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October 15, 2007

Al Gore's documentary on climate disaster has been ruled a work of fiction by a British judge.  In legal terms, his global warming hysteria has been assuming facts not in evidence, says Investor's Business Daily.

According to Justice Michael Burton of the High Court in London:

  • Gore's claim of a 20-foot rise "in the near future" was dismissed as "distinctly alarmist," and in reality, a rise could occur "only after, and over, millennia."
  • On Gore's claim that the loss of Mount Kilimanjaro's snows was due to climate change, the judge said the scientific community had been unable to find evidence of a direct link.
  • Gore's suggestion that the Gulf Stream that warms the North Atlantic would shut down was contradicted by the IPCC's assessment that it was "very unlikely" to happen.

Burton also ridiculed Gore's claim that polar bears were drowning while searching for ice melted by global warming.  The only drowned polar bears the court said it was aware of were four bears that died following a storm.

As has been noted before, the scientific consensus is that sea levels might rise anywhere from 7 inches to 23 inches, but it would take a century for that to occur, says IBD.  Even the latest IPCC report suggested that it would take a thousand years of higher-than-historic temperatures to melt the Greenland ice sheet, the basis of Gore's claim.

Source: Editorial, "Some Inconvenient Truths For Gore," Investor's Business Daily, October 11, 2007.


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