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Author: Bob Webster
Date:  June 28, 2006

Topic category:  Other/General

More Inconvenient Facts
(An Inconvenient Truth = more climate change lies)

Al Gore's film has an adoring press writing glowing reviews. The mythology and blatant misrepresentations that permeate Gore's fiction illustrate just how dangerous such propaganda can be in its influence on an unsuspecting public.

Documentary: noun, a movie or a television or radio program that provides a factual record or report.

Inspired by Al Gore's recent An Inconvenient Truth, I'm going to coin a new term.

Docufiction: noun, a movie or a television or radio program that provides a fictional record or false report designed to create the illusion of reality.

The July 2006 issue of NewsMax Magazine (pages 16-30) contains an excellent article Global Warming Controversy/Legitimate Threat or Hot Air? in which Gore's docufiction (An Inconvenient Truth) is examined along with the claims of the "Chicken Little" crowd that promotes the theory that humans are creating significant global warming. The article reveals how Gore used Michael Moore propaganda techniques to misrepresent truth in an effort to create graphic illusions of the impact of Gore's purported human-induced global warming.

Among the most egregious distortions of truth in Gore's docufiction are:

The current hue and cry about "global warming" (generally failing to distinguish between human-induced warming with natural warming) is nothing new. Shrill media voices have promoted hysteria about global climate change and its purported disastrous consequences to humans for nearly 100 years! An excellent piece Fire and Ice presented by the Business & Media institute describes the media's many flip-flops on global climate change ("Journalists have warned of climate change for 100 years, but can't decide whether we face an ice age or warming"). The BMI article details these classic media flip-flops:

There is much more in the article, but the above gives a pretty good picture of how the uninformed media have jumped on false bandwagons before and they are doing it again, though with a new bandleader in the person of Al Gore.

Joseph Bast, in a review of An Inconvenient Truth for the Philadelphia Daily News (Al Gore's Propaganda Meltdown) writes:

So much for "consensus" on significant human-induced global warming.

A few more inconvenient facts for Mr. Gore:

Climate change is a very complex science that is poorly understood. There are many factors that interact to bring about global climate changes. Such changes have been recurring for a least as long as life has existed on Earth and probably much longer. To suggest that a modest increase in CO2 from human activity is responsible for significant climate change is to ignore the many other climate change influences that are poorly understood but that likely have far greater impact. Since dramatic climate change is nothing new and has been a reality far before the earliest humans ever set foot upon the Earth, it is foolish to suggest that humans are responsible for any modest change in climate experienced during the past few decades.

Docufictions like Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth do nothing to enhance knowledge about climate change. In fact, the misrepresentations in that propaganda piece serve to do just the opposite.

Bob Webster
WEBCommentary (Editor, Publisher)

Biography - Bob Webster

Bob Webster, a 12th-generation descendent of both the Darte family (Connecticut, 1630s) and the Webster family (Massachusetts, 1630s) is a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, who served with General Washington. Bob has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.

A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.

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