The Great Global Warming Swindle

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Wow, what a programme. Well done to Channel 4 (UK) for broadcasting ‘The Great Global Swindle‘. For those that missed it, it was a controversial 1.5hr programme explaining why there is no conclusive proof that man-made carbon dioxide emissions are responsible for global-warming.

They called on eminent scientists, IPCC members, ex-NASA meteorologists, a former New Scientist editor, a Greenpeace co-founder amongst many others who all came up with convincing arguments as to why reducing our own cardon dioxide emissions is likely to have little or no effect.

In fact they called into question whether there was any such greenhouse/global warming effect in the first place. After all the Earths temperature has fluctuated since records began and we’re nowhere near as warm at the moment as we have been in the past.

Unfortunately, us mere-mortals are fed our information by the media and such TV programmes, so it’s going to be very hard to conclusively decide which argument is right. But below is a summary of the programme – add a comment if I’ve missed something out.

MAIN POINTS

Throughout history, CO2 levels have actually risen AFTER a rise in the Earths temperature (often lagging behind as much as 800 years!).In the 1940’s, the Earths temperature continued to rise, whilst CO2 levels dramatically fell. By the mid 70’s, there were predictions that we were about to enter an Ice Age!

The rise and fall of the Earths temperature is directly related to sunspot activity. There’s currently very high sun spot activity. The number of sun spots also correlate to previous rises and falls in the Earths temperature.
Our CO2 production is so insignificant that its measured in parts per million. However, the amount of CO2 emitted from volcanos per year far exceeds the total of our own output (inc cars, power stations etc). On top of that there’s rotting vegetation and surprisingly the oceans, which are the biggest contributor to carbon dioxide production.

As the Earth gets warmer, the oceans emit more CO2. As the Earth gets cooler, the oceans absorb and dissolve CO2.

There has been a huge political agenda behind encouraging the promotion of the global warming theory – concerns over dwindling stocks of coal and encouraging the use of nuclear and other more prevalent energy supplies. Also to stifle the development of African Nations and the third world.

The influential United Nations report on Climate change, which claimed humans were responsible, was a sham. It claimed to be the opinion of 2,500 leading scientists, but Prof Reiter said it included names of scientists who disagreed with the findings. He resigned from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but said the report was finalised by Government appointees.

Billions of pounds is being provided by governments to fund greenhouse effect research, so thousands of scientists know their job depend on the theory continuing to be seen as fact. As a whole, the green industry is now worth billions of dollars worldwide and its in nobodys interest to scale it back.

CONCLUSION: even if global warming is proved to be just a natural Earth cycle, surely its still good to be developing, cheaper, more efficient methods of energy production and transport etc. And surely its still beneficial to be saving money and dwindling energy stocks by becoming more energy-efficient.

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6 Responses to “The Great Global Warming Swindle”

  1. duncan Says:

    Right, so since posting this message, some significant facts have come to light. I’m not judging, as I’m sure the environmentalists are also using propoganda, underhand tactics, hypocrisy and exaggeration of the facts to get across their points too. However, an investigation into a lot of the contributors to this programme show some interesting connections…

    Most of the scientists who were interviewed on this programme actually belong to the Canadian Friends of Science organisation – a group of 60 ‘leading scientists’ who don’t think climate change is real. Fine. Interestingly though, this domain name is owned by Charles Simpson, a “retired oil industry employee”. Tim Ball (also an FoS member and a contributor to the programme) seems to have a lot of his work sponsored by coal and oil companies! A lot of the other contributors also have links to coal and oil companies…

    These are all the recognised contributors. Do a Google search and see for yourself how well connected some of them are!
    Prof Tim Patterson; Prof Edward J. Wegman; Prof Bob Carter; Dr Willie Soon,; Dr Madhav Khandekar; Prof Wibjorn Karlen; Dr Henrik Svensmark; Dr Dick Morgan; Dr Fred Goldberg; Hans HJ Labohn; Steve McIntyre; Dr Ross McKitrick; Dr Chris Landsea

    Furthermore, do a search for Martin Durkin (the Director) and you’ll find some interesting search results and see that he may have an axe to grind too!!

  2. duncan Says:

    Another useful link

  3. Duncan Says:

    Another interesting WordPress blog. Doing a Google search reveals all kinds of heated discussions.

    I’m none the wiser!

  4. Simon Says:

    This is a very interesting argument and one that will be on-going no doubt. In the meantime my yard stick will be ‘one planet living’. Whoever is right the fact remains that we cannot continue to consume resources at the current rate as there are not enough to go around.

    So the focus on reducing CO2 emissions is a good general indicator of our use of the world’s resources and we should do all we can to reduce them.

  5. Smoky Says:

    well even with out proof, the writing is on the wall. Fix it or die!

    Thanks,

    Smoky

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