LONDON — Al Gore may be celebrating winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on publicising the threat of global warming, but a U.K. High Court judge has highlighted some inconvenient untruths about the former U.S. vice president’s Oscar-winning doc.
Mr Justice Burton ruled that “An Inconvenient Truth” contained nine scientific errors, which had been made in “the context of alarmism and exaggeration.”
Verdict came at the close of a high court action Friday brought by lorry driver and part-time school board member, Stewart Brown, who had accused the film of being “politically partisan” and “sentimental” in a bid to reverse the U.K. government’s decision to distribute it to every school in the country.
Burton ruled that the film could still be shown to school children as long as the government introduced guidelines to balance what were described as Gore’s “one-sided views” and “apocalyptic vision.”
Paramount Vantage execs are standing by “An Inconvenient Truth” despite the ruling.
” ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ was created relying on the best scientific evidence available,” said Paramount Vantage topper John Lesher. “While the judge highlighted a handful of points he took issue with, the ruling that the film can be screened in U.K. schools verified that the central message of the film is true. We are proud that this film helped bring this topic to the forefront of international consciousness and that students will continue to be educated on the issue of climate change.”
Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “We face a true planetary emergency,” said Gore in a statement. “The climate crisis is not a political issue; it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level.”