Mike Tidwell comments -Complicated subjects leave abundant room for argument. Often we are more interested in continuing our pleasure than in seeking the hard facts of nature. Just take a look at all the diet books at the local bookstore, if you want confirmation. Even though the Atkins diet went against all that we know about good health, it nonetheless made him a wealthy man. The same thing is true for climate, even absurd and dangerous arguments can be made to sound correct. I think the odds of such efforts succeeding are low simply because the ice isn’t going to let us drift away from the reality of our situation. It is going to be melting and sea levels rising for years to come. In fact, the opposite is far more likely, namely, that panic will set in. Don’t be fooled. Take action, write your legislators, do what you can to reduce your emissions.
UK News ‘Global Warming Is Lies’ Claims Documentary
Sunday, 4th March 2007, 11:04
The programme shows how the global warming research drive began when Margaret Thatcher gave money to scientists to ‘prove’ burning coal and oil was harmful, as part of her drive for nuclear power.
Philip Stott, professor emeritus of biogeography at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London who also features in the film, warned the issue was too complex to be down to one single factor, whether CO2 or clouds.
He said: “The greenhouse effect theory worried me from the start because you can’t say that just one factor can have this effect.
“The system is too complex to say exactly what the effect of cutting back on CO2 production would be, or indeed of continuing to produce CO2.
“It’s ridiculous to see politicians arguing over whether they will allow the global temperature to rise by 2C or 3C.”
Mr Stott said the film could mark the point where scientists advocating the greenhouse effect theory, began to lose the argument.
He continued: “It is a brave programme at the moment to give excluded voices their say, and maybe it is just the beginning.
“At the moment, there is almost a McCarthyism movement in science where the greenhouse effect is like a puritanical religion and this is dangerous.”
In the programme Mr Calder said: “The greenhouse effect is seen as a religion and if you don’t agree, you are a heretic.”
He added: “However, I think this programme will help further debate and scientists not directly involved in global warming studies may begin to study what is being said, become more open-minded and more questioning, but this will happen slowly.”