The loudly trumpeted “errors” are largely quibling over wording; in a couple of cases the Judge was clearly wrong.
Justice Burton agreed that
“Al Gore’s presentation of the causes and likely effects of climate change in the film was broadly accurate.”
There were nine points where Burton decided that AIT differed from the IPCC and that this should be addressed in the Guidance Notes for teachers to be sent out with the movie.
Unfortunately a gaggle of useless journalists have misreported this decision as one that AIT contained nine scientific errors. Let me name some of the journalists who got it wrong: Sally Peck in the Daily Telegraph, Nico Hines in the Times, Mike Nizza in the New York Times, James McIntyre in the Independent, PA in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, David Adam in the Guardian, Daniel Cressey in Nature, the BBC, Mary Jordan in the Washington Post, Marcus Baram for ABC News, and (of course) Matthew Warren in the Australian.
Let’s look at Time Magazine. Their headline said the judge called it “political.” Well, that is quite misleading to the average American, who will think it means Democrats vs Republicans. That’s not what the judge meant; he meant political in the sense that Gore is trying to influence policy. He wrote:
it is clear that it is based substantially on scientific research and opinion – but that it is a political film, albeit of course not party political. Its theme is not merely the fact that there is global warming, and that there is a powerful case that such global warming is caused by man, but that urgent, and if necessary expensive and inconvenient, steps must be taken to counter it, many of which are spelt out. Paul Downes, using persuasive force almost equivalent to that of Mr Gore, has established his case that the views in the film are political by submitting that Mr. Gore promotes an apocalyptic vision, which would be used to influence a vast array of political policies….
The reader is referred to the entire opinion, as well as to the excellent discussion by Deltoid, which shows the several errors made by the judge, who in several cases tried to put words in Gore’s mouth, and in other cases was simply wrong about the facts.
It is notable that the judge did not require some “fair and balanced’ opposing film to be shown to the school children; he stated that the schools are not required to give equal time, for example, to a presentation that might suggest the moon is “made of green cheese.”