Saturday, March 17, 2007
The New York Times, which may safely be called a pro-environmentalist and generally pro-Democratic paper, has published a good article by the excellent science writer William J. Broad on the scientific reaction to Al Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth. Broad writes that, despite agreement by a majority of relevantly-degreed scientists that Gore's central point is correct, criticisms about the film's use of oversimplification and overstatement are creating a mini-backlash. The fear is that easily challenged missteps (like depicting a 20-foot rise in sea levels when US experts predict 23 inches) make it easy for opponents to dismiss the film and thus its topic.