The Truth is Inconvenient: Evaluating Gore’s Claims About the Political Dimensions of the Climate Change Debate

The science and politics of climate change are highly polarized and politicized. The issues involved are global, complex, and costly. To assume that there are clear cut answers and obvious paths for policy is to look at the set of questions with one’s mind already made up about the answers being sought. What makes matters worse is that today some are rewriting that history and in the process, not surprisingly, are rewriting it to suit their particular agendas. The most obvious examples are contained in former Vice President Al Gore’s picture book, An Inconvenient Truth.  Unfortunately, Mr. Gore’s interpretations parrot charges and accusations that are simply wrong and conveniently misleading.

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