The sequel, titled An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, will be shown in theaters on July 28. The trailer shows President Donald Trump downplaying climate change and pledging to cut back on funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and then Gore animatedly telling audiences of their need to fight against climate change.
The inconvenient truth about An Inconvenient Truth is that a judge – despite thinking that overall the film made a “powerful” argument that man-made climate change needs to be addressed – ruled in Britain that the film can only be shown in schools if students are aware of the nine major lies in the movie. Here are those nine lies, as reported by the UK Telegraph.
1. The melting of Greenland or West Antarctica would soon cause sea levels to increase as much as 20 feet. The judge ruled that the science suggests that Gore’s prediction could happen in over a thousand years, but not in the “near future,” as Gore claimed in the movie.
It has been over a decade since An Inconvenient Truth came out and there is still ice in Greenland; there has also been little change in Antarctica’s ice levels in the past 100 years. Sea level rises have also temporarily slowed by 20 percent; as a whole, sea levels have typically risen by roughly one to three millimeters per year, which is not abnormal.
None of these facts have stopped Gore and his supporters from claiming that Gore was proven correct on this point due to Hurricane Sandy. But there is no evidence that climate change caused the storm:
Even The Washington Post admitted, “Climate change does not cause storms and did not cause Superstorm Sandy. The historic record shows violent storms, some even more severe than Sandy, have struck the Northeast repeatedly.” The article quoted multiple scientists who disputed such attempts to place blame on “climate change.”
As for climate change-induced sea level rise, the Post said there had been roughly 6 to 8 inches of increase which “somewhat worsened the coastal flooding.”
Climatologist Dr. John Christy of the University of Alabama Huntsville said, “Hurricane Sandy was a minimal hurricane. So, it is in no way indicative of a rising trend in hurricanes that might be attributed to global warming.” In addition, Colorado State University researchers William Gray and Phil Klotzbach told National Geographic that human activity on the formation and intensity of Atlantic hurricanes “is likely to be negligible.”
2. Pacific atolls in New Zealand had to be evacuated as a result of climate change. The judge ruled that there was no evidence to substantiate this claim; in fact, according to National Geographic, “reef islands change shape and move around in response to shifting sediments” and “many of them are growing in size, not shrinking, as sea level inches upward.”
3. The Ocean Conveyor would be shut down entirely. The judge pointed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as evidence to the contrary, as they concluded that the conveyor could possibly slow down but it was “unlikely” to shut down altogether. In 2015, NASA concluded that data revealed that not only was there “no significant slowing over the past 15 years,” it “may have even sped up slightly in the recent past.”
4. Gore presented two graphs that he claimed showed “an exact fit” that carbon dioxide resulted in higher temperatures. The judge concluded that while there is scientific evidence that carbon dioxide results in higher temperatures, the graphs Gore used in the film do not show “an exact fit.” In fact, former meteorologist Brian Sussman pointed out that the graphs in the film show the opposite – higher levels of carbon dioxide came after higher temperature levels. Perhaps that’s why the graphs are only shown briefly in the film.
5. Mt. Kilimanjaro would no longer have snow in less than ten years. At the time, the judge ruled that there was nothing linking the decline in snow on the mountain to climate change. In 2014 ecologists concluded that “preliminary findings show that the ice is nowhere near melting” and that while snow levels have declined, “we are comfortable that its total melt will not happen in the near future.”
6. Lake Chad’s water levels shrank due to climate change. The judge noted that Lake Chad’s water levels were due to “other factors, such as population increase and over-grazing, and regional climate variability.” The late Winston Churchill actually provided an explanation for Lake Chad’s declining water levels in his 1899 book, writing, “even Lake Chad, into which the Shari flows, appears to be leaking through some subterranean exit, and is rapidly changing from a lake into an immense swamp.”
7. Hurricane Katrina resulted from climate change. The judge ruled that there was no evidence to support that assertion. Here’s more from The Blaze:
Now, Gore was partly right: damage to New Orleans was man-made. It was caused by a dire neglect of the levees protecting the city. And their improvement might not be enough to withstand another Katrina.
As for Katrina being the new norm, Gore is wrong once more. No F3+ hurricane has landed on U.S. soil since Wilma in October 2005, the longest such “drought” ever recorded.
Have Obama’s actions on climate helped? Or was there no problem in the first place?
8. Climate change is killing the polar bears. Gore claimed that polar bears were drowning because they were unable to find ice, but the judge couldn’t find any evidence to support this assertion. The polar bear population has actually increased from 20,000 to 25,000 bears in 2005 to 22,633 to 32,257 bears in 2016.
9. Climate change was one of the factors causing the bleaching of coral reefs. The judge determined that it was hard to separate the impact of climate change on reef bleaching from other factors, such as pollution. However, there is evidence to suggest that when left on their own, reefs tend to bounce back from bleaching naturally.
Those are the nine biggest lies. Since they were so egregious, even a judge sympathetic to the climate change argument ruled students needed to be alerted. It’s also worth noting that although Gore claimed that there would be more frequent heatwaves and higher intensity storms, according to The Daily Caller, the recent pause in warming and IPCC data on storms prove Gore wrong on both counts. Gore also predicted that there would no longer be any ice in the Arctic Ocean by 2014, a prediction that has also been way off.
By now, if Gore were correct, the planet would be at “a point of no return,” yet the world is still here and there are no signs of Armageddon springing from climate change. Given the lies and wildly inaccurate predictions from his first film, why should Gore’s sequel be taken seriously at all?