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Former vice president Al Gore’s jarring movie An Inconvenient Truth may have won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, rattled the complacent cages of middle America and stimulated discusssion about the dangers of ignoring climate change.

But was it “hype” laced with exaggerated claims and outright factual errors? Has it actually unnerved bonafide climate scientists?

A New York Times story published March 13 takes Gore to task.

“Part of his scientific audience is uneasy,” wrote William Broad. “In talks, articles and blog entries that have appeared since his film and accompanying book came out last year, these scientists argue that some of Mr. Gore’s central points are exaggerated and erroneous. They are alarmed, some say, at what they call his alarmism.”

The response to Broad’s story has been swift, if not savage. You’ll need to keep refreshing Google News or Technorati to keep up. Later in the day, the conservatives and climate-change deniers will chime in. Let the blogwar games begin.

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