In Australia -- the country with the second-highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions after the United States, and the only other industrialized country not to ratify Kyoto -- Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane characterized the film as "just entertainment" and said he would not take counsel from an unsuccessful presidential candidate who could not even convince his own people he was right.
Opposition environment spokesman Anthony Albanese said Mr Macfarlane was arrogant and naive and called on him to explain what he finds entertaining about Hurricane Katrina or anything else in the film. For his part, Prime Minister John Howard was also dismissive, saying he did not take policy advice from films.
Meanwhile, Environment Minister Ian Campbell vouched for the science in the film and threw his support behind Gore's efforts to raise the public consciousness:
My most respected scientists concur with me that the science in vice-president Gore's movie is sound and solid. It's based on fact and the consequences of not addressing the problems that vice-president Gore has identified are very substantial.