A Convenient Half-Truth

I see where Al Gore was in your part of the woods over the weekend at the annual meeting of the Society of Enviromental Journalists held at the Madison Concourse Hotel. Here is a blurb from an article in the Wisconsin State Journal,

In what organizers said was a rarity, Gore took half a dozen questions from journalists, including one from Phelim McAleer, an Irish filmmaker who asked Gore to address nine errors in his film identified by a British court in 2007.

“Gore responded that the court ruling supported the showing of his film in British schools. When McAleer tried to debate further, his microphone was cut off by the moderators.”

What the newspaper failed to say was that the Judge ruled the movie could not be shown unless the following statements were made prior to it’s showing:

Gore’s claim: A retreating glacier on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is evidence of global warming.
(1) Finding: The government’s expert witness conceded this was not correct.

Gore: Ice core samples prove that rising levels of carbon dioxide have caused temperature increases.
(2) Finding: Rises in carbon dioxide actually lagged behind temperature increases by 800-2000 years.

Gore: Global warming triggered Hurricane Katrina, devastating New Orleans.
(3) Finding: The government’s expert accepted it was “not possible” to attribute one-off events to global warming.

Gore: Global warming is causing Africa’s Lake Chad to dry up.
(4) Finding: The government’s expert accepted that this was not the case.

Gore: Polar bears had drowned due to disappearing Arctic ice.
(5) Finding: Only four polar bears drowned, due to a particularly violent storm.

Gore: Global warming could stop the Gulf Stream, plunging Europe into a new ice age.
(6) Finding: A scientific impossibility.

Gore: Species losses, including coral reef bleaching, are the result of global warming.
(7) Finding: No evidence to support the claim.

Gore: Melting ice in Greenland could cause sea levels to rise dangerously.
(8) Finding: Greenland ice will not melt for millennia.

Gore: Ice cover in Antarctica is melting.
(9) Finding: It is, in fact, increasing.

Gore: Sea levels could rise by seven metres, causing the displacement of millions of people.
(10) Finding: Sea levels are expected to rise by about 40 centimetres over 100 years.

In fact the Judge ruled that showing the movie without the disclamers would be illegal. I don’t know the Jourmals political leanings but quoting Gore without giving the whole truth is in fact, a convenient half-truth.


  1. Not commenting on what you wrote, just the title. That joke was funny 4 years ago. Come on, Randy! I know you got something better than that. Like “Al Snore” or something, haha.

  2. I still can’t figure out how Gore bamboozled so many. What a snake-oil salesman.

  3. Cindy, I can’t figure out how Obama bamboozled so many either. Both men are benefitting from a world-wide population that’s drinking the Kool-Aid, or maybe it’s the snake-oil! Is that what community organizers are serving now?

  4. Randy in Richmond says:

    I had several but I thought this was different because I’m talking about the newspaper (Wisconsin State Journal), not Sir Gore.