[asa] Re: [asa] FYI: Gore´s 9 errors

From: Michael Roberts <michael.andrea.r@ukonline.co.uk>
Date: Wed Oct 10 2007 - 21:15:45 EDT

This ruling posted by some mysterious IW in fact gives no substance against
global warming.

It is a pity that we know nothing about IW who seems to keep himself very
private

Michael
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Subject: [asa] FYI: Gore´s 9 errors

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/7037671.stm

Gore climate film's 'nine errors'
Al Gore in promotional still
Al Gore's film was sent to schools in England, Wales and Scotland
A High Court judge who ruled on whether climate change film, An
Inconvenient Truth, could be shown in schools said it contains "nine
scientific errors".

Mr Justice Burton said the government could still send the film to
schools - if accompanied by guidance giving the other side of the
argument.

He was ruling on an attempt by a Kent school governor to ban the film
from secondary schools.

The Oscar-winning film was made by former US Vice-President Al Gore.

The judge said nine statements in the film were not supported by
mainstream scientific consensus.

In his final verdict, the judge said the film could be shown as long as
updated guidelines were followed.

These say teachers should point out controversial or disputed sections.

Without the guidance, updated after the case was launched, the
government would have been breaking the law, the judge said.

The government has sent the film to all secondary schools in England,
and the administrations in Wales and Scotland have done the same.

'Landmark victory'

Mr Justice Burton told London's High Court that distributing the film
without the guidance to counter its "one-sided" views would breach
education laws.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families was not under a duty
to forbid the film, provided it was accompanied by the guidance, he
said.

"I conclude that the claimant substantially won this case by virtue of
my finding that, but for the new guidance note, the film would have
been distributed in breach of sections 406 and 407 of the 1996
Education Act", he said.

The nine errors stated by the judge included:

# Mr Gore's assertion that a sea-level rise of up to 20 feet would be
# caused by melting of ice in either West Antarctica or Greenland "in
# the near future". The judge said this was "distinctly alarmist" and
# it was common ground that if Greenland's ice melted it would release
# this amount of water - "but only after, and over, millennia".

# Mr Gore's assertion that the disappearance of snow on Mount
# Kilimanjaro in East Africa was expressly attributable to global
# warming - the court heard the scientific consensus was that it cannot
# be established the snow recession is mainly attributable to
# human-induced climate change.

# Mr Gore's reference to a new scientific study showing that, for the
# first time, polar bears had actually drowned "swimming long distances
# - up to 60 miles - to find the ice". The judge said: "The only
# scientific study that either side before me can find is one which
# indicates that four polar bears have recently been found drowned
# because of a storm."

The case was brought by school governor Stewart Dimmock, from Dover, a
father of two.

His lawyers described the ruling as a "landmark victory".

Mr Dimmock said: "I am elated with today's result, but still
disappointed that the film is able to be shown in schools.

Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro has had its snow reduce in recent years

"If it was not for the case brought by myself, our young people would
still be being indoctrinated with this political spin."

The judge awarded Mr Dimmock two-thirds of his estimated legal costs of
more than £200,000, against the government.

BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin said the ruling would be
"embarrassing for Mr Gore" but would not affect the government, which
said it is happy that the judge did not dismiss the film's mainstream
argument.

But, he added, this controversy could encourage the public to think
there was scientific doubt about the facts of climate change.

Children's Minister Kevin Brennan had earlier said: "It is important to
be clear that the central arguments put forward in An Inconvenient
Truth, that climate change is mainly caused by man-made emissions of
greenhouse gases and will have serious adverse consequences, are
supported by the vast weight of scientific opinion.

"Nothing in the judge's comments today detract from that."

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