Swindled by the “Great Global Warming Swindle”

The film mentioned toward the end of tonight’s, April 9, ICAN meeting has been subject to scientific and editorial review, and it has lots of holes (Watch it online here). An extensive analysis by the Independent Weekly found the film full of errors, out-date-information, and some lies sprinkled in. Here are some quotes:

…graphs used out-of-date information or data that was shown some years ago to be wrong. Yet the programme makers claimed the graphs demonstrated that orthodox climate science was a conspiratorial “lie” foisted on the public….

The programme-makers labelled the source of the world temperature data as “Nasa” but when we inquired about where we could find this information, we received an email through Wag TV’s PR consultant saying that the graph was drawn from a 1998 diagram published in an obscure journal called Medical Sentinel. The authors of the paper are well-known climate sceptics who were funded by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine and the George C Marshall Institute, a right-wing Washington think-tank.

One of the scientists featured in the film, Carl Wunsch (MIT), says he was misquoted several times, and now wishes to lodge a formal complaint with the directors.

Many bloggers with much more time and energy than myself have debunked the film. Find them here ([1], [2], [3], [4], and on RealClimate’s excellent site). Here’s a quote from “RealClimate.org”:

On Thursday March 8th, the UK TV Channel 4 aired a programme titled “The Great Global Warming Swindle”. We were hoping for important revelations and final proof that we have all been hornswoggled by the climate Illuminati, but it just repeated the usual specious claims we hear all the time. We feel swindled.

Happy reading. I wish I had all these facts at the tip of my tongue in tonights meeting.

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