I recommend checking out a BBC 4 program that aired recently called The Great Global Warming Swindle. I don’t think you can get a copy from the BBC yet, but it’s all over the various Internet sources for video such as Google Video, You Tube, and Pirate Bay. The thesis of this documentary is that global warming is an anti-human political movement. It shows how while the climate is getting warmer, this is a natural cycle Earth has undergone for millions of years. And all scientific evidence points to activity of the Sun causing carbon dioxide levels to rise.
There’s a great refutation of Al Gore’s proposition that rising CO2 levels cause warming–it shows that while the two are correlated, it’s warming that drives CO2 out of the oceans. This is a demonstration of the common error of equating correlation to causation. In this case, the data make it very obvious because CO2 levels actually lag rising temperatures.
I suppose I’m revealing myself as a heretic against the church of the warming globe (as Robert Trancinski puts it), but I do hope this documentary gets broadcast in the U.S. soon. I can’t figure out if it’s more or less dangerous than admitting I’m an atheist.
It does seem like our politicians have leveraged this “cause” into a tool to rival the medieval church. After all, this new church does its best to silence heretics. It carries out inquisitions against “sinners”. It even offers a free exchange of money for forgiveness in the form of carbon offsets.
The title of the program invokes the Sex Pistols movie The Great Rock-n-Roll Swindle and something that Johnny Rotten said at their final concert, “Ever feel like you’ve been cheated?” I hope that anyone who’s bought into the notion that we’re all guilty of cooking the planet asks themselves the same question.