Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Great Global Warming Swindle reviewed

Last night I finally watched the ABC's version of the Great Global Warming Swindle. It was edited down to 55 minutes, and it even came with an ABC disclaimer before the show saying that the views expressed within were not those of ABC management. It was also followed by Tony Jones flying to London to interview Martin Durkin in a very aggressive manner.

Despite the ABC treating this as very controversial, and trying to smear and tarnish the names of some of the people involved, I do think this show is very convincing and very powerful. It brings some balance to the hysteria, and shows that there should be a lot more skepticism before we come to the conclusion that governments need to regulate human activity with the aim of curbing CO2 emissions.

Many eminent scientists were involved and quoted. They were not just doubtful, but they were highly critical, of the MMCGW (man made catastrophic global warming) thesis. Most interesting for me was the devastating take-down of the UN's IPCC as nothing more than a corrupt political body which does not represent scientific consensus. There have been fair criticisms of some of the science and graphs involved, perhaps this detracts from 2 of the points raised in the film, but all in all, there were a good 7 or 8 major points raised that seem irrefutable. This stands in stark contrast to Al Gore's film which made 15 or more wild claims and all were easily irrefutable.