The Great Global Warming Swindle – 3

– This post is about The Great Global Warming Swindle which was broadcast on Britain’s Channel 4 on March 8th, 2007. The broadcast took the view that Global Warming is a lie and it has been creating quite a stir since it was aired.

– To locate related posts on this site, search for the term swindle.

– Here’s another good post on The Great Global Warming Swindle . This one is by John Houghton who chaired the first three IPCC working groups. He rebuts here many of the points raised in the show.

– And, in the interest of being fair, I’ve noted that no one who has written rebuttals to The Great Global Warming Swindle has taken Professor Reiter of Paris to task. I wondered about that and googled a bit to see what I could learn and found very little. Reiter, in the show, made the point that the IPCC claims, that Malaria will spread further as tempertures warm, are bunk. Even though most people don’t know it, Malaria is not a desease limited to the warmer parts of the planet. Indeed, he reminds us, Alaska has some of the worst mosquito problems in the world. In my research, I only found one article that made a tepid rebuttal of Reiter’s points and said they were, perhaps, overstated. In this piece, Houghton acknowledges that, “Professor Reiter who appeared in the programme described how, unfortunately, his expert work on malaria failed to get recognition in the elevant IPCC chapter“.

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The Great Global Warming Swindle
Programme directed by Martin Durkin, on Channel 4
on Thursday 8 March 2007

Critique by John Houghton, President, John Ray Initiative

Some background on Martin Durkin can be found on
http://www.gmwatch.org/profile1.asp?PrId=39
http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2000/03/16/modified-truth/

The programme purported to debunk the science of Global Warming describing its ‘lies’ and an invention of hundreds of scientists around the world who have conspired to mislead governments, and the general public. The most prominent
person in the programme was Lord Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer who is not a scientist and who shows little knowledge of the science but who is party to the creation of a conspiracy theory that questions the motives and integrity
of the world scientific community, especially as represented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The material presented was a mixture of truth, half truth and falsehood put together with the sole purpose of discrediting the science of global warming as presented by the main world community of climate scientists and by the IPCC.

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