Al Gore’s climate change movie slammed by scientist

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“An Inconvenient Sequel” did not do well for Al Gore at the box office this past weekend. Actually, movie critics are calling the global-warming documentary a bust as viewership continues to nosedive.

The movie drew a scathing rebuttal from a leading Climatologist Roy W. Spencer, who is a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Spencer said the movie, which is similar to its 2006 predecessor “An Inconvenient Truth,” implies that naturally occurring weather episodes are the result of global warming which is caused by humans. As an example, Spencer refers to a screenshot showing the former vice president standing in ankle-deep on a flooded Miami street.

“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,” Mr. Spencer said.

This past Saturday, Spencer released an 81-page e-book on Amazon entitled “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,” Mr. Spencer posted on his blog, Global Warming. “The new movie and book are chock-full of bad science, bad policy, and factual errors.”

Spencer is a well-known climate skeptic, and he isn’t a newcomer to the global warming debate. Spencer is also an award-winning former NASA senior scientist for climate studies who continues to work with NASA on the U.S. Science Team.

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