This note is an addendum to my comments posted last March immediately after the initial broadcast of the “Great Global Warming Swindle.” As of this writing (July 2007), there have been a number of developments.
First, Ofcom, which is the UK’s television oversight authority, has received a very large number of formal complaints about the program, primarily concerning distortions both in the evidence presented, but also for exaggerations of the credentials of the people appearing as “experts” in the film. I too, have filed a complaint, not directly dealing with the specific scientific statements (many other complainants do a good job of that), but only at the way in which the interview was used to distort my views. Ofcom has agreed to examine the substance of my filing.
The film director, Martin Durkin, has been claiming that I
only protested my role under duress from scientific colleagues. Such an
assertion is absurd---it was
colleagues in the
I now almost feel sorry for Durkin. He is not a scientist, certainly not an expert on climate change, and has admitted publicly to a number of falsehoods (not his word) in the film, and is in over his head. The film is masquerading as a science documentary, when it should be regarded as a political polemic. Calling it science inappropriately dignifies it. A good analogy is the kind of pseudo science that the Bush administration likes to promulgate and one can imagine the Bush White House being pleased with the film.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) carried an
interesting interview with Durkin that can be found on YouTube
at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIjGynF4qkE&mode=related&search (there’s a second part whose link is there).
ABC gave me an opportunity to respond directly to Durkin. The video (and a
transcript) can be found on http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2007/s1977366.htm
. A panel discussion in
WagTV (Durkin’s film company)
has threatened me in the
I do not appear in the ‘international’ version of “The
Great Global Warming Swindle” because it has been shortened to one hour from
the version originally broadcast in the
Carl Wunsch 17 July 2007