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An Inconvenient Deception: How Al Gore Distorts Climate Science and Energy Policy

August 20, 2017

By Paul Homewood




Dr Roy Spencer has written a stinging criticism of Al Gore’s new movie, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power:



An Inconvenient Deception: How Al Gore Distorts Climate Science and Energy Policy

August 19th, 2017 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

Al Gore has provided a target-rich environment of deceptions in his new movie.

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. The new movie and book are chock-full of bad science, bad policy, and factual errors.


So, 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

After reviewing some of Gore’s history in the environmental movement, I go through the movie, point by point.

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. As I discuss in the book, this is what he did in his first movie (An Inconvenient Truth), too.

For example, sea level rise. Gore is seen surveying flooded streets in Miami Beach.

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.

In other words, Miami Beach was going to have to deal with the increasing flooding from their “king tides”, with or without carbon dioxide emissions.

Gore is also shown jumping across meltwater streams on the Greenland ice sheet. No mention is made that this happens naturally every year. Sure, 2012 was exceptional for its warmth and snow melt (which he mentioned), but then 2017 came along and did just the opposite with record snow accumulation, little melt, and the coldest temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere for a July.

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?

The list goes on and on.

Some of what Gore claims is just outright false. He says that wheat and corn yields in China are down by 5% in recent decades. Wrong. They have been steadily climbing, just like almost everywhere else in the world. Here’s the situation for all grain crops in China:

And that lack of rainfall in Syria that supposedly caused conflict and war? It didn’t happen. Poor farmers could no longer afford diesel fuel to pump groundwater because Assad tripled the price. Semi-arid Syria is no place to grow enough crops for a rapidly growing population, anyway.

I also address Gore’s views on alternative energy, mainly wind and solar. It is obvious that Gore does not consider government subsidies when he talks about the “cost” of renewable energy sometimes being cheaper than fossil fuels. Apparently, he hasn’t heard that the citizens pay the taxes that then support the alternative energy industries which Gore, Elon Musk and others financially benefit from. If and when renewable energy become cost-competitive, it won’t need politicians and pundits like Mr. Gore campaigning for it.

To counter what is in movie theaters now, I had to whip up this book in only 2 weeks, and I didn’t have a marching army of well-funded people like Gore has had. (Too bad he didn’t have someone doing fact-checking.) Despite my disadvantage, I think I present a powerful case that most of what he presents is, at the very least, very deceptive.

  1. August 20, 2017 4:46 pm

    OK so maybe he is not that great with climate science or getting facts straight but he really is a fine snake oil salesman. As good as they come and a shade better.

    • HotScot permalink
      August 20, 2017 6:03 pm


      There is no such thing as a good snake oil salesman. Sales is creating a satisfactory deal between two parties that profits both and invites no repercussions.

      It is one of the most honourable, profitable and successful means of human development ever conceived. See The Adam Smith Institute for confirmation and Matt Ridleys book ‘The Rational Optomist’ for more detail.

      Whilst we all frequently cite prostitution as the first ‘profession’, be it by presentation or persuasion, their trade had to be sold before activity conducted.

      Therefore sales is the first profession and, done properly, is the simplest and oldest means of human development on the planet.

      A good snake oil salesman is only good providing his customer knows precisely what he is buying and pays a fair price for the product.

      Al Gore is a lousy snake oil salesman because he disguises his snake oil to profit no one but himself.

      That’s the definition of a con man.

      • Joe Public permalink
        August 20, 2017 6:27 pm

        “Sales is creating a satisfactory deal between two parties that profits both and invites no repercussions.”

        Only if both parties foresee a future relationship together.

        Otherwise, both salesperson & potential customer lie through their teeth to get the deal which they perceive as benefitting themselves best.

      • HotScot permalink
        August 20, 2017 6:45 pm

        “Only if both parties foresee a future relationship together.”

        The only ‘relationship’ a salesman or his customer relies on is that there is no repercussion.

        Every sales transaction, big or small, hangs by that simple premise. And every sale is an isolated incident.

        There is no such thing as a ‘relationship’ in sales. A relationship implies indiscretions can be forgiven e.g. marital infidelity.

        There is trust, which may encourage continued business, but that can be broken by either party’s indiscretion, or disturbed simply by the offer of a cheaper price or better quality.

        Sales is a two way street but is undermined by people who think they know how to buy encountering people who know how to con others.

        Few people would engage in sales without taking a course on it, but 90% of the world population buys stuff without ever taking a course in buying.

        As a salesman I have turned down innumerable deals which would have invited expensive repercussions, and have had customers return because I did just that.

      • Streetcred permalink
        August 21, 2017 6:53 am

        Caveat emptor ! Fundamental of sales theory.

    • HotScot permalink
      August 21, 2017 11:51 am

      “Caveat emptor !”

      Fundamental of BUYING theory.

  2. It doesn't add up... permalink
    August 20, 2017 5:01 pm

    Hello BBC. Will you review this book?

  3. Malcolm Bell permalink
    August 20, 2017 5:43 pm

    Is it me or is there something about Mr Gore that reminds me of Mr Trump? Something to do with a disconnect from truth, reason and respect for our intelligence.

    Leaders of the free world. A position never firmly held and now long lost never to be regained. More bombs doesn’t win respect, just fear. These people certainly frighten me.

    • HotScot permalink
      August 20, 2017 6:27 pm

      I had no time for Trump before he was elected President. Then he did what no other political leader I have suffered ever did, he actually implemented as many of his campaign promises as he could within months of taking office, and is seeking to implement the rest.

      Frankly, I don’t care what anyone says about him, he has presented himself as a man of integrity and principle.

      He has endured the vilification of a united and rabid left wing world, and so far survived it.

      He is a right wing leader and so far represented all that entails, peaceful, profitable, right wing trade over violent left wing oppression.

      He has so far stood up to a left wing, tin pot dictator and told him that wilfully and irresponsibly launching ICBM’s, and continuing nuclear tests will invite a spanking from America. That should be the job of the UN and NATO and they have been found woefully inadequate, for decades.

      As for ‘alt-right’ demonstrations in Charlottesville, it should be remembered that the neo Naz* movement emerged from the German Nationalist Socialist Workers Party, headed by one A*olf H*tler.

      Neo Naz*ism is a left wing construct misrepresented by the left as a right wing initiative. Nothing could be further from the truth. The far left Stalin and Mao in the USSR and China respectively were responsible for millions of innocents murdered in their pursuit of a now proven political failure.

      And yet this concept of communal ownership is still pursued by these ideological lunatics. Worse, they are allowed by society to propagate their evil politics.

      Trump may be flawed but at least he stands up for free trade and peace.

      • Ben Vorlich permalink
        August 20, 2017 7:27 pm

        I too was surprised at how many promises he implemented and how quickly.

      • Simon Allnutt permalink
        August 20, 2017 8:15 pm

        I must add to that that Mussolini edited Aventi, the socialist party newspaper for some years before starting the Fascists. Lenin sent him a congratulatory telegram after his March on Rome in 1922. Prior to WW2, all accepted that Nazis and Fascists were of the left.

      • roger permalink
        August 20, 2017 9:50 pm

        President Trump.
        Cometh the hour Cometh the man.
        He’s a winner! Every time

      • HotScot permalink
        August 20, 2017 9:52 pm

        Simon Allnutt

        And yet somehow, Nazi’ism and Fascism have become a right wing problem.

        The distortion of the left’s own bigotry is astonishing. The submission of the right, even more so.

        Why Trump and May aren’t pointing out these fundamental inconsistencies in Janet and John terms is quite beyond me.

        Left wing politics is wrong and has been proven to be so on the most enormous scale.

        Capitalism can provide health and welfare to the poor and needy, but it operates as a safety mechanism, not a lifestyle.

        Darwin’s theories might suggest that those that can’t look after themselves are the safety valve of the human race. Instead, our societies are dominated by minority groups who demand, and get preferential treatment. In fact, in my opinion, minority groups are driving politics, which is hardly democratic.

        One invests in a house, saves for a pension, then it’s taken for ones elderly care, when those that haven’t saved get the same care without any hard work and saving.

        I will be implementing a transfer of my wife and my modest savings to our children so that when she and I are elderly, we have nothing the state can rob us of. This is what socialism encourages.

        Nor are we alone. How does that serve society?

      • markl permalink
        August 21, 2017 3:40 am

        + many

    • August 20, 2017 9:40 pm

      It’s you.

      • HotScot permalink
        August 20, 2017 9:56 pm


        “It’s you.” ?

      • HotScot permalink
        August 20, 2017 9:57 pm


        Sorry, just got it.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      August 20, 2017 11:59 pm

      “Is it me or is there something about Mr Gore that reminds me of Mr Trump? “

      Very definitely you.

      • August 21, 2017 11:26 am

        Thank you for your reply. Trump is an honorable adult, Gore is a charlatan.

    • August 21, 2017 3:08 am

      While I agree with “Hotscot” on most of his comments about Donald Trump I don’t see our revered leader as “Right Wing”.

      Trump is president because we love his agenda. If he keeps on delivering on his promises he will be re-elected in 2020 by a landslide beyond Reaganesque.

      To take just one example, Trump is ending “Stupid Government” by controlling our borders and defunding “Sanctuary Cities”. That is not Right Wing or Left Wing… is simply enforcing our laws and applying common sense.

      • August 21, 2017 11:29 am

        Donald Trump is turning out to be more conservative than those who kept telling us they were. He has done it by his actions. Actually conservatism is nothing more than the implementation of common sense and President Trump has been endowed with an abundance of common sense.

      • HotScot permalink
        August 21, 2017 12:03 pm


        Fair comment. Although judging by the politics of Europe, Trump is way out Right.

        However, I prefer to think of the Right, as its title suggests, Correct politics.


      • Gerry, England permalink
        August 21, 2017 1:40 pm

        Absolutely right, Joan. We have a Conservative government in the UK that are centre left liberals and wouldn’t what a conservative was so they probably got quite a shock meeting the DUP from N Ireland.

    • johnrmcd permalink
      August 26, 2017 10:24 am

      You, Mate, are barking!

      • johnrmcd permalink
        August 26, 2017 10:27 am

        Aimed at the drip who compared Trump and ManBearPig.

  4. Dung permalink
    August 20, 2017 5:55 pm

    Al Gore is where I started to read about climate change, specifically an exchange of views with Chris (Lord) Monckton in the Telegraph. The first article was by Monckton and it contained many facts and reasoned arguments, the article by Gore the following week contained lots of words like catastrophic and unprecedented along with many (large) photos of natural happenings like storms and droughts (with not even an attempt to offer proof).
    That started my conviction that humand influence on climate change was not happening and despite reading around the subject for years I have not changed my view.

    • HotScot permalink
      August 20, 2017 6:29 pm


      we followed much the same path, although I suspect I was slower to wake up.

      • Dung permalink
        August 21, 2017 1:14 pm

        You always seem wide awake to me ^.^

  5. Broadlands permalink
    August 20, 2017 6:37 pm

    Al Gore is not a scientist. He started with ozone depletion, conned the public and legislators and has moved on to long-term weather forecasting. Where does he get his “expertise”? Who are “his” climatologists who support the convenient use of selected “facts” and photos? Is this where the “snake-oil” sales really start? The base of a massive funding “food chain”.

    • HotScot permalink
      August 20, 2017 6:48 pm

      Gore’s movies are nothing more than PR for his lucrative investments in renewables and carbon trading.

      I believe he closed his investment fund to new applicant’s at $5Bn.

    • August 20, 2017 9:45 pm

      Al Gore does not claim to be a scientist. He claims to be reporting what science says, the consensus view that makes him the most money and is easiest to sell. It’s part of the con—if someone else said it and he’s just reporting it, it’s not his fault if it’s wrong. The “experts” were wrong and the only thing Gore was wrong about was to trust them. (Yes, it’s a cop-out, but that’s what he and others say if pushed about Gore not being a scientist.)

      • Gerry, England permalink
        August 21, 2017 1:43 pm

        Not being a scientist is fine for spouting out in favour of global warming, so says the railway engineer formerly in charge of the IPCC, Pachauri.

  6. August 20, 2017 7:05 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  7. Nigel S permalink
    August 20, 2017 9:56 pm

    Two weeks to bring out a repudiation of ManBearPig’s nonsense, an amazing achievement. I bet Al regrets inventing the internet. Is it just me or is there a resemblance to Tommy Cooper’s ‘Just Like That!’ in the top photo?

    • HotScot permalink
      August 20, 2017 10:01 pm

      Bottle Glass,

      Glass Bottle.

      Except Tommy Cooper was a far better illusionist than ManBearPig.

  8. M E Emberson permalink
    August 20, 2017 10:27 pm

    The recent uproar in the U.S has led to the news TV Radio and Press to equate the Antifa mob as working for the Democrats. However they themselves boast that they are Anarchists and wish to destroy the State. It happened in Italy and France that putting down Anarchistic mobs in the post WWI period led to Fascist organisations .see Mussolini who used Fascists in his own desire for Order.
    see ref.,8599,2040304,00.html
    about a spate of anarchist bomb threats in Europe.
    “Anarchism’s European heyday was in the late 19th and early 20th century. The events of the short-lived Paris Commune in 1871 — when France’s capital fell briefly under anarchist-communist rule — fired the anarchist imagination. A vibrant print culture emerged of pamphlets and newspapers, distributed widely to a growing working class readership. Labor strikes in remote dusty valleys rapidly became the talk of capitals worldwide. At the turn of the century, anarchist European emigres in New York’s Greenwich Village comprised a significant bloc among the restless American city’s literary world.”
    The NYT would think of itself as ‘literary ‘ then and so the news media now feel they are above the rabble or deplorables who voted again Ms Clinton. ( this is my personal viewpoint )

  9. garyh845 permalink
    August 20, 2017 11:34 pm

    “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 . . ”

    In the National Park Service report, “The Retreat of the Exit Glacier:

    “The Little Ice Age (LIA) was a time of global cooling from approximately 1350
    to 1870 AD. During this time glaciers expanded in the northern regions, moving
    down the mountains and scouring the vegetation that had been in the valleys
    below. Park Service personnel recently discovered evidence of a buried forest
    dating back to at least 1170 AD high in the Forelands near the current glacier’s edge.
    Exit Glacier advanced from the Harding Icefield during the Little Ice Age, burying
    this existing forest and advancing to a maximum marked by the terminal moraine
    dated to 1815.”

    That’s 847 years ago . . then the cold returned, and the glaciers advanced mowing down the forest. Only now, are we getting close to a period in which the trees can once again take root and hopefully grow into a beautiful life giving forest.

    • August 21, 2017 3:15 am

      I love that one. The recent past has been much warmer than today without any help from SUVs.

      Likewise historians tell us that French folks were alarmed by the quality and quantity of wine produced in England during the 14th century. You can trust historians or geologists but “Climate Scientists” are mostly knaves or fools:

  10. Tim permalink
    August 21, 2017 8:49 am

    A source reference for the Chinese crop figures would be really helpful if I am to forward this and promote it.

  11. Dung permalink
    August 21, 2017 3:20 pm

    Now that online abuse is going to be classed as ‘hate crime’ and punished acordingly, does that mean I am not allowed to call Gore a lying, greedy shyster anymore?

    • August 21, 2017 3:39 pm

      As long as you don’t call him male, white, fat, cis, or old, you should be on safe ground. You can insult people for things they do but not what they are.

      Unless we are what we do, in which case I’m not sure.

  12. August 28, 2017 4:57 pm

    Melanie Phillips Facebook page post points out what Roy Spencer blogged
    That in Amazon his book is far outselling Gore’s

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