Turns out that the AP may have overstated the number of scientists that considered Al Gore’s movie to be an accurate portrayal of anthropogenic global warming:
The June 27, 2006 Associated Press (AP) article titled ?Scientists OK Gore?s Movie for Accuracy? by Seth Borenstein raises some serious questions about AP?s bias and methodology.
AP chose to ignore the scores of scientists who have harshly criticized the science presented in former Vice President Al Gore?s movie ?An Inconvenient Truth.?
In the interest of full disclosure, the AP should release the names of the ?more than 100 top climate researchers? they attempted to contact to review ?An Inconvenient Truth.? AP should also name all 19 scientists who gave Gore ?five stars for accuracy.? AP claims 19 scientists viewed Gore?s movie, but it only quotes five of them in its article. AP should also release the names of the so-called scientific ?skeptics? they claim to have contacted.
The AP article quotes Robert Correll, the chairman of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment group. It appears from the article that Correll has a personal relationship with Gore, having viewed the film at a private screening at the invitation of the former Vice President. In addition, Correll?s reported links as an ?affiliate? of a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm that provides ?expert testimony? in trials and his reported sponsorship by the left-leaning Packard Foundation, were not disclosed by AP. See [Junk Science.com].
Of course, if you don’t believe in the theory of anthropogenic global warming, you’re either not a scientist or you’re in the pocket of big oil. It’s a terrific dodge, because it allows you to completely discount the other side of the debate without having to argue the specifics. In fact, it’s no longer a debate; the other side is just plain wrong and evil because they’re deliberately ignoring carefully-created computer models and other bits of “evidence” supporting the theory.
What do you call belief in something for which you have no real proof? Faith. If the Earth gets too hot, it’s anthropogenic global warming. If it gets too cold, it’s anthropogenic global warming. Very convenient: like rain dancing. If you don’t like the comparison of environmentalism to religion, then don’t smear the other side with slimy accusations of financially-motivated bias.