A Skeptic’s Primer on Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth

One-Sided, Misleading, Exaggerated, Speculative, Wrong

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Former Vice President Al Gore’s Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth (AIT) 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 AIT.