Political Climate
Oct 12, 2007
Producers of Gore’s Film Asked to Return Oscars

By Noel Sheppard, Newsbusters

As media in America fall all over themselves with glee at the thought of the Global Warmingist-in-Chief winning a Nobel Peace Prize, Wednesday’s findings by a British judge that Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth” contained nine material falsehoods has prompted a request to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to strip the movie’s producers of the Oscars they received in February for “Best Documentary.” How delicious.

As reported by The West Australian Friday: A conservative think-tank in New Zealand has written to the president of the America’s Academy Awards asking that the Oscar awarded to the director of an Inconvenient Truth be taken back. Former New Zealand MP Dr Muriel Newman, director of web-based think-tank the New Zealand Centre for Political Research, said she had taken the measure in response to a British High Court ruling Thursday.

“With the release of the British High Court judgement overnight that found that ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ was littered with nine inconvenient untruths, it is clear that Al Gore embellished the truth to create dramatic effect (see story). Given that the Oscar Award was presented in the documentary category and not the drama category, the only appropriate action now is for the Academy to rescind the Award as it was clearly inappropriately classed as a documentary.

“The truth, as inconvenient as it is to Al Gore, is that his so-called documentary contained critical distortions that are quite contrary to the principles of good documentary journalism. Good documentaries should be factually correct. Clearly this documentary is not."This situation is not unlike that confronting sports bodies, when their sports “stars” are found to be drug cheats. In such cases, the sportsmen and women are stripped of their medals and titles, with the next-place getter elevated. While this is an extremely unpleasant duty, it is necessary if the integrity of competitive sport is to be protected. “Just this week Olympic gold medal winner Marion Jones has been stripped of her titles and medals.  “If the integrity of the Academy Awards is to remain intact, is wholly appropriate that Al Gore be stripped of his ‘Best Documentary’ film Oscar.  Read more here.



Oct 11, 2007
It Is Still “the Economy Stupid”

By Michael J. Economides and Joe D’Aleo

The biggest effect of man-made global warming is that it brought to the mainstream what used to be considered as radical ideological dribble. Time did it first and then, not to be outdone, Newsweek upped the ante in a cover story that was one of the vilest, most venomous pieces of propaganda masquerading as journalism. Deniers were denigrated to, at least ogres or worse, oil-company stooges.

“It’s the economy stupid” is what made us support Bill Clinton because he proved to be a pragmatist Democrat. That’s great when a socially liberal man realizes that a strong economy is essentially to the solution of most social problems.

What is rarely mentioned in the recent arguments is that the facts simply do not matter. If those that have taken sides were honest they would admit it readily. World jealousy and envy of the biggest culprit, but also the most successful nation of the era is not even disguised. The trouble is that these sentiments have been repeated recently often by many Americans and the press. Is the America-hating American back in vogue?

Thus, whether global warming is happening or not (a heated debate and clearly not the much ballyhooed “scientific consensus”) or whether it is anthropogenic, a preposterous argument in our view (and we have made calculations) are not really the issue. It does not matter whether Gore’s statement in his documentary that “nine of the ten warmest years were in the last decade” has been repudiated with nary a whimper from the already convinced press. Nor does it matter that a very large number of thermometers measuring the trumpeted warming are badly and prejudicially positioned.

It should not surprise people that the global warming ideology that portrays America as materialistic, a hog of world resources is exactly the rallying cry of Osama Bin Laden.

We should not be apologetic for our lifestyle, the fact we enjoy the highest standard of living, something we earned. Should we be ashamed that Americans have the highest per capita productivity in the world?

We are sure nothing of consequence will happen. The economy, ever resilient, will debunk alarmism and will eventually zero in on the right solution. It’s just the noise, stupid.  Read full essay here.



Oct 10, 2007
High Court Rules Against Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truths

UPDATE: See BBC video report on the court’s ruling here.

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A High Court judge today ruled that An Inconvenient Truth can be distributed to every school in the country but only if it comes with a note explaining nine scientific errors in Al Gore’s Oscar-winning film.

The Government had pledged to send thousands of copies of the film to schools across the country, but a Kent father challenged that policy saying it would “brainwash” children.

A judge was asked to adjudicate between Stewart Dimmock and the Department of Children, Schools and Families. Mr Justice Burton ruled that the film could be sent to schools, but only if it was accompanied by new guidlines to balance the former US vice-president’s “one-sided” views

The judge said some of the errors were made in “the context of alarmism and exaggeration” in order to support Mr Gore’s thesis on global warming.

He said that 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. He went on to list those errors. Read them here.



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