Gore’s ‘Inconvenient’ film flops with Washington school district
Frosty E. Hardison has made things a little chilly for Al Gore: The fatherofsevenhadMr.Gore’sglobal warming film “An Inconvenient Truth” banned from his local public schools.
“Al Gore’s video has no place in my kids’ public school classroom anymorethancondoms,”Mr.Hardison told The Washington Times on Jan. 11. “It is nothing more than an opportunity for him to grandstand and take more potshots at the Republicans for repeating his own error — of not doing enough. [. . .] Al Goreisnotaboutfindingsolutionsto theproblem.AlGoreisallaboutgetting his party re-elected.”
The computer consultant from Federal Way, Wash., became an- noyedwhenheheardthefilmwould be shown in his daughter’s school. Joined by other concerned parents, Mr. Hardison delivered a letter to the local school board on Jan. 9, sayingMr.Gore’sfilmwastoopolitically charged for student viewing.
The board agreed, voting to ban the film unless an “opposing viewpoint” approved by local school superintendent Tom Murphy is offered to students as a counterbalance to the docudrama, which frequently cites the U.S. as a source of environmental woes.
The film’s co-producer, self-described “global warming activist” Laurie David, did not hide her vexation over the decision.
“I am shocked that a school district would come to this decision. Thereisnoopposingviewtoscience which is fact, and the facts are clear that global warming is here, now,” she said from Los Angeles.
Mr. Hardison and the Federal Wayschooldistrict,locatedbetween Seattle and Tacoma, are not the first to reject Mr. Gore’s film. The University of Delaware’s Center for ClimaticResearchandABCNewscorrespondent John Stossel have said the film pushes alarmist views and questionable information.
In December, the National Science Teachers Association declined Mrs. David’s offer to distribute the film for free to 50,000 classrooms; she responded with a Washington Postop-edaccusingtheorganization of taking donations from Exxon MobilCorp.,ShellandtheAmerican Petroleum Institute.
“It’s bad enough when a company tries to peddle junk science to a bunch of grown-ups. But, like a tobacco company using cartoons to peddle cigarettes, Exxon Mobil is goingafterourkids,too,”Mrs.David wrote.
The association called her accu- sations “misleading,” noting that oil company contributions amounted to 3 percent of their total donations.
Hollywood-based Participant Productions, which produced “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Syriana” and other films with a social message, is distributing Mr. Gore’s film free to teachers, with a lesson plan included.
Meanwhile, Mr. Gore remains busyintheyouthfulmarketplace.He announcedJan.11thatthebookversion of his film has been adapted for youngreadersandwillbepublished by Viking Children’s Books/Rodale PublishinginApril.Thebookwillinclude 14 new chapters.
“There is no doubt that young people today are more aware of environmentalproblemsthanmygeneration ever was,” Mr. Gore said Jan. 11.