The Great Global Warming Swindle
Saturday, 14 July 2007 10:33
The "documentary" Great Global Warming Swindle aired this week. I'm still waiting to see it, but the interviews with its director were enough to convince me it was rubbish.
Unfortunately this comes at a bad time, just when everyone had got into line about finally doing something - or at least in the case of Coalition and Laour at least pretending to do something.
The ABC who aired the documentary, have now published a blow by blow explanation of why it was bunk.
The following post from Greenleap has links to other sources of the information needed to provide factual analysis of the documentary, and some background on the previously misleading activities of its producer.
The ABC swindle
The ABC's screening of 'The Great Global Warming Swindle', a BBC show
which presents falsified and discredited scientific claims as scientific
fact, has caused a considerable debate. The ATA (Alternative Technology
Association of Australia) has grave concerns about some of the claims made
in the program, and would advise readers to seek out some of the many
critical pieces which de-bunk the program.
Below is a selection of the many critiques which have been published to
dis-credit the claims made in the program.
A comprehensive response was put together by the Australian Science Media
Centre in the lead up to the film's Australian airing. Entitled 'The Great
Global Warming Swindle: Scientists Respond' the website includes personal
comment, general rebukes and has a host of links to other relevant
The so-called 'scientific data' presented in the film is widely
discredited, with the film-makers even admitting that some of the data was
altered to support their claims. A detailed critique is provided by David
Jones, Andrew Watkins, Karl Braganza and Michael Coughlan from the UK's
National Climate Centre and Bureau of Meteorology. (more)
George Monbiot provided significant critique in an article in the Guardian
in March this year. (more)
Carl Wunsch, a leading US climate scientist who appeared in the program
under false pretences has had his views presented in an article in the
Guardian newspaper. He believes that the film was 'grossly distorted' and
'as close to pure propaganda as anything since World War Two', and is
contemplating legal action over his appearance in the show. (more)
Martin Durkin, the film-make himself, has appeared before the Independent
Television Commission in the UK in the past for misleading the public. (more)
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