Some Convenient Distortions

A Brief Guide to Distortions, Misleading Statements, Exaggerations, and Errors in Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth

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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.

Some distortion is inevitable in any popular presentation of technical scientific and economic issues. But in AIT we find example after example—and all serve to promote alarm and regulatory activism. AIT is not a balanced assessment of the issues. Following is a partial list of AIT’s many distortions grouped by category.