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Judge: Gore's Truth Not Exactly

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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NOT BIG IN THE UK Al (Photo: Getty Images)

An Inconvenient Truth may have been instrumental in Al Gore joining the ranks of the Dalai Lama as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, but just how truthful was Big Al in his global warming epic? Responding to a school official in the UK who did not want to screen it for his students, a British judge has ruled that the film contains errors made in "the context of alarmism and exaggeration."

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The ruling isn't exactly shocking—the documentary was never purported to be an impartial examination of climate change, and if Michael Moore's polemics have taught us anything, it's that Oscar-winners needn't be even-handed—but considering the coincidental Nobel announcement, it is an ill-timed ruling nonetheless.

Among the nine dubious facts the judge discovered in the film: Lake Chad isn't drying up because of global warming (insufficient evidence!); Hurricane Katrina wasn't a result of global warming (insufficient evidence!); and four polar bears didn't drown because their ice forts melted away (they were killed in a storm).

Will Gore have time to fix the errors and take home the $125,000 prize currently being offered to anyone who can scientifically prove that global warming exists? Probably.

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