Senate Committee Questions AP's Gore Supporters
Alleging a bias in its methodology, the GOP majority press release from the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works questions Seth Borenstein's Gore puff piece entitled "Scientists OK Gore's movie for accuracy":
WASHINGTON - The nation's top climate scientists are giving "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's documentary on global warming, five stars for accuracy.The committee asks the AP writer to diclose those scientists contacted, and quote them all in full:
The former vice president's movie — replete with the prospect of a flooded New York City, an inundated Florida, more and nastier hurricanes, worsening droughts, retreating glaciers and disappearing ice sheets — mostly got the science right, said all 19 climate scientists who had seen the movie or read the book and answered questions from The Associated Press.
The AP contacted more than 100 top climate researchers by e-mail and phone for their opinion. Among those contacted were vocal skeptics of climate change theory. Most scientists had not seen the movie, which is in limited release, or read the book.
But those who have seen it had the same general impression: Gore conveyed the science correctly; the world is getting hotter and it is a manmade catastrophe-in-the-making caused by the burning of fossil fuels.
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.If the "top climate scientists" were so enthusiastic about Gore's movie and its portrayal of climate change, why not get quoted or drop names? Why does the article cite them anonymously? Have they something to hide? Or are they unwilling to support something they might believe in their hearts--global warming caused by humans--but do not see clear evidence of in the science? Maybe they don't want a repeat of the "global cooling" scaremongering of the '70s. Sounds like nothing more than the response offered by the government bureaucrats at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark when Indiana Jones asks who was working on the Ark--"top men." Not very convincing in either situation.