss406 and 407. All these 9 'errors' that I now address are not put in the context of the evidence of Professor Carter and the Claimant's case, but by reference to the IPCC report and the evidence of Dr Stott.The 'Errors'1. 'Error' 11: Sea level rise of up to 20 feet (7 metres) will be caused by melting of either West Antarctica or Greenland in the near future....
quote: In the circumstances, and for those reasons, in the light of the changes to the Guidance Note which the Defendant has agreed to make, and has indeed already made, and upon the Defendant's agreeing to send such amended Guidance Note out in hard copy, no order is made on this application, save in relation to costs, on which I shall hear Counsel.
quote: I am satisfied that, in order to establish and confirm that the purpose of sending the films to schools is not so as to "influence the opinions of children" (paragraph 7 above) but so as to "stimulate children into discussing climate change and global warming in school classes" (paragraph 6 above) a Guidance Note must be incorporated into the pack, and that it is not sufficient simply to have the facility to cross-refer to it on an educational website ...The Defendant does not intend now to continue with the old position, but has already amended the Guidance Note on the website, and stands ready to distribute it in hard copy... I am satisfied that, because insufficient attempt was made to counter the more one-sided views of Mr Gore, and, to some extent, by silence in the Guidance Note , those views were adopted, or at any rate discussion of them was not facilitated (and no adequate warning was given), there would have been a breach of ss406 and 407 of the Act but for the bringing of these proceedings and the conclusion that has now eventuated...In the circumstances, and for those reasons, in the light of the changes to the Guidance Note which the Defendant has agreed to make, and has indeed already made, and upon the Defendant's agreeing to send such amended Guidance Note out in hard copy, no order is made on this application
quote: However, as will be seen, some of the errors, or departures from the mainstream, by Mr Gore in AIT in the course of his dynamic exposition, do arise in the context of alarmism and exaggeration in support of his political thesis...
quote: Hurricane Katrina blamed on Global Warming.
quote: I know no such documentary is ever going to be made
quote: Sometimes scientific proof is irrelevant
quote: In other words, supposing for the moment that the evidence were overwhelmingly that human caused GW is happening
quote: I don't need to know anything about science to know that if I let go of a ball, it will fall to the ground, because I've done it before and I know the outcome. Similarly, I don't need a Harvard degree in Environmental Science to know that human-induced climate change is causing damage to this planet.
quote: Do you know that the reason for the current drop in crime across america is due to abortion being legalized two decades ago? Its true, its been proved. You wouldnt think it, would you? Look up Freakonomics and read it - it explains it pretty convincingly.