WashPost Features Teacher Who Can't Find Any Evidence Against Al Gore Film

January 26th, 2007 2:46 PM

It's no secret many in the media feel that global warming is a settled scientific controversy. But even some scientists who agree that humans cause global warming think Gore's all wet when it comes to his dire predictions. Even so, The Washington Post showcased a Seattle-area teacher yesterday who was at a loss when it came to finding critics of Al Gore's brand of climate pseudo-science.

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Portraying an angry parent as an enemy of sound science, reporter Blaine Harden shared with Washington Post readers the story of Federal Way, Wash., science teacher Kay Walls and her struggle to show “An Inconvenient Truth” to her students.

Walls planned to show her class a screening of Al Gore’s Oscar-nominated film, but an e-mail from a student’s father caused the school board to have Walls balance her presentation with skeptics of climate change.

The science teacher is “struggling to find authoritative articles to counter the information in the Gore documentary,” Harden lamented as he closed his article.

“The only thing I have found so far is an article in Newsweek called ‘The Cooling World,’” the Post staff writer quoted Walls in his January 25 story. Harden incorrectly wrote that the Newsweek piece was published 37 years ago, but it actually appeared in the April 28, 1975, edition of the magazine.

There are plenty of climate change critics and skeptics about Gore’s particular claims, but Harden’s article closed with no mention of any of them, not even a scholar who sifted through “An Inconvenient Truth” (AIT) and documented numerous misleading or outright incorrect statements.