The ending has a stand up and cheer moment when President Donald Trump announces the U.S. is exiting the UN climate pact. It also features Trump announcing the end to EPA “climate regulations” and reveals that former President Barack Obama’s global warming agenda was being dismantled. Just when you think the U.S. is doomed to give up sovereignty, and become entangled in the most expensive treaty in world history, along comes the hero of the film, Trump, restoring sanity to the U.S. domestic and international climate policy.
The film opens with a fantastic montage of completely rational comments from climate skeptics like Trump, Senator James Inhofe, John Stossel and others ridiculing climate change claims. Then the viewer is bombarded with 90 minutes of the light comedy of Gore implying that a UN climate agreement — the most expensive treaty in world history — will somehow save humanity and warning us that weather disasters are going to come for us unless we support the pact.
But, all begins and ends well in Gore’s climate thriller this time around. Skeptics open the film and in a triumph mocking climate claims and skeptics end the film by dismantling the climate agenda.
It was a tour de force to see the U.S. executive branch under Trump returned to a pro science agenda by rejecting the witchcraft based beliefs that EPA regulations and UN climate treaties can alter global temperature and the frequency of storms.
A few surprises of Gore’s sequel include that him actually praising fossil fuels and India rejecting limits on fossil fuels for moral reasons because they want to develop their nation. See: Gore praises fossil fuels for having ‘tremendous benefits’ – ‘Poverty has declined, living standards increased’
Of course, in between the rousing opening and joyful denouement of the film, lies the rest of the film. And in that chunk of film, there are many inaccurate and outrageous climate claims typical of Gore are made. Gore’s claim have been taken apart by climate scientists. Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer ripped Gore’s sequel, calling it “Chock-full of bad science, bad policy, and factual errors.” Spencer explained on August 19, that after viewing the film, “I was more than a little astounded. The new movie and book are chock-full of bad science, bad policy, and factual errors. 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.” “What I am opposed to is misleading people with false climate science claims and alarming them into diverting vast sums of the public’s wealth into expensive energy schemes,” Spencer wrote.
In perhaps the most maudlin and shocking scenes of the film, Gore features himself walking through graveyards, grisly scenes of body-bags, and grieving families of the victims of 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan that devastated the Philippines, killing over 6000 people. This was perhaps the most single most disgusting moment of the sequel. The viewer cannot help but feel that Gore is shamelessly exploiting the victims and using their pain to score unscientific political points about Typhoon Haiyan.
The science does not back Gore’s claims at all. Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue rejected any such links of Haiyan to human activity. “Over past 1,000 years, Philippines have been hit by 10-20 thousand tropical cyclones. Don’t be so arrogant to believe man caused Haiyan,” Maue wrote in 2013. Maue demolished claims made by Gore and others that Typhoon Haiyan was “strongest storm ever.” “Fact: Haiyan is 58th Super Typhoon since 1950 to reach central pressure of 900 mb or lower from historical records,” Maue wrote. “50 of 58 Super Typhoons with pressure of 900 mb or lower occurred from 1950-1987 — only 8 in past 25 years,” he added.
FACT CHECKING AL GORE’s SEQUEL
Climate Depot lists some of the key climate falsehoods in Gore’s sequel.
Reality Check: First off,Scientists have rejected a Sandy/Climate Link. See: Hurricane Expert Chris Landsea: Any connection between AGW; hurricanes is ‘almost certainly undetectable’
Second, Gore is completely conflating two different events and tricking viewers into thinking he accurately called it. As Fox News reporter John Stossel explaind: “Gore creatively misremembers his own movie.” Stossel explained: “Gore claims ‘the most criticized’ part of the film was his assertion that the 9/11 memorial site would flood. Then, during Hurricane Sandy, it did! But Gore creatively misremembers his own movie. He had claimed the World Trade Center would flood because of a permanent 20-foot sea-level rise. Actual scientists called that nonsense. It would take hundreds of years for such a thing to possibly happen. But since the area flooded, briefly, Gore spins that as confirmation of his exaggerations.”
#Gore sequel claim: – Gore Saves the UN Paris Pact: The last part of the film features Gore intensely lobbying for the UN Paris climate pact in December 2015. The film shows Gore lobbying India to sign on to the pact and portrays his role as the savior of the treaty by getting India solar technology from U.S. firm.
Reality Check: Portraying Gore as the key to saving the UN climate pact in 2015, has been heavily disputed. See: Sequel depicts Gore clinching 2015 UN Paris deal – But top Indian diplomat says Gore’s claim is nonsense –
#Gore sequel claim: All bad weather caused by ‘climate change – Gore walks the viewer through endless scary climate claims and anecdotal images of floods and hurricanes while Gore attempts to link the bad weather to “global warming.” In just about every media interview to promote his sequel, Gore repeats his stock line: “We’re seeing every night on the television news now a nature hike through the Book of Revelation.” Gore added: “We’ve got a — 70 percent of Florida’s in drought today. Missouri declared an emergency just a couple of days ago because another — of another one of these. And they keep on coming.”
Reality Check: Analysis: Nearly all extreme weather is declining or at or near record lows – Drought drops to record lows in U.S. as nearly all extreme weather is either declining or at or near record lows. “It is not just droughts that are at or near record levels. On almost every measure of extreme weather, the data is not cooperating with the claims of the climate change campaigners. Tornadoes, floods, droughts, and hurricanes are failing to fit in with the global warming narrative.”
“Drought in the U.S. fell to a record low (in Spring 2017), with just 6.1% of the lower 48 states currently experiencing such dry conditions, federal officials announced Thursday. That’s the lowest percentage in the 17-year history of the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report,” USA Today reported on April 27. (Ironically, climate activists had declared California to be in a permanent drought: Flashback 2016: Warmist wrong claim: ‘Thanks El Niño, But California’s Drought Is Probably Forever’)
Former Vice President Al Gore has made extreme weather warnings a staple of his climate change activist. See: Al Gore on the Weather: ‘Every night on the news now, practically, is like a nature hike through the book of Revelations’
But it is not just droughts that are at or near record levels. On almost every measure of extreme weather, the data is not cooperating with the claims of the climate change campaigners. Tornadoes, floods, droughts, and hurricanes are failing to fit in with the global warming narrative.
Below is a complete rundown of the very latest on extreme weather conditions: Update data from the 2016 Climate Depot report: Skeptics Deliver Consensus Busting ‘State of the Climate Report’ to UN Summit
Extreme Weather: Scientist to Congress in 2017: ‘No evidence’ that hurricanes, floods, droughts, tornadoes are increasing – Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. of University of Colorado
Tornadoes: NOAA Tornado data revealing 2016 as ‘one of the quietest years since records began in 1954’ and below average for 5th year in a row
Hurricanes: 1) Inconvenient NOAA report: ‘It is premature to conclude (AGW has) already had a detectable impact on’ hurricanes;
2) NOAA: U.S. Completes Record 11 Straight Years Without Major (Cat 3+) Hurricane Strike;
3) 30 peer-reviewed scientific papers reveal the lack of connection between hurricanes; ‘global warming’
Floods: ‘Floods are not increasing’: Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. slams ‘global warming’ link to floods & extreme weather – How does media ‘get away with this?’ – Pielke Jr. on how extreme weather is NOT getting worse: ‘Flood disasters are sharply down. U.S. floods not increasing either.’ “Floods suck when they occur. The good news is U.S. flood damage is sharply down over 70 years,” Pielke explained.
#Gore sequel claim: ‘Climate change’ causes war & terrorism – The Syrian drought was due to man-made climate change and helped spark the civil war which led to the rise of the terror group ISIS.
Reality Check: Gore’s claims that a global warming caused drought caused the crisis harkens back to the 1930s. See: 1933 claim: ‘YO-YO BANNED IN SYRIA – Blamed For Drought’ – Real Science’s Tony Heller: “In 1933, drought was blamed on Yo-Yos. Eighty years later, modern Yo-Yos blame drought on CO2.”
#Gore sequel claim: Bad weather, floods, and extremes are unprecedented – In his film, Gore claims “unprecedented” storms and extreme weather events. “We’ve had 11 once in a thousand year downpours in the U.S. just in the last ten years,” he has claimed in media interviews.
Reality Check: The reality is that on every major extreme weather measure, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, there is either no trend on 50-100 time scales or there is declining trends. Through a mix of cherry-picking between global incidents and U.S. events, Gore picks and chooses random events and regional trends that fit his climate doom narrative, without noting that the continental U.S. is only about 1.5% of earth’s surface.
Climate skeptic Jo Nova, had this to say after sitting through a 90-minute Gore presentation on his film:
Gore’s only effort to scientifically connect those dots was to quote a few scientists opinions, while ignoring thousands of others, most historical accounts and 2 billion years of paleohistory. Cherry-picked extremes.
The long tenuous chain of cause and effect was glossed over repeatedly with handwaving. The system was the most complex on earth, yet somehow scientists know what causes what. The chain of influence goes like this: fossil fuels make CO2, CO2 makes heat, heat causes droughts and more humidity, which in turn causes floods, intense rain, nastier storms, stickier roads, sliding mud, rising seas, etc etc blah-de-blah.
Has there ever been a year on Earth when there wasn’t a drought somewhere and a flood somewhere else? This is a never ending game for Gore. Until we get perfect weather on Earth, on all 150 million square kilometers terra firma, he will always be able to say “boo”.
Climatologist Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. slams NOAA study as ‘manipulation of science for political reasons.’ ‘NOAA should be embarrassed.’
Pielke Sr.: ‘From under reviewed paper to NOAA PR to USA Today. A dismaying example of manipulation of science for political reasons.’
Climate Depot’s Marc Morano on new NOAA study: “No matter how hard federally funded climate activist scientists at NOAA try to bend and twist models and data to make it appear the invisible hand of ‘global warming’ has a role in almost every weather event, the facts refute their claims.”
Real Climate Science website’s Tony Heller’s analysis: NOAA rain modeling study ‘has no scientific basis, and ignores all available actual data’ – ‘Man-Made Modeling Abuse Increases The Odds Of NOAA Fraud’ – ‘The NOAA study has no scientific basis, and ignores all available actual data. Software models can be written to produce any result the author wants to produce. They are not evidence of anything other than deep corruption at NOAA.’ – ‘There has been no increase in heavy rains in Louisiana.’
#Gore sequel claim: Global warming causing fish to swim in streets of Miami – “I went down to Miami and saw fish from the ocean swimming in the streets on a sunny day. The same thing was true in Honolulu just two days ago, just from high tides because of the sea level rise now.” Miami has unprecedented flooding and fish are now swimming in the streets. Gore in his sequel and in numerous media interviews hypes the fact that Miami has “fish from the ocean” swimming in “the streets of Miami-Dade and Delray, Ft. Lauderdale.” The film features Gore walking around the flooded streets of Miami with big boots on.
Reality Check: Gore very cleverly tries to present his “science by anecdote” in the sequel. Instead of showing scientific charts revealing the alleged acceleration of sea levels in Miami due to man-made global warming, Gore instead has a man in the film just say he has lived there all his life and never saw anything like it. That is Al Gore’s version of “scientific truth.” (And a very common “error” in the climate change debate. See: Flashback 1933 : Australia’s Chief Weather Expert: Belief In Climate Change Is An ‘Error Of Human Memory’ – ‘When people compare the present with the past, they remember only the abnormal’
But lucky for readers of this report, scientific data is available and trumps a man’s recollection of 40 years ago.
Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer debunked Gore’s claims on Miami and sea level. “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,” Spencer wrote. “For example, sea level rise. Gore is seen surveying flooded streets in Miami Beach,” Spencer added.
“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?” Spencer asked.
Other analysis show Gore’s Greenland claims lacking scientific integrity.
We have heard Greenland melt fears many times in the past.
#Gore sequel claim: Roads are melting due to global warming! – Roads are melting somewhere in the world due to rising temperatures. In his talks promoting his film, Gore features these images from India to show how global warming is melting roads.
Reality Check: Australian climate skeptic Jo Nova rebuts: “NDTV shows a video where this man’s shoes stick to the hot road and fall off. (Watch the video at the link). Call me a skeptic. I’ve bounded across searing bitumen roads here in Australia, and this man is not behaving as if the pavement is blisteringly hot. Would you put your hand down? Note the “Highlights” in the NDTV story: “Tar on roads melts in Valsad, Gujarat, temperature was only 36 degrees”. Yeah. yeah. That’s “body temperature”. Terrifying.
#Gore sequel claim: Wind & Solar energy revolution happening now – “We have had tremendous benefits from our reliance on fossil fuels. Poverty has declined, living standards have increased and we still depend on them for more than 80% of world’s energy,” Gore said during his media tour and in the film. In the sequel, Gore claims that a wind and solar energy revolution was now happening globally.
#Gore sequel claim: UN Paris Pact is critical to fighting ‘climate change’ – In the sequel, Gore presents the UN Paris climate pact as some sort of monumental achievement to fight “climate change.” The film depicts Gore as a hero for tirelessly lobbying to secure it’s agreement in December 2015.
WALLACE: “You would agree that even if all 195 nations, now 194, met their targets, it still wouldn’t solve the problem.”
GORE: “That is correct. However, it sends a very powerful signal to business and industry and civil society, and countries around the world.” (Full Fox News Transcript & Video)
Gore’s admission echoes scientists skeptical of global warming and many other critics of efforts to save the climate through government regulations. University of Pennsylvania Geologist Dr. Robert Giegengack noted in 2014, “None of the strategies that have been offered by the U.S. government or by the EPA or by anybody else has the remotest chance of altering climate if in fact climate is controlled by carbon dioxide.”
Reality Check: This was perhaps the most single most disgusting moment of the sequel. The viewer cannot help but feel that Gore is shamelessly exploiting the victims and using their pain to score unscientific political points about Typhoon Haiyan. The science does not back Gore’s claims at all.
Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue: ‘Over past 1,000 years, Philippines have been hit by 10-20 thousand tropical cyclones. Don’t be so arrogant to believe man caused Haiyan.’
Maue demolishes claims that Typhoon Haiyan was ‘strongest storm ever’ – ‘Fact: Haiyan is 58th Super Typhoon since 1950 to reach central pressure of 900 mb or lower from historical records’ — Maue: ’50 of 58 Super Typhoons with pressure of 900 mb or lower occurred from 1950-1987 — only 8 in past 25 years’
Strongest storm ever? ‘Haiyan ranks at number 7 among the strongest storms ever to have hit the Philippines’
UN IPCC: ‘There is low confidence in any observed long-term (40 years or more) increases in tropical cyclone activity (ie intensity, frequency, duration).’ Its authoritative Fifth Assessment Report added in September 2013 there have been ‘no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century’.
Prof. Roger Pielke Jr.: ‘The scientific evidence does not presently support claims of attribution of the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on tropical cyclone behavior with respect to century-long trends ‘much less the behavior of individual storms’ – “In practical terms, on timescales of decision making a signal that cannot be seen is indistinguishable from a signal that does not exist – ‘I am not convinced that 3 mm/year of sea level rise is a big issue in the magnitude of disaster losses’
Gabe Vecchi, a research oceanographer with NOAA, said that if global warming altered Haiyan, it did not do so to a significant extent. ‘I expect that the contribution of global warming to Haiyan’s extreme intensity is likely to have been small, relative to other factors like weather fluctuations and climate variability.’
Pielke Jr.: ‘Given this data, substantial research on it and a strong IPCC consensus does anyone really want to debate that typhoon disasters have become more common?’
Bjorn Lomborg: ‘Facts don’t support climate-change-caused-typhoon-Haiyan. Strong typhoons declining 1950-10.
Real Science website: ‘There have been 35 cyclones in the last 800 years that have killed more than 10,000 people. Thirty-three occurred with CO2 below 350 PPM. The deadliest one in 1970 was blamed on global cooling at the time’
#Gore sequel claim: ‘Hottest year’ and ‘Hottest decade’ prove ‘global warming’ – Gore features claims of “hottest year” on record and “hottest decade” to imply to viewers that temperature are unprecedented in the modern era.
#Gore sequel claim: Gore claims that wheat and corn yields are down in China by 5% in recent decades.
Gore sequel claim: Renewable energy like solar and wind are cheaper and ready to take over now for fossil fuels.
Gullible, naïve devotees gushed, awed, and murmured collective fear as Al spun a story of record doom and disaster with a google hit-list of extreme weather snaps. Al offered almost no graphs, long term data, or paleostudies. Few in the audience seemed to realize it was just a grab bag of the latest disaster-fest, and if a million people had had mobile phones in 10,000BC, the footage from then might have looked exactly the same or even worse, as Gore milked pretty much every weather event in the news to sell the salvation of renewables.
Marc Morano is the executive director and chief correspondent of the Washington-based ClimateDepot.com - and can be read on-line HERE.