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The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

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Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

It is clear to me that nothing in life is worth was it used to be. This must certainly be the case for Al Gore to win a Nobel Peace prize.? After all, Al Gore is a politician which just about guarantees anything that he says is a lie – and the British government agrees!?

In?the article “Global Warming a ‘Planetary emergency.’ says? Novelist Gore” Oct. 16 2007, only a vague mention of the British court case that states it okay to show the movie, but does not list the stipulations that must accompany the movie.

Al Gore must be seen as the Olympic athlete who won a gold medal and was found to be doing steroids and performance enhancing drugs during the competition. He must be striped of any notoriety for his lies. The following is paraphrased from the British courts findings.? Please do not just take my word for it, prove it to yourselves.

The British government decided that it would be a good idea to send copies of Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ to all schools, with then Environment Secretary (now Foreign Secretary) David Miliband declaring that “the debate over science is over.”

Well, it may be, but not in the way Gore portrays it. A truck driver and school governor, Stuart Dimmock, took the government to court alleging that the film portrays “partisan political views,” the promotion of which is illegal in schools under the Education Act of 1996.

The judge decided that this is?indeed the case and the government’s guidance notes that accompanied the film exacerbated the problem. For the film to be shown in schools, several facts would have to be drawn to students’ attention.

In order for the film to be shown, the government must first amend their Guidance Notes to Teachers to make clear that the film is a political work and promotes only one side of the argument. If teachers present the film without making this plain they may be in breach of Section 406 of the Education Act 1996 and guilty of political indoctrination. 11 inaccuracies have to be specifically drawn to the attention of school children.

These inaccuracies include: The film claims that melting snows on Mount Kilimanjaro evidence global warming. The government’s expert was forced to concede that this is not correct.

The film suggests that evidence from ice cores proves that rising CO2 causes temperature increases over 650,000 years. The court found that the film was misleading: over that period the rises in CO2 lagged behind the temperature rises by 800-2000 years.

The film uses emotive images of Hurricane Katrina and suggests this has been caused by global warming. The government’s expert had to accept that it was “not possible” to attribute one-off events to global warming.

The film shows the drying up of Lake Chad and claims that this was caused by global warming. The government’s expert had to accept that this was not the case.

The film claims that a study showed that polar bears had drowned due to disappearing arctic ice. It turned out that Mr. Gore had misread the study: in fact four polar bears drowned and this was because of a particularly violent storm.

The film threatens that global warming could stop the Gulf Stream, throwing Europe into an ice age: the Claimant’s evidence was that this was a scientific impossibility.

The film blames global warming for species losses including coral reef bleaching. The government could not find any evidence to support this claim.

The film suggests that the Greenland ice covering could melt causing sea levels to rise dangerously. The evidence is that Greenland will not melt for millennia.

The film suggests that the Antarctic ice covering is melting, the evidence was that it is in fact increasing.

The film suggests that sea levels could rise by 7 meters, causing the displacement of millions of people. In fact the evidence is that sea levels are expected to rise by about 40 centimeters over the next hundred years; there is no such threat of massive migration.

This is a far better result than refusing to allow the film to be shown at all. It requires that students be told by teachers that Al Gore is factually inaccurate, misleading and – in one case – making things up.

Bruce C. Mc Donald

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