Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dobbs Let Global Warming Sides Air Face to Face

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Aired October 12, 2009 - 19:00 ET

Coming up next - fallout over that video of elementary kids in New Jersey singing the praise of Barack Hussein Obama. Protestors outside the school say the sing-along was really political indoctrination. And former Vice President Al Gore confronted on his global warming claim. Some say his movie "An Inconvenient Truth" turns out not to be a truth at all. One critic taking on Mr. Gore face to face.

WIAN: Yet the debate over climate change is far from settled. Former Vice President Al Gore whose 2006 Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth", considered a turning point in the effort to combat climate change spoke to a group of environmental journalists Friday. He did not directly answer questions from the director of a soon to be released documentary highly critical of Gore's film.

MCALEER: A judge in the British High Courts, after a (INAUDIBLE) hearing, found there were nine significant errors. This has been shown to children. Now, have you - do you accept those findings and have you done anything to correct those errors?

AL GORE, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Well, I'm not going to go through all of those. The - the ruling was in favor of the movie, by the way, and the ruling was in favor of showing the movie in schools. And that - that's really the - the bottom line on that. There's been such a long discussion of each one of those specific things, one of them, for example, was that, polar bears - if I remember it correctly. It's been a long time ago - that polar bears really aren't endangered. Well, polar bears didn't get that word. So -

MCALEER: Well, the number of polar bears have increased, actually, and are increasing.

GORE: You don't think they're endangered, do you?

MCALEER: The number of polar bears have increased.

GORE: Do you think they're endangered?

MCALEER: The number of polar bears have increased. I mean, if - if the number of polar bears increased, surely they're not endangered.

GORE: But there weren't polar bear...

MCALLER: A judge did a (INAUDIBLE) hearing...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All right. That's it. We have to move on.

MCALLER: No. But - no. I mean, Vice President Gore - Vice President Gore hasn't...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're not doing a debate here.

MCALEER: No. I just got this question, and he hasn't answered the question. It's (INAUDIBLE)...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have 10 minutes left for these people to ask questions.

MCALEER: Yes, but I would appreciate his answer to the (INAUDIBLE).

WIAN: Conference organizers then cut off McAleer's microphone.

The dispute centers on a 2007 British court ruling that Gore's film had nine significant errors, including its assertion that ice pack melting would cause the sea level to rise 20 feet in the near future and that Hurricane Katrina was caused by global warming. Gore's Spokeswoman had said in a statement earlier that the former vice president was gratified by the judge's decision saying that, "Of the thousands and thousands of facts presented in the film, the judge apparently took issue with a handful."


WIAN: Now, we looked into the polar bear question, and it is true that their numbers have increased dramatically since the 1950s, mostly though because of restrictions on hunting. Those who see climate change as a threat point to more recent declines in some polar bear populations as evidence that a warming planet threatens their existence - Lou.

DOBBS: Yes, well the actual point of contention, as I recall - I love the way that Al Gore makes it sound like that was 200 years ago. That was just two years ago, 2007. It involved four drowning polar bears. It turns out they didn't. That's sort of straightforward and a simple fact isn't it?

WIAN: Yes, and it's one of those claims that the film made that this British High Court ruled that, yes, it could be shown in the schools over there, but with the disclaimer that these nine facts asserted in the film were in error, and Al Gore didn't mention that, Lou.

DOBBS: Well - well, we did, didn't you? Appreciate it, Casey. Thanks so much. Casey Wian.

Well, the extent of the threat posed by climate change is the subject of our face-off debate tonight, and, as always, it is an emotional, a controversial issue, and the emotionalism that surround it is in and of itself fascinating - at least to me. Joining me now is Phelim McAleer. He is the director and the producer of the documentary "Not Evil, Just Wrong" - who you just saw, by the way, questioning Al Gore. Good to have you with us. And Fred Krupp. He is the president of the Environmental Defense Fund. Good to have you with us.

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Transcript of CNN’s LOU DOBBS TONIGHT - Aired October 12, 2009 - 19:00 ET
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