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The Great Global Warming Swindle

 
Anonymous Coward
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The Great Global Warming Swindle
Channel 4 Thursday 8 March at 9pm
[link to www.channel4.com]

In a polemical and thought-provoking documentary, film-maker Martin Durkin argues that the theory of man-made global warming has become such a powerful political force that other explanations for climate change are not being properly aired.




The film brings together the arguments of leading scientists who disagree with the prevailing consensus that a 'greenhouse effect' of carbon dioxide released by human activity is the cause of rising global temperatures.

Instead the documentary highlights recent research that the effect of the sun's radiation on the atmosphere may be a better explanation for the regular swings of climate from ice ages to warm interglacial periods and back again.

The film argues that the earth's climate is always changing, and that rapid warmings and coolings took place long before the burning of fossil fuels. It argues that the present single-minded focus on reducing carbon emissions not only may have little impact on climate change, it may also have the unintended consequence of stifling development in the third world, prolonging endemic poverty and disease.

The film features an impressive roll-call of experts, including nine professors – experts in climatology, oceanography, meteorology, environmental science, biogeography and paleoclimatology – from such reputable institutions as MIT, NASA, the International Arctic Research Centre, the Institut Pasteur, the Danish National Space Center and the Universities of London, Ottawa, Jerusalem, Winnipeg, Alabama and Virginia.

The film hears from scientists who dispute the link between carbon dioxide levels and global temperatures.

'The ice core record goes to the very heart of the problem we have,' says Tim Ball, Climatologist and Prof Emeritus of Geography at the University of Winnipeg in the documentary. 'They said if CO2 increases in the atmosphere, as a greenhouse gas, then the temperature will go up'.

In fact, the experts in the film argue that increased CO2 levels are actually a result of temperature rises, not their cause, and that this alternate view is rarely heard. 'So the fundamental assumption, the most fundamental assumption of the whole theory of climate change due to humans, is shown to be wrong.'

'I've often heard it said that there is a consensus of thousands of scientists on the global warming issue, that humans are causing a catastrophic change to the climate system,' says John Christy, Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Center, NSSTC University of Alabama. 'Well I am one scientist, and there are many, that simply think that is not true.'

The film examines an alternative theory that explains global temperatures, based on research by Professor Eigil Friis-Christensen of the Danish Space Center. The professor and his team found that as solar activity increases, and the sun flares, cloud formation on earth is significantly diminished and temperature rises.

Ian Clark, Professor of Isotope hydrogeology and paleoclimatology at the Dept of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa explains: 'Solar activity over the last hundred years, over the last several hundred years, correlates very nicely, on a decadal basis, with temperature.'

Finally, the film argues that restricting CO2 emissions could actually be damaging for people in the developing world. James Shikwati, Kenyan director of the Inter Region Economic Network, says: 'The rich countries can afford to engage in some luxurious experimentation with other forms of energy, but for us we are still at the stage of survival.

'I don't see how a solar panel is going to power a steel industry, how a solar panel is going to power a railway network, it might work, maybe, to power a small transistor radio.

'The thing that emerges from the whole environmental debate is the point that there is somebody keen to kill the African dream, and the African dream is to develop. We are being told don't touch your resources, don't touch your oil, don't touch your coal; that is suicide.
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03/03/2007 09:33 AM
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Re: The Great Global Warming Swindle
I think human beings should keep cutting down all the trees everywhere (deforrestation greater than 80% in many places on the globe), dig up all the coal, and drill out all the oil, and make all the fires in homes and industry grow even hotter in the name of "progress", and the sooner the better.

Nothing to worry about - earth and climate change is only natural variation. Gawd'll take care of man.
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03/05/2007 06:46 PM
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Re: The Great Global Warming Swindle
bump
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03/05/2007 07:31 PM
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Re: The Great Global Warming Swindle
Timball is just another paid-off crank

[link to www.desmogblog.com]
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there is an awful lot of articles released reinforcing these positions, however not many are providing actual science but references to other people pieces of science and ideas.

normally i am all for the idea plate to be filled fast however something stinks on this platter. we will see won't we?
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Channel 4 Now Ashamed of its Experts
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03/06/2007 09:07 PM
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Even before the show goes to air (March 8, 9 p.m.), Channel 4’s “The Great Global Warming Swindle ” leaves the truth in the gutter.
In its promotional material, Channel 4 was advertising one of its experts, Dr. Tim Ball, as a “Climatologist and Prof Emeritus of Geography at the University of Winnipeg.” In fact, Dr. Ball retired from a short, unspectacular academic career in 1995. He neither earned – nor was he given – the honour of an Emeritus professorship, and the University of Winnipeg has, on at least one previous occasion, specifically requested that he stop presenting himself as such.

Far from being a working scientist or credible expert, Dr. Ball has associated himself in the last decade with a series of energy industry front groups (the Friends of Science, the Natural Resource Stewardship Project ) that fight against any policy that would address climate change. ...

bwaaahaahaaa

some expert huh?
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The "man-made climate change" hoax is shaping up to be as monstrously huge as the holocaust hoax, only more expensive (i.e. "green" taxes).
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Far from being a working scientist or credible expert, Dr. Ball has associated himself in the last decade with a series of energy industry front groups (the Friends of Science, the Natural Resource Stewardship Project ) that fight against any policy that would address climate change. ...

bwaaahaahaaa

some expert huh?
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So what? The eco-fascists are being paid by New World Order lobbyists such as Greenpeace and the Sierra Club.

Heard of the Georgia Guidestones?
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03/06/2007 09:35 PM
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yup. next question
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The heat retaining nature of CO2 in the atmosphere is well known and predictable with a high degree of accuracy.

The astonishing increases in atmospheric CO2, from human activity, in the last 100 years is also accurately known, and no one short of being a lunatic denies it.

Each day, humans release around 80,000,000 tons of "additional" CO2 into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels.

From these simple, verifiable facts, anyone with common sense knows that this is leading to some major problems.

Some powerful corporate energy company executives, and the politicians that they lobby, believe that if they merely "deny" the facts of science, by manipulating the media message with shills and “paid for” scientists, that the problem will actually go away and their comfortable excess can go on unabated. --- It's a pity that life can't be that simple!

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