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Gore "borrowed" fake scenes for An Inconvenient Truth

There is a lot of controversy over this.  I really don’t know the right answer.  Is it okay for a film maker to have scenes in a documentary that are not what the narrator is discussing? My gut says that this happens all of the time.  Also, there was no question in my mind when I saw AIT that this portion of the film was CGI.

Of course, I didn’t know that it came from the movie “Day After Tomorrow” at the time but then I didn’t watch the credits and I am sure that he mentions them in the credits.  I have long lost my copy of the movie so I can’t check that fact.  If someone still has their copy of the DVD, please skip through to the end and check to see if the proper credit is given. You can leave a comment below to let us all know the truth.

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Anti-Gore ad controversy

I wasn’t aware of this little bit of controversy until I saw a discussion on it over at Michelle Malkin’s site. Evidently, a video that discusses the need for cheap energy has been pulled from YouTube due to copyright violation.

Some are claiming that this is an effort to suppress the conversation on global warming. I don’t agree. Here are my thoughts on the video but first watch the message that is embedded and then read some of the comments on Michelle’s site. (Follow the feed link to read the rest of the story).

My thoughts (I am not a lawyer, so I am not making legal claims here – just common sense):

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Reader questions – Part 1 of 4

I enjoy emails from readers of this site.  My contact information is in the About page and the comments and encouragement I receive makes this site a joy to run.  I recently received an email from Brittany C asking four questions.  Brittany is allowing me to publish her questions and my answers.  These answers are a combination of scientific fact with conjecture and opinion from me.

Question 1: Why is the warming that has taken place in this past decade been such a big deal when there seems to be a similar warming trend in the 1930s?  Is there a difference between the two? 

Great question.  I am going to break it up into 3 parts:

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35 Inconvenient Truths: The errors in Al Gore’s movie – Part 5 of 5

This is the fifth and final installment of a 5 part series reviewing the comments of the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) in regards to “An Inconvenient Truth” (AIT). I have already covered the 35 points in previous points so this one is strictly my thoughts and comments.

You can read Part 1 of 5 here.
You can read Part 2 of 5 here.
You can read Part 3 of 5 here.
You can read Part 4 of 5 here.

So how did SPPI fair? Personally, I wish they would have been a bit more conservative in their claims. Several times they dinged Mr. Gore twice (or three times) for the same basic error. I tend to write this off as being over-zealous and perhaps trying to get a bigger number for the headline.

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35 Inconvenient Truths: The errors in Al Gore’s movie – Part 4 of 5

This is the fourth of a 5 part series reviewing the comments of the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) in regards to “An Inconvenient Truth” (AIT).

You can read Part 1 of 5 here.
You can read Part 2 of 5 here.
You can read Part 3 of 5 here.
You can read Part 5 of 5 here.

ERROR 27 – Shame on Mr. Gore for citing this example! He is trying to link malaria with global warming. There were many malaria outbreaks in Nairobi prior to human induced global warming could be a factor. Mr. Gore’s statements here are pure sham and is probably the biggest reason that I dislike this film as a documentary.

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Can you buy a greener conscience?

Los Angeles Times – September 2, 2007

P.T. Barnum supposedly said that there was a sucker born every minute. Sometimes, when I read about carbon credits, I am not sure who the sucker is – the person buying, the person selling, or the general public for thinking it is helping!

I really don’t like carbon credit schemes.  I have written about them multiple times and most of what I read simply doesn’t make sense and is closer to scam than it is to solution.

In order for credits to be feasible and to be more than a “feel good” gesture, we need solid accounting, accountability, and penalties. We have none of that now and this article makes this painfully clear. We cannot allow credits to be used for minor contributions to a project. The credit must go to the cost of reducing the greenhouse gas. 

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Feeling Warmth, Subtropical Plants Move North

The New York Times – May 2, 2007

So if the globe is getting warmer, it stands to reason that the most susceptible species of plants and animals would be the first to respond.  This is exactly what this article is observing. Plants that once only thrived in warmer climates are now very comfortable in the colder latitudes.  Also plants that did well in a certain area are now struggling due to too much heat. 

While this article gives little scientific evidence – primarily observation.  It is a very interesting article and worth reading.

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The Great Global Warming Swindler’s List

Thomas Paine’s Corner – April 8, 2007

This blog article discusses the documentary “The Great Global Warming Swindle”.  While I have not had the opportunity to watch this program, I think that the article does a fair job of critiquing the facts portrayed.  It pains me when articles and shows don’t make sure that they have data absolutely correct regardless of what their stance is.  Since it is my contention that we need to fully evaluate all of the data, not having the facts straight is detrimental to the cause.

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Forecaster Blasts Gore on Global Warming

myway.com – April 7, 2007

This is actually an AP story that was run by myway.  In this story, a top hurricane forecaster has called the former Vice President of the US “a gross alarmist”.  While I am not qualified to make a such a strong statement, I do think that this is evidence of my position.  My position is that we don’t know.  When top scientists such as Dr. Gray have such an obviously different opinion than other top scientists, then we don’t have a consensus.  If we do not have a consensus then the politicians shouldn’t get involved.  Instead, let’s spend time and effort at figuring this out.

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Global Warming: Fact, Fiction and Political Endgame

Townhall.com – February 26, 2007

This is a commentary article about Al Gore, his recent accolades for “An Inconvenient Truth”, and some of the background science of global climate change.  It is a very good read and I encourage my readers to click through to the source article (especially since the title is quite close to the URL of my blog). 

It is interesting that the author tries to draw a correlation between the Academy Awards that Mr. Gore received and the timing of the IPCC report.  I don’t think that this is anything but coincidence and all of my research indicates that the two are not tied together.  We know that the Academy Awards are always held the same time of the year and it appears that the IPCC was always trying to put their release out at that time of the year.  It does not appear that Mr. Gore’s very well made documentary had anything to do with it.

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