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Fri, 2009-01-30 12:09Richard Littlemore
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A Tardy Canadian Tackles An Inconvenient Truth

More Gore-Bashing

The neo-con Frontier Centre for Public Policy, long a promoter of oil-sponsored deniers of climate change, has produced a new “background paper” that challenges the showing of An Inconvenient Truth in Canadian schools on the basis of a 15-month-old UK Court decision.

The report, written by high school social studies teacher and Steinbach, Manitoba city councillor Michael Zwaagstra, declares that “there is no demonstrable causal relationship between the CO2 record and the temperature record at any point in earth’s history,” and goes on to complain that Gore’s movie (which presents this information rather more accurately) should therefore only be allowed into Canadian schools with a stern warning to students.

Tue, 2007-10-30 11:10Ross Gelbspan
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Mine Magnate Blinds School Children to the "Truth"

The school governor who challenged the screening of Al Gore's climate change documentary in secondary schools was funded by a Scottish quarrying magnate who established a controversial lobbying group to attack environmentalists' claims about global warming.
Wed, 2007-10-17 13:50Chris Mooney
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The Paradox of Al Gore

The Paradox of Al Gore When Al Gore won the Nobel Peace prize last Friday–along with the very deserving U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change–the fulminations predictably followed. Previous victims of what Paul Krugman calls “Gore Derangement Syndrome” had new flare-ups of the disease, often in the most embarrassing of places. There was a rash of bad science reporting, suggesting that Gore's An Inconvenient Truth (the film version) is somehow much more inaccurate than it actually is.

And then came the powerful defenses of Gore, the skewerings of the Gore deranged, and just general voicing of reason. Alas, the Gore defenders, while being broadly accurate about Gore's “broadly accurate” film, also seem to have missed some key matters that bear addressing.

So let's add some needed perspective here.

A DeSmogBlog exclusive weekly column by best-selling author and science writer, Chris Mooney.
Tue, 2007-10-16 22:54Richard Littlemore
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U.K. Court Coverage: A Clean Kill for Climate Confusion

Media Matters has a nice wrap on how the U.S. mainstream media covered the U.K. High Court decision that approved An Inconvenient Truth for continued broadcast in U.K. schools.

In a few cases, the news slipped through that the judge had actually rejected Stewart Dimmock's request to block the movie's broadcast or insist that it be accompanied by trashy “balancing” videos (The Great Global Warming Swindle, anyone?). But mostly, papers just reported that Al Gore had been caught out overstating the case.

You have to be impressed when a disppointed plaintiff can spin a court loss that successfully. But equally, you have to wonder, did any of those reporters actually read the judgment?

Mon, 2007-10-15 19:13Richard Littlemore
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The Observer Confirms Source of U.K. Suit Funding

Dimmock, Durward, et al, are disrobed.

For a background on the issue, check our earlier posts here and here.

And here's further background on the “Scientific Alliance” and Robert Duward…


Fri, 2007-10-12 08:06Jim Hoggan
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Put Politics Aside and Celebrate Al Gore's Nobel Prize

First, our warmest congratulations to Al Gore. The Nobel Prize is one of the world's great honors and, in our view, one that is extremely well-deserved.

But I'm conscious that the standing ovation Gore is enjoying today is not exactly unanimous. The climate change conversation has become polarized - and belligerent - over the last decade. And Al Gore - a politician who dared to address a controversial public issue outside the conventional political process - has become a lightning rod for some hyper-political criticism. How can we get people from all points on the political spectrum to celebrate Gore's Nobel Prize without feeling that they are sacrificing their own cherished political interests?

Thu, 2007-10-11 17:10Kevin Grandia
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Questionable funding uncovered in the Al Gore UK High Court Case

Update: This latest attack on Al Gore is at the hands of the “Scientific Alliance” - a group well-known to DeSmogBlog.

Busted? Looks like something fishy is going on with the funding behind the UK high court challenge against The Inconvenient Truth being viewed in schools.

The court case was brought forward by a “concerned parent” and “New Party” member Stewart Dimmock.

In a BBC Radio interview last night, Dimmock refused to divulge who fronted the 60,000 quid in court costs.


Mon, 2007-08-20 14:42Kevin Grandia
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Come on, why let mere facts ruin your day?

I think we'll just keep repeating the question until we get an answer:

Where's the science? Where's the science? Where's the science?

The latest think tank effort is a video by the oil-industry-friendly Heartland Institute, who is just begging for attention as the Al Gore attack dog.

The video outlines some of the more popular denier themes (and deniers) around Gore's Inconvenient Truth - like somehow discrediting Gore is a way of discrediting the body of literature around human-made climate change.

The tag-line at the end of the video is the best part: “Don't let fear ruin your day, learn the facts.”

Mon, 2007-05-14 14:11Kevin Grandia
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Inconvenient Truth blocked by a Swindle-touting trustee

Update #2: the Surrey School Board issued a correction late yesterday stating that: “On Monday, the Curriculum Review Committee recommended the “An Inconvenient Truth” video as an instructional resource, as per the Surrey School District's regular curriculum approval process. When the DVDs are received by the district, they will be distributed to all secondary schools.”

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