Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” can be shown in British schools — with restrictions.
That’s the conclusion of a high court that had been asked to ban the movie from secondary schools (from opponents to objected to it as politically motivated). Judge Michael Burton did say that the screenings could take place as long as opposing viewpoints were explained by teachers.
The judge issued 11 points that have to be addressed before a screening. They were posted on the website of the fringe New Party, of which the plaintiff is one of its members. Among the points:
“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 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 uses emotive images of Hurricane Katrina and suggests that 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 plaintiff, Stewart Dimmock, had challenged the film’s “serious scientific inaccuracies, political propaganda and sentimental mush.” The judge didn’t make any judgments about “Truth”‘s “sentimental mush.” (“High School Musical” should be safe for now).
Gore, who is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, announced on Friday, told the New York Times in the spring that his work made “the most important and salient points” about climate change, if not “some nuances and distinctions” scientists might want. “The degree of scientific consensus on global warming has never been stronger,” he said, adding, “I am trying to communicate the essence of it in the lay language that I understand.”