“The judge identified nine aspects of An Inconvenient Truth, nine core errors, where Al Gore either misstated the IPCC or prejudicially exaggerated what they found.” John Day is the lawyer for a British parent who sued the British Department
of Education when they tried to distribute An Inconvenient Truth to schools.
Children's Rhymes Turned into Global Warming Propaganda
Written by MS   
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 22:49
You may remember this delightful video that we've written about before:

Now the same group has produced these ads that you've may have seen in the news this week:
“Rub a dub dub three men in a tub, a necessary course of action due to flash flooding caused by climate change”“Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. There was none, as extreme weather due to climate change had caused a drought”“Twinkle twinkle little star; how I wonder what you are, looking down at dangerously high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.”alt

939 complaints were lodged with the UK Advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) against the ads the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for these five advertisements all associated with the Act on CO2 campaign.

Even the ASA admits:
The number of individuals objecting to the ads is likely to have been higher; we advised subsequent enquirers whose points of complaint were already being investigated that they need not register a new complaint unless they wanted to.

The ASA found that the "Jack & Jill" and "Three Men in a Tub" ads were not delivered gently enough in their language when referencing the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stating:

Because, in a European context, there was a probability of greater than 90% for some events but a probability of greater than 50% for other events and because all statements about future climate conditions were based on modelled predictions, which the IPCC report itself stated still involved uncertainties in the magnitude and timing, as well as regional details, of predicted climate change, we concluded that the claim "Extreme weather events such as storms, floods and heatwaves will become more frequent and intense" in ad (b) and the claim "extreme weather conditions such as flooding, heat waves and storms will become more frequent and intense" in ad (c) should have been phrased more tentatively to reflect that.

During the hearings on the ads, the DECC stated that "there was no intention to shock or distress any viewer," but also acknowledged, "This new series of ads aimed to get people to engage with the issue and seriously consider changing their behaviour in order to help contribute to a reduction of the UK's emissions overall."  But given Clearcast, a voluntary creative reviewer for advertising bodies, cleared the script of each ad for adherence to the British Committee for Advertising Practice and 939 complaints were still filed with the ASA, questions remain: Who is the best judge of good versus menacing advertising? Do strictly enforced advertising guidelines simply mask the fact that this is political, fear mongering content and those who are willing to to speak out against such content are being brushed aside in a bureaucratic process?    

Both the "Jack & Jill" and "Rub adub dub" ads were banned by the ASA, but you can still expect to see the "Story Time", "Twinkle, twinkle", and "Hey, diddle, diddle" ads in circulation.

In response to the ruling the DECC has declared complete vindication stating on their primary site, "The ASA has comprehensively vindicated the accuracy of the TV advert we made and rebuffed those who attempted to use the advertising standards process to question the reality of manmade climate change... We will continue to provide public information about the dangers of climate change."

It's a good thing US consumers are far more outspoken in their dissatisfaction with advertising content and get much better than a bureaucratic review of ads by large governing bodies. As for the propaganda still in circulation in the UK, we encourage you to keep complaining.

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Jim Kay said:

Hey diddle, diddle, an ass with a riddle
Telling about snow in the south.
Seems the more CO2
Al Gore blows from his flue
We'll soon see snow storms in Miami, too!
March 18, 2010
Votes: +3

km said:

Jack and Jill went up the hill,
to fetch a pail of water,
but the well was nailed shut with a sign saying
"closed due computer forecast drought",
although Jill could hear water sloshing in the well..
"Stupid environmentalists" said Jack.
March 18, 2010
Votes: +2

gm said:

There once was a man from tennessee
who was as evil as a man could be

he preached global warming
while the snow storms were storming

and exhaust spewed from his SUV
March 19, 2010
Votes: +2

Zack said:

If this ad really up sets you pigs than you got more things to worry about than some silly ad. Climate Change is real! Get your heads out of your good for nothing ass and try to help the planet.
March 29, 2010
Votes: +0

Britney Thomas said:

All Science is Propaganda....(at least the parts that I don't want to believe)
Yeah, they should probably stop teaching the Theory of Gravity too....that's propaganda !!!
April 30, 2010
Votes: +0

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