Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth
One-sided, Misleading, Exaggerated, Speculative, Wrong
By Marlo Lewis, Jr.
September 28, 2006
An Inconvenient Truth (AIT), former Vice President Al Gore’s book on “The planetary
emergency of global warming and what can be done about it,” purports to be a nonpartisan,
non-ideological exposition of climate science and moral common sense. In
reality, An Inconvenient Truth is a colorfully illustrated lawyer’s brief for global warming
alarmism and energy rationing.
It is a J’Accuse hurled at fossil fuel energy-based
civilization, especially the United States, and above all the Bush Administration and its
purported allies in the U.S. oil and auto industries.
We do not expect lawyers to argue both for and against their clients, nor do we expect “balance” from political party leaders. However, although Gore reminds us—in the film
version of An Inconvenient Truth—that he “used to be the next President of the United
States,” and concludes both the book and the movie with a call for “political action,” he
presents An Inconvenient Truth as the work of a long-time student of climate science, a product of
meditation on “what matters.” He asks his audience to expect more from him than the
mere cleverness that can sway juries or win elections.
What we get instead is sophistry.
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