Climate change activist Al Gore received criticism recently for his new movie "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" from former NASA senior scientist and meteorologist Dr. Roy Spencer.
According to Spencer, “The new movie and book are chock-full of bad science, bad policy, and factual errors," the Washington Times reported.
Spencer took to his personal blog to dispute the "facts" that Gore laid out in his movie.
"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 said in a blog post on his website.
Spencer used the example of flooding in Miami to address Gore's claim that the sea's levels rise is the fault of man. According to Spencer, the sea level naturally rises and satellite imagery has previously shown Miami's beaches are sinking. That's because the area was built on reclaimed swamps that naturally sink. The area would have flooding, even without carbon emissions from humans, Spencer said on his blog.
Wheat and corn yields in China
In the past, Gore claimed China's crops are down by 5 percent over the last decade.
"Wrong," Spencer wrote. "They have been steadily climbing, just like almost everywhere else in the world."
In fact, based on a chart presented on Spencer's website, China's crops have increased six-fold since 1960.
The scientific analysis
According to Spencer, Gore cherry-picks his facts so it fits his narrative:
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.
Gore's first movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” was released in 2006.