posted on Mar, 12 2007 @ 06:35 PM
Channel 4 have done it again... cutting edge TV to provide us with a balanced view of topics at the forefront of society... hmm... OK maybe not...
I decided to watch the documentary "The great global warming swindle" with an open mind but found myself uncomfortable from the start...
I questioned many of the, so called, facts they bring up from the very start...
The first being the fact that Global temperatures was on the increase up to WW2 and that straight after WW2 global temperatures declined until the mid
70's to early 80s when they started to rise again.
The argument is that the period after WW2 (known as the post war economic boom) was one of the busiest times in history for industry. Mass production
went into overdrive producing cars, fridges, and all the other consumer products we now take for granted, to go in all the new homes that where being
built in a period of mass development/expansion. This was an extremely high period of man made CO2 production.
Obviously if there is a correlation between man made CO2 and global warming then this period should see the biggest temperature rise when in fact it
shows the opposite, proving that there is no connection between CO2 and global temps... right... WRONG
When fossil fuels are burnt they not only release CO2... the release various other gases and also small particulates (mainly consisting of soot, ash
and sulphur compounds) These particulates go up into the atmosphere and change the optical properties of clouds, making them more reflective, and this
reflects sunlight back into space. This global dimming has a cooling effect that has masked the effects of global warming since the beginning of the
industrial revolution. One of the side effects of these particulates is respiratory disorders in human populations... This led to particle filters
being introduced to industry in the mid 1970's with the aim to reduce the amount of human health problems associated with this type of pollution. It
is also around this time that global temperatures showed a dramatic rise. The program decided to neglect, or maybe omit, this information from its
Another of the programs "facts" that amazed me was the claim that "volcano's produce more CO2 in a year than every factory on earth since the
beginning of the industrial revolution"
This is also not true... According to Terry Gerlach, US Geological Survey, Cascades Volcano Observatory...
"The greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most abundant gas emitted by volcanoes. Volcanologists estimate an annual global output of 200
million tons of volcanic CO2 per year. This natural source is balanced by natural processes that remove CO2 from the atmosphere.
By comparison, human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation produce 130 times more CO2 than all the world's volcanoes put
together (adding 26,000 million tons of CO2 to the atmosphere each year, the equivalent of 8,000 Kilaueas (Hawaii's most active volcano). This
comparison suggests humans are producing CO2 at a rate unprecedented in a geological history stretching back many millions of years. Clearly, there is
need to think seriously about the implications of human CO2 emissions and to consider how current energy policy and land use practices may impact our
So basically we pump 130 time more CO2 into the air than all the world volcano's combined!!!
In my humble opinion one of the most controversial and disturbing claims is the statement that Environmentalists are conspiring against the third
world to prevent it from developing its technology's. The program even went as far as to say that environmentalists are the cause of problems in
Africa and that industry's and corporates hold the key to rescuing Africa...
The irony of this is amazing... Farmers/workers in third world countries are mostly owned by big corporates who are competing with each other to bring
us (the consumer in the west) the best and cheapest in their goal of market domination.
The farmers/workers are often paid extremely low wages and can barely feed their family's... The land is often exploited leading to soil erosion and
draught for future generations...
So the claim is that the solution to Africa's problems is the same as the cause?? oh no... they forgot to mentions what caused the problem in the
No environmentalist is trying to stop Africa developing... most are simply trying to promote sustainable development (something the corporate no
In fact the program uses an African health center as proof of this... it show an African health worker who says that the 2 small solar panels, that
have been provided, do not produce enough electricity to run the lights and the fridge (which contains the drugs) at the same time. The program says
that if they had a coal burning power station they would not have to worry about this and that it is the fear of global warming that is holding back
this small health center and putting lives at risk...
Now hold on a second... wouldn't it be simpler to just give them more solar panels to power the center (with emergency backup generators)????
Another stupid claim was the bit about "Not having electric in rural Africa causes deaths because people have to burn open log fires in their homes
to cook food. The smoke from these fires causes lung disease that kills thousands"
Er... wouldn't it be easier to just build a chimney? When i grew up we had an open fire in our front room and no one died because the smoke went up
the chimney (which is hardly a complex thing to build)
Besides... Africa does have electricity... and power stations... It is just very difficult to get the power to the more remote areas and solar panels
offer a way around this.
Another section of the program talks about Global warming being based in a political agenda by Margaret Thatcher in 1980's Britain to promote Nuclear
power stations... it tries to connect Marxists and anti-capitalist with capitalists and democrats. It contradicts itself many times, first stating the
Global Warming theory started in the 70's... later it says the 80's... then it was Thatcher.... later it was Anarchists... maybe Thatcher was an
Anarchist democrat space monkey that farted CO2 straight into whales mouths and killed dolphins with laser harpoons in an attempt to promote nuclear
power... it gets so confusing my brain switched off...
I found this whole program extremely frustrating with its blatant bias and no real examination of science... It set out from the start to promote one
idea without evaluating other ideas therefore committing the crime it claimed it was out to stop?!?!?
The program makes the claim that the Environmentalist, the ICCP and all the other scientists/organisations that support the Man made global warming
theory do not believe that the sun effects global temperatures... this is a ridiculous claim... Everybody knows that the planet has gone through
regular temp changes (ice ages and warm periods)
In fact the program forget to mention one of the biggest cause of global temp change which is the Milankovitch cycles.
The Milankovitch cycles comprises of three dominant cycles of the planets circumnavigation of the Sun, eccentricity, axis tilt and precession. This
produces a 100,000 year cycle of warming and cooling. Now scientist can view the effects this graduale cycle has had, on our planets past, using ice
core samples and even tree ring readings. However, not all natural temperature changes have been gradual... there are examples of abrupt climate
change in our past, one example being the warming of the middle ages which was followed by an abrupt mini ice age. But it is not these changes alone
that are worrying scientist... It is these changes combined with the unprecedented change in the earths atmosphere. The amount of CO2 in our
atmosphere has increased to levels last seen 650,000 years ago... and this level is rising fast...
The program neglects so much, and fills the gap with so little, its almost unbelievable... That is until i see who wrote and directed the program...
Now... lets have a bit of history on this guy to put things in perspective...
"In October 1998 a television producer named Martin Durkin took a proposal to the BBC’s science series, Horizon. Silicone breast implants, he
claimed, far from harming women, were in fact beneficial, reducing the risk of breast cancer. Horizon commissioned a researcher to find out whether or
not his assertion was true. After a thorough review, the researcher reported that Mr Durkin had ignored a powerful body of evidence contradicting his
claims. Martin Durkin withdrew his proposal. Instead of dropping it, however, he took it to Channel 4 and, astonishingly, sold it to their science
"Mr Durkin has often been accused of taking liberties with the facts. In 1997 he made a series for Channel 4 called "Against Nature", which
compared environmentalists with Nazis, conspiring against the world’s poor. No one would suggest that green claims should not be subjected to
critical examination, but the people he interviewed were lied to about the contents of the programmes and given no chance to respond to the
accusations the series made.
The Independent Television Commission handed down one of the most damning verdicts it has ever reached: the programme makers "distorted by selective
editing" the views of the interviewees and "misled" them about the "content and purpose of the programmes when they agreed to take part." Channel
4 was forced to make a humiliating prime time apology. After the series was broadcast, I discovered that the assistant producer and several of its
interviewees worked for the right-wing libertarian magazine masquerading as "Living Marxism", which has just been successfully sued by ITN. All the
arguments Against Nature made had been rehearsed in LM."
"So what do you do with a director with a record like this, who has brought your channel into disrepute, who has misled both his contributors and his
audience? If you are Michael Jackson, the head of Channel 4, you commission him to make more programmes."
"Neither Martin Durkin nor, extraordinarily, Charles Furneaux, the commissioning editor of the science series Equinox, has a science background. They
don’t need one, for science on Channel 4 has been reduced to a crude manifesto for corporate libertarianism."
The really sad thing is that this program taps into what people want to believe... That all the cosy little comforts of the modern world don't really
"You see... i knew it was all rubbish... now i can continue driving my Jag and flying abroad 5 times a year"
And Martin Durkin knows this...