The Great Global Warming Swindle: exposed

by Richard on March 11, 2007

I’m sorry. I’ll try to make this my last post about this documentary. But here are a few reactions from around the blogosphere.

Matt McIrvin: …if it’s true that they present the cooling from the 1940s-1970s as a mysterious flaw in the anthropogenic-global-warming hypothesis, that’s remarkably dishonest. It’s also remarkable that they’re still pushing the supposed discrepancy between surface and tropospheric warming not long after the last major piece of evidence for that was explained away as a math error.

Rearranging the Deckchairs: As far as the volcanos argument goes, I understand that the ‘documentary’ claims somewhere that volcanos emit more CO2 than humans. …
The problem is (assuming they said this) it’s not true. According to the US geological survey, human activities result in more than 150 times as much CO2 emissions as volcanoes each year.
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Climate Denial provides some useful background to many of the programme’s contributors.

Lots O’ Thoughts: Claim #1: CO2 doesn’t match the warming of the 20th Century.
Martin Durkin apparently believes that this is damning to the idea that climate change has largely been driven by CO2 emissions. However, nobody is claiming that CO2 is the only forcing agent. In fact, the mid-century cooling period, which was driven by sulfate emissions, fits perfectly into our current models.

katykins_wetgal: If a man who is an expert on global warming and believes that carbon from cars and factories is warming our climate has had footage of himself chopped around and edited up to make his contribution seem supportive of a programme about how human CO2 isn’t causing global warming, then what else in the documentary is also complete propagandised, out of context rubbish?

Peter C. Glover:* “I can’t believe such propaganda was allowed to be broadcast. I’m sending a donation to Greenpeace immediately.”

Sadly, though, the majority of the blogosphere seems to be deliriously happy about this piece of television. Which speaks volumes for the levels of scientific literacy these days.

*I made this one up.

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