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Friday, March 23, 2007

Media scare on warming, the truth steps fwd

Global Warming, “the biggest scam of modern times”

“The Great Global Warming Scandal”, that’s the name of a recent television documentary aired in Britain. The documentary is directed by filmmaker Martin Durkin.

The film by Mr. Durkin takes on another point of view as opposed to the premise outlined in former Vice President Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," which presents a dreadful picture of how modern society has created a buildup in greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and how they are affecting the global climate to such an extent that there will be disastrous consequences for us all.

In a recent article in the “Washington Times” Mr. Durkin said, concerning Al Gores film "It's very rare that a film changes history, but I think this is a turning point, and in five years the idea that the greenhouse effect is the main reason behind global warming will be seen as total bunk". He believes that Al Gores film will change history but not in the way Al Gore will necessarily like. Durkin supports the thesis that global warming is the biggest man-made scam ever created in modern times and Al Gore will be remembered as the leader of a shakedown.

The television documentary condemns man-made global warming as a myth that has become "the biggest scam of modern times."

Mr. Durkin in the Washington Times article, rejects the concept of man-made climate change, calling it "a lie ... the biggest scam of modern times." The truth, he says, is that global warming "is a multibillion-dollar worldwide industry, created by fanatically anti-industrial environmentalists, supported by scientists peddling scare stories to chase funding, and propped up by compliant politicians and the media."

I can’t help but think that the current movement to save the earth by shutting down on the American manufacturing base and all the coal fired power plants in the country that will save us all from ruin is reminiscent of the McCarthyism movement. Only this time the basic “fear premise” comes from people who have prostituted science instead of a social theory like communism. Still it has creped into the American political system with the help of some modern day McCarthy’s like Al Gore and presents just as grave a danger to the nation’s future. I refer to all this as a movement because the fanatical preaching of the greenhouse effect going to destroy the earth, is like a puritanical religion. These people are (and are dragging a lot of misguided kids along with them) worshiping the earth as opposed to GOD.

The documentary by Mr. Durkin features an impressive group of experts, in climatology, oceanography, meteorology, biogeography and paleoclimatology and come from prestigious institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Pasteur Institute in Paris, the Danish National Space Center and universities and other schools in London, Ottawa, Jerusalem, Alabama, Virginia and Winnipeg, Canada. So what do they say might be the reason the earths temperature is changing?

The Washington Times article states a couple different points of view; One of the filmmaker's scientists, paleontologist professor Ian Clark of the University of Ottawa, says that global warming could be caused by increased activity on the sun, such as massive eruptions, and that ice-core samples from Antarctica show that, in fact, warmer periods in Earth's history have come about 800 years before rises in carbon dioxide levels. Mr. Clark's findings appear to contradict the work of other scientists, who have used similar ice-core samples to illustrate that raised levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have accompanied the various global warming periods."The fact is that [carbon dioxide] has no proven link to global temperatures," says Mr. Durkin. "Solar activity is far more likely to be the culprit."Scientists in the Channel 4 documentary cite what they claim is another discrepancy involving conventional research, saying that most of the recent global warming occurred before 1940, after which temperatures around the world fell for four decades.Mr. Durkin's skeptical specialists view this as a flaw in the official view, because the worldwide economic boom that followed the end of World War II produced more carbon dioxide, and therefore should have meant a rise in global temperatures -- something he says did not happen."The Great Global Warming Swindle" also questions an assertion by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report, published last month, that it was backed by some 2,500 of the world's leading scientists.Another of Mr. Durkin's professors, Paul Reiter of Paris' Pasteur Institute, an expert in malaria, calls the U.N. report a "sham" because, he says, it included the names of scientists -- including his own -- who disagreed with the report and who resigned from the panel."That is how they make it seem that all the top scientists are agreed," he says. "It's not true."Mr. Reiter says his name was removed only after he threatened legal action against the panel. The report itself, he adds, was finalized by government appointees.Yet another expert in the Durkin documentary, Philip Stott, professor emeritus of biogeography at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, is more circumspect."The [climate] system is too complex to say exactly what the effect of cutting back on [carbon dioxide] production would be or, indeed, of continuing to produce [carbon dioxide].""The greenhouse effect theory worried me from the start," Mr. Stott says, "because you can't say that just one factor can have this effect."

"Al Gore might have won an Oscar," says Durkin, "but the film is very misleading, and he (Gore) has got the relationship between carbon dioxide and climate change the wrong way around."

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