Global-Warming: Myths Exposed: In the Documentary Film the Great Global Warming 5windle, Now on DVD, Filmmaker Martin Durkin Pokes Holes in the Idea That Human Activity Causes Global Warming

By Behreandt, Dennis | The New American, January 7, 2008 | Go to article overview

Global-Warming: Myths Exposed: In the Documentary Film the Great Global Warming 5windle, Now on DVD, Filmmaker Martin Durkin Pokes Holes in the Idea That Human Activity Causes Global Warming


Behreandt, Dennis, The New American


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Don't look now, but it's the end of the world. That's the message out of the UN climate meeting in Bali held the week of December 9. Bali makes the perfect backdrop for global-warming propaganda--being but six degrees below the equator, it is always warm. In contrast, it wouldn't have done any good for the climate fear mongers to have held their meeting in the Northern Hemisphere, gripped as it is in the middle of winter, especially were it emanating, say, from ice-storm ravaged Des Moines, Iowa.

In sunny Bali, however, the gloves were off with UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon warning that we are now standing at the point of no return. "The situation is so desperately serious that any delay could push us past the tipping point, beyond which the ecological, financial and human costs would increase dramatically. We are at a crossroads: one path leads to a comprehensive climate change agreement, the other one to oblivion," the UN leader said on December 11. But don't take his word for it, he averred. No doubt thinking about the various reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), he claimed: "The world's scientists have spoken with one voice: the situation is grim and urgent action is needed."

Those who have seen the British documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle know for a fact that that last claim is completely untrue. There are, in fact, a large number of very serious and knowledgeable scientists who thoroughly disagree with the UN's notion that climate change is a global catastrophe in the making. Until recently, however, audiences in North America have not had access to the British documentary. It was shown, with great fanfare, on television in the UK and Australia, but with the exception of brief appearances of the film on the Internet, American audiences, whose daily lives are otherwise saturated with global-warming scare stories from the Weather Channel, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and others, have not been given the other side of the story.

Fortunately, writer and director Martin Durkin's masterpiece is now available on DVD for American audiences. It is a devastating response to the Al Gore-fueled thesis that mankind is destroying the world through carbon emissions. Though it was Gore who was infamously awarded a Nobel Prize for his movie An Inconvenient Truth, it is Durkin's The Great Global Warming Swindle that is far and away the best documentary film on the subject of global warming, and one which may prove to be the most important documentary film of the last several decades.

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The central idea behind the UN's climate alarmism is the idea that man-made carbon dioxide emissions are causing the Earth to trap and retain too much heat. If that's true, they say, then we must immediately begin to curtail carbon emissions. Environmentalist "journalists" in the UK have gone so far as to begin calling for a war effort against industrial emissions of carbon dioxide. On December 4, in the British newspaper The Guardian, George Monbiot said, for instance: "We must confront a challenge that is as great and as pressing as the rise of the Axis powers. Had we thrown up our hands then, as many people are tempted to do today, you would be reading this paper in German." The new climate-change war effort, he continued, will require putting government in charge of the economy and drastically curtailing modern lifestyles. "The US economy," he said, "was spun round on a dime in 1942 as civilian manufacturing was switched to military production. The state took on greater powers than it had exercised before. Impossible policies suddenly became achievable."

Taking full control of the economy is exactly what the UN would like to do in order to curb carbon emissions. …

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