Climatologist Roy Spencer publishes rebuttal to ‘Inconvenient Sequel’ as weekend box office drops by 59%
Mr. Spencer isn’t new to the warming debate — he’s a well-known climate skeptic — but there’s no disputing his credentials: He’s an award-winning former NASA senior scientist for climate studies who continues to work with NASA on the U.S. Science Team.
Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer: 'After viewing Gore’s most recent movie, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, and after reading the book version of the movie, I was more than a little astounded. The new movie and book are chock-full of bad science, bad policy, and factual errors. So, I was inspired to do something about it. I’d like to announce my new e-book, entitled An Inconvenient Deception: How Al Gore Distorts Climate Science and Energy Policy, now available on Amazon.com.'
Gore's 2006 'An Inconvenient Truth' served 'as a catalyst in the polarization of American public opinion on climate change.'
'Republicans may have taken an oppositional stance on climate change, at least partly, in response to signals from Democratic elites.'
The original Gore film 'likely played a role in turning Republicans against that message, since to them, Gore was simply a Democratic politician they disliked.'
'It’s highly unlikely that the release of Al Gore’s sequel to An Inconvenient Truth will have an impact similar to the original. The movie is generating significantly less traction in the box office and in the media. Furthermore, climate change has already become one of the most polarized issues of the day. Sadly, there is likely no way to turn back the clock. But it should serve as a warning for the future. It is not only important to pick a salient and informative message, but also an effective messenger to deliver it.'
Climate skeptic Steven Hayward comments on the new study: 'I had occasion to ask a straight-shooting 'mainstream' climate scientist I know slightly what he thought of Gore’s  film: 'I wish he’d made the film with John McCain.' In other words, Gore should have tried to make it a bipartisan effort.'
'GORE: THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING' - 'This study suggests is that Al Gore is the best friend climate skeptics ever had.'
'The best way to stop climate action is to give Gore more air time. And memo to Hillary Clinton: please please please make a movie about climate change. It would probably kill off the issue once and for all.'
UK Spectator journalist Ross Clark on his encounter with Gore: As soon as I mention Professor Wdowinski’s name, he counters: ‘Never heard of him — is he a denier?’ Then, as I continue to make the point, he starts to answer before directing it at me: ‘Are you a denier?’ When I say I am sure that climate change is a problem, but how big a one I don’t know, he jumps in: ‘You are a denier.’ That is a strange interpretation of the word ‘deny’, I try to say. But his PR team moves in and declares ‘Time’s up’, and I am left feeling like the guy in Monty Python who paid for a five-minute argument and was allowed only 30 seconds. On the way out, a frosty PR woman says to me: ‘Can I have a word with you?’ I wasn’t supposed to ask difficult questions, she says, because ‘this is a film junket, to promote the film’.
Kids in video exposed to dire climate claims to promote Gore's sequel and then "inspired" to fix problem. Climate activist Prince EA goes tells kids: "Storms are stronger than ever before...or more drought, wildfires, hurricanes than ever before."
“This is like, making me feel sad,” one kids says.
Via Huffington Post: Gore’s production partner, the social-change oriented Participant Media, told HuffPost the company never expected sales to top “An Inconvenient Truth.” ... “An Inconvenient Sequel” entered a much different movie market than “An Inconvenient Truth,”
'The movie came out during a rough season for sequels.'
In the U.S., climate change is anything but a priority for President Donald Trump, who earlier this year announced the nation’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. Coverage of the issue also appears to be waning. Broadcast television outlets, still a primary source of news for many Americans, devoted less than 50 minutes last year to climate change coverage, nearly one-third less than in 2015, according to a recent study. And the memory of Gore’s 2000 presidential run has faded over the past decade.
“Al Gore isn’t necessarily the hot-button person that he once was in 2006, that’s how quickly the winds of change occur in a political circle,” Jeff Bock, senior analyst at the box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations, said with a sigh. “That’s not that much different in the Hollywood circles, as well. An actress hot 10 years ago may barely have a career today.” He added: “Obviously you look at the disparity between the first one and the sequel at the box office, and that plays a big part.”