Stewart Dimmock of Kent, England deserves a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, though I doubt he’ll make the list.
This is the man who took Britain’s Department of Children, Schools and Families to court over their decision to brainwash children via a mandatory showing in British school’s of Al Gore’s highly politicized “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Mr. Dimmock took them to court and won a surprising victory. The High Court judge will allow the film to be shown, but it has to be accompanied by a study guide explaining the errors in Mr. Gore’s sensationalist diatribe. Actually the words the judge used to describe the film were “alarmist” and “Armageddon.”
Mr. Justice Burton deserves a large thank-you for his careful exegesis of The Terrible, Awful, No-Good World of AlGore. I never thought to see this smack-down come so soon… what a pleasant surprise.
There are nine errors the Judge found, but he begins with a damned-by-faint-praise preface to his enumeration:
…while the film was dramatic and highly professional, it formed part the ex-politician’s global crusade on climate change and not all the claims were supported by the current mainstream scientific consensus.
The fact is that few, if any climatology experts agree with Mr. Gore’s publicity stunt. His list of “experts” is risible:
Al Gore and other global warming enthusiasts are fond of reciting that 2,611 scientists have signed a letter stating that global warming poses a serious and real threat. Yet, only about one in ten of the so-called 2611 scientists had scientific expertise. And only 5 out the 2,611 so-called scientists had training in climate, weather or other atmospheric sciences. That is less than 1/2 of one percent. Excuse me, for being underwhelmed.
Perhaps more revealing is that Gore’s list of “scientists” included landscape architects, psychologists, lawyers, a philosopher, a dermatologist, a gynecologist, and a diplomat. On this flimsy basis, as only Al Gore can, he tells us that the “debate is over” and that there is complete agreement.
The truth is that more than 17,000 scientists (not landscape architects, dermatologists or diplomats) have signed a petition stating, in part, that “there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.” This petition was circulated by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, an independent research foundation that is not funded by industry. This petition was signed by more than 2,100 physicists, geophysicists, climatologists, meteorologists, and environmental scientists and by more than another 4,400 scientists with expertise on carbon dioxide’s effects on plant and animal life.
An inconvenient truth that Gore has failed to reveal are his low grades in Environmental Science when he was in college. The truth is, looking back at Gore’s life you see a trail littered with lies, including the most infamous fabrication prior to his Chicken Little global warming mythology — his claim that he invented the internet. Sure you did, Al.
Here are the nine inconvenient facts the judge listed in contradicting Mr. Gore’s film:
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Al Gore: A sea-level rise of up to 20 feet would be caused by melting of either West Antarctica or Greenland “in the near future”.
The judge’s finding: “This is distinctly alarmist and part of Mr. Gore’s “wake-up call”. It was common ground that if Greenland melted it would release this amount of water — “but only after, and over, millennia.”
Gore: Low-lying inhabited Pacific atolls are already “being inundated because of anthropogenic global warming.”
Judge: There was no evidence of any evacuation having yet happened.
Gore: The documentary described global warming potentially “shutting down the Ocean Conveyor” — the process by which the Gulf Stream is carried over the North Atlantic to western Europe.
Judge: According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it was “very unlikely” it would be shut down, though it might slow down.
Gore: He asserted — by ridiculing the opposite view — that two graphs, one plotting a rise in CO2 and the other the rise in temperature over a period of 650,000 years, showed “an exact fit”.
Judge: Although there was general scientific agreement that there was a connection, “the two graphs do not establish what Mr Gore asserts”.
Gore: The disappearance of snow on Mt Kilimanjaro was expressly attributable to global warming.
Judge: This “specifically impressed” David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, but the scientific consensus was that it cannot be established that the recession of snows on Mt Kilimanjaro is mainly attributable to human-induced climate change.
Gore: The drying up of Lake Chad was used in the film as a prime example of a catastrophic result of global warming, said the judge.
Judge: “It is generally accepted that the evidence remains insufficient to establish such an attribution. It is apparently considered to be far more likely to result from other factors, such as population increase and over-grazing, and regional climate variability.”
Gore: Hurricane Katrina and the consequent devastation in New Orleans to global warming.
Judge: There is “insufficient evidence to show that”.
Gore: Referred to a new scientific study showing that, for the first time, polar bears were being found that had actually drowned “swimming long distances — up to 60 miles — to find the ice”.
Judge: “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.” That was not to say there might not in future be drowning-related deaths of bears if the trend of regression of pack ice continued — “but it plainly does not support Mr Gore’s description”.
Gore: Coral reefs all over the world were bleaching because of global warming and other factors.
Judge: The IPCC had reported that, if temperatures were to rise by 1-3 degrees centigrade, there would be increased coral bleaching and mortality, unless the coral could adapt. But separating the impacts of stresses due to climate change from other stresses, such as over-fishing, and pollution was difficult.
Our thanks to the judge for making these substantial cracks in the foundations of AlGore’s questionable hypothesis. It is comforting to know that at least Britain has some kind of check in place to prevent a nationwide brainwashing of school children.
Soon this alarmist piece of propaganda will join its ancestors in the memory hole. Remember global cooling in the ’70s? Remember Jimmy Carter wearing his cardigan sweater while he told us that oil was quickly running out and we’d all have to turn our thermostats down? Remember the Club of Rome’s dire predictions about the limits to growth and the coming worldwide famine? Remember Dr. Caldicott’s zealous belief that the nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia was inevitable? All down the fond memory hole — “fond” in Shakespeare’s sense, I mean.
Finally we have the beginnings of Gore’s spiral into darkness. With the big money backing he has, it won’t be an immediate spiral to join the other alarmists and Henny Pennys of the last two centuries. And just because Gore’s bizarre theories are being discredited doesn’t mean we will stop hearing from him. just as Jimmah from the Ummah remains quite visible in the pages of the MSM, so will Gore.
Come to think of it, both of these charlatans are excellent examples of the Peter Principle. The Nobel Peace Prize seems to have more than its share of charlatans. A century from now their nominee lists will be as respectfullly remembered as an “Inconvenient Truth.” The mills of God grind slowly…
It’s unfortunate that Gaia can’t sue Gore for slander.