Commentary by Alan Mercer | July 27, 2008 (reposting)
The Great Global Warming Swindle
Watch this documentary if you haven’t seen it already.
In my opinion, this documentary demolishes the global warming scam from top to bottom. Go ahead and argue any of these points if you disagree. If there are any errors or contrary interpretations of the science, feel free to comment.
(12 min into program) – There was global cooling from 1940 to 1975 even though it was a period of massive industrialization and increases in carbon dioxide levels.
(14 min) – Greenhouse gases are only a small part of the atmosphere. Water vapour amounts to 95% of all greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, eclipsing carbon dioxide levels which are miniscule.
(15 min) – The rate of warming should be higher in the troposphere if the greenhouse effect is the cause of warming, but it is not. Surface temperature is warming faster.
(19 min) – Examining past atmospheres imprisoned in ice, the link between temperature and carbon dioxide levels is the wrong way around from what Al Gore asserts. Carbon dioxide rises with increases in temperature. There is a lag of hundreds of years. In other words, warming produces more carbon dioxide.
(22 min) – Carbon dioxide is a natural product of life. Carbon dioxide is NOT a pollutant. Carbon dioxide is how living things grow! Human activity produces a small fraction of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Volcanoes produce more carbon dioxide than all man-made sources put together. Animals and bacteria produce 150 gigatonnes whereas humans produce only 6.5 gigatonnes per year. Dying vegetation is an even larger source of carbon dioxide.
(23-24 min) – The biggest of all sources of carbon dioxide is the oceans. The oceans are a major reservoir of carbon dioxide. The oceans emit carbon dioxide when heated – when earth temperatures rise – and absorb carbon dioxide when cooled. The time lag is explained by the fact that the oceans are vast and deep and therefore take hundreds of years to warm up or cool down.
(26 min) – If carbon dioxide is not driving climate, then what is? The Sun. The direct effect of the Sun’s heat is discussed, including the success of Dr. Piers Corbyn’s long-range weather forecasting based on sunspot activity. The science shows a direct relationship between sunspot activity and global temperatures.
(30 min) – The Sun also has an indirect effect on cloud formation. When the Sun is more active, its solar wind is stronger and deflects more cosmic rays so that fewer cosmic rays reach the earth. The result is that fewer clouds are formed and temperatures increase. When there is less solar activity, there is less deflection of cosmic rays. Therefore more clouds are formed and temperatures decrease.
(34 min) – The same type of alarmism was going on in the 70’s about the threat of a new ice age! The Weather Machine was the name of the BBC documentary.
(36-39 min) – Politicization of science. Margaret Thatcher wanted energy independence for the U.K., and especially favoured nuclear energy. British government funding began in order to promote the climate change theory. Research funding from governments distorted the science. A clear example of this is presented by Nigel Calder (39 min).
(39 min) – Those who demonized industrialization, economic growth and capitalism were promoting the same global warming message as Western governments.
(43 min) – U.S. government funding jumped to billions of dollars a year. Research funding was tied to research with a global warming focus.
(46 min) – It is ridiculous to ignore the Sun, and ignore water vapour and focus on something as inconsequential as carbon dioxide as a presumed cause of earth temperatures rising.
(47 min) – Limitations of computer models which are based on groundless assumptions about carbon dioxide. Discussion about the media only being interested in what is dramatic.
(52 min) – Ice caps are constantly expanding and contracting. It is an ordinary event that huge pieces of ice break away. It makes for very dramatic news.
(54 min) – Discussion of sea level disaster predictions and how sea level actually works.
(55 min) – Discussion about the scare of malaria moving north. This is a false scare, because mosquitoes do live in cold climates contrary to misinformation in the IPCC report. Prof. Paul Reiter gives the example of a malaria tragedy that occurred in the Soviet Union, even at the Arctic circle, with 600,000 deaths. Malaria is not just a tropical disease.
(56-57 min) – Prof. Frederick Seitz’s June 12, 1996 letter to the Wall St. Journal about the IPCC : “I have never witnessed a more disturbing corruption of the peer-review process than the events that led to this IPCC report.”
(58 min) – Prof. Reiter resigned from IPCC because of his disagreements, but his name was still on the draft report. He threatened legal action to have his name removed. He says that others who also disagreed became part of the list of scientists who supposedly affirmed the final report.
(59 min) – It is difficult for dissident scientists to get funded. Taxpayer (coerced) money goes to the global warming theory.
(1h) – Constant accusations that climate dissidents are getting paid by oil and gas industries – even though billions of dollars of government funding goes to climate change science. For the global warming fanatics, it’s somehow ok for taxpayers to be ripped off but private sector funding is just fine. A hysterical activist is shown denouncing “climate criminals”.
(1h 1 min) – Africa is coming under intense pressure not to develop. In contrast, 6000 delegates are shown at the climate conference in Africa. There is now a huge bureaucracy dependent for their livelihoods on this belief system
(1h 4) – The power of the global warming campaign. Even Bush has joined up – what a surprise that was. Not.
“The policies being pushed to prevent global warming are having a disastrous effect on the world’s poorest people.” Draconian measures are being threatened based on the “precautionary principle”. They never talk about the risks of poor nations NOT having access to industrial technology, oil and coal! They are preventing Africans from becoming industrialized and standing on their own feet. As always.
(1h 6) – The poor have to live with polluting wood smoke. No electricity, no lights, no refrigeration, no hot water. Life is hard without electricity.
(1h 7) – Africa has coal and oil but environmental groups are campaigning against these efficient and cheap sources of energy. Solar and wind power are unreliable (demo included). The idea that the world’s poorest people should be restricted to the most expensive and inefficient energy sources is morally repugnant. How can solar panels power a steel industry for example?
(1h 11) – Romanticization of peasant life. “Someone is keen to kill the African dream.”
The environmental movement is preventing development in undeveloped countries. It is “anti-human” to think of people trying to improve their situation as if they are some kind of scum.
Prof. Syun-Ichi Akasofu, Director International Arctic Research Centre
Prof. Timothy Ball, Dept. of Climatology, University of Winnipeg
Nigel Calder, Former Editor, New Scientist and Co-author, The Chilling Stars
Prof. John Christy, Dept. of Atmosphere Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Prof. Ian Clark, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa
Dr. Piers Corbyn, Climate Forecaster, Weather Action
Paul Driessen, Author: Green Power, Black Death
Prof. Eigil Friis-Christensen, Director, Danish National Space Centre
Lord Lawson of Blaby
Prof. Richard Lindzen, Dept. of Meteorology, M.I.T.
Prof. Patrick Michaels, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
Patrick Moore, Co-founder Greenpeace
Prof. Paul Reiter, Dept. of Medical Entemology, Pasteur Institute, Paris
Prof. Nir Shaviv, Institute of Physics, University of Jerusalem
James Shikwati, Economist & Author
Prof. Frederick Singer, Former Director, US National Weather Service
Dr. Roy Spencer, Weather Satellite Team Leader, NASA
Prof. Philip Stott, Dept. of Biogeography, Univ. of London
Prof. Carl Wunsch, Dept. Of Oceanography, M.I.T.