An Inconvenient Deception: How Al Gore Distorts Climate Science and Energy Policy

After viewing Gore’s most recent movie, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, and after reading the book version of the movie, I was more than a little astounded. The new movie and book are chock-full of bad science, bad policy, and factual errors.

So, I was inspired to do something about it. I’d like to announce my new e-book, entitled An Inconvenient Deception: How Al Gore Distorts Climate Science and Energy Policy, now available on Amazon.com.

After reviewing some of Gore’s history in the environmental movement, I go through the movie, point by point.

One of Gore’s favorite tactics is to show something that happens naturally, then claim (or have you infer) that it is due to humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions. As I discuss in the book, this is what he did in his first movie (An Inconvenient Truth), too.

For example, sea level rise. Gore is seen surveying flooded streets in Miami Beach.

That flooding is mostly a combination of (1) natural sea level rise (I show there has been no acceleration of sea level rise beyond what was already happening since the 1800s), and (2) satellite-measured sinking of the reclaimed swamps that have been built upon for over 100 years in Miami Beach.

In other words, Miami Beach was going to have to deal with the increased flooding from their “king tides”, with or without carbon dioxide emissions.

Gore is also shown jumping across meltwater streams on the Greenland ice sheet. No mention is made that this happens naturally every year. Sure, 2012 was exceptional for its warmth and snowmelt (which he mentioned), but then 2017 came along and did just the opposite with record snow accumulation, little melt, and the coldest temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere for a July.

The fact that receding glaciers in Alaska are revealing stumps from ancient forests that grew 1,000 to 2,000 years ago proves that climate varies naturally, and glaciers advance and recede without any help from humans.

So, why is your SUV suddenly being blamed when it happens today?

The list goes on and on.

Some of what Gore claims is just outright false. He says that wheat and corn yields in China are down by 5% in recent decades. Wrong. They have been steadily climbing, just like almost everywhere else in the world. Here’s the situation for all grain crops in China:

And that lack of rainfall in Syria that supposedly caused conflict and war? It didn’t happen. Poor farmers could no longer afford diesel fuel to pump groundwater because Assad tripled the price. Semi-arid Syria is no place to grow enough crops for a rapidly growing population, anyway.

I also address Gore’s views on alternative energy, mainly wind and solar. It is obvious that Gore does not consider government subsidies when he talks about the “cost” of renewable energy sometimes being cheaper than fossil fuels. Apparently, he hasn’t heard that the citizens pay the taxes that then support the alternative energy industries which Gore, Elon Musk and others financially benefit from. If and when renewable energy become cost-competitive, it won’t need politicians and pundits like Mr. Gore campaigning for it.

To counter what is in movie theaters now, I had to whip up this book in only 2 weeks, and I didn’t have a marching army of well-funded people like Gore has had. (Too bad he didn’t have someone doing fact-checking.) Despite my disadvantage, I think I present a powerful case that most of what he presents is, at the very least, very deceptive.

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    Sonnyhill

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    All lies matter.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Why dont Al Bore flap his arms and fly across america or the oceans this goofball thinks he is a god and his followers to read his fake books watch his two fake documentries and read his stupid poem also think he is imortal he walks on air and on the water like christ did and they grovel at his feet

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    Amber

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    If there is a better “deceiver ” on the planet i would like to know who .
    Gore is the “renewable ” rent seekers salesman .
    Good on Roy Spencer for pointing out the clever tricks employee by Gore
    in his climate magic show .
    If there was one lesson learned from the Inconvenient Goof movie it is to
    call BS on Gore’s version of events early .
    The current movie is in free fall because once someone has demonstrated
    they have a motive (money ) to weave their tall tails people aren’t keen on being duped by the same guy twice . Gore relies on a pervasive unchallenging media to help him sell . When they raise his past foolish predictions his only recourse is name calling and obfuscation .
    People are hip to his tricks . Time to fold up the earth has a fever carney
    act and move on down the highway . Anyone attaching themselves to this
    deflating hot air balloon is going look like a fool .

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      JayPeeIdiot

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      So Amber,
      If Gore’s motivation is money, why did he donate all the profits he has earned from his books, talks and movies?

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        Brian Martus

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        You’ve got your facts wrong J.P Idiot. Al is now worth $170million, that is an increase of 10000% (1 followed by 5 naughts) in 17 years

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    Brian Martus

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    Hi Roy,
    I follow your work generally but you may be interested to look at my site on twitter. I have posted this report of yours as well as those of other REAL Climate Scientists. Together the reports make a wonderful TRUE picture of what is going on with the climate. Have a look: Brian Martus@bmartus5

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    David Lewis

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    Al Gore is far from unique. I have read many articles from other activists that take things that would happen anyway and blame them on climate change.

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    JayPeeIdiot

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    Meanwhile, the past 2 Julys (2016 and 2017) were the hottest on record and global sea ice is the lowest on record.

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        JayPeeIdiot

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        Global sea ice EXTENT in 2017 is indeed the lowest ever recorded and Arctic sea ice VOLUME (including Greenland) in the late summer months shows an astounding 75% loss since 1979. Small pockets of ice may be thicker due to the pile up from prevailing winds but, overall, Arctic sea ice VOLUME and EXTENT has dropped dramatcally over the past 4 decades and especially so this last decade.

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