Let me say upfront that I feel we need to take dramatically better care of our planet. We, in the west, use non-renewable resources like binge-blasted sailors consume mind-altering substances. I further believe that the planet’s inhabitants do suffer the consequences of pollution and the devastation of what should be renewable resources – forests being a prime example.
That being said and in spite of the Hollywood love affair with the indefatigable "I used to be the next President of the United States of America" Al Gore and his movie, An Inconvenient Truth, I’m a Global Warming skeptic – a heretic in the Main Stream Media’s Gaia Worshipping Religion of Global Warming (MSMGWRGM). (Much of this because of a sister-in-law who sends me every document she can find refuting Global Warming, in an attempt to keep me from the clutches of the MSMGWRGM.)
I just spent the last 75 minutes watching a Channel 4 (UK) Documentary called, The Great Global Warming Swindle available as a Google Video. And I’d highly recommend you watch it to – especially if you’ve also watched ex-next-president Gore’s Oscar-winning doc.
Now, I should note that "A Leading US climate scientist" is claiming "he was duped into appearing in a Channel 4 documentary that claimed man-made global warming is a myth. Carl Wunsch, professor of physical oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the film, The Great Global Warming Swindle, was ‘grossly distorted’ and ‘as close to pure propaganda as anything since World War Two’." He further claims "his comments in the film were taken out of context and that he would not have agreed to take part if he had known it would argue that man-made global warming was not a serious threat."
Producer Martin Durkin states, "Carl Wunsch was most certainly not "duped" into appearing in the film, as is perfectly clear from our correspondence with him. Nor are his comments taken out of context. His interview, as used in the programme, perfectly accurately represents what he said."
Let me say that I watched the documentary as a television industry professional after reading the article in The Guardian. I began editing 30 years ago this fall, and know well how to manipulate interviews to say what I want the story to say. I watched The Great Global Warming Swindle with an eye and ear attuned to the way the show was cut – and would suggest that Professor Wunsch would be better off recanting – and returning to the fold of the MSMGWRGM, than saying his comments were taken out of context. Perhaps there will be a place for the professor in the soprano section of the MSMGWRGM choir.
UPDATE: The iMonk pointed at this Dean Abbott post – an important contribution to the discussion: Religion and Global Warming
UPDATE 2: Just to put my position in perspective – I think James Dobson et al are idiots for wanting to remove "Richard Cizik from the National Association of Evangelicals because of his "relentless campaign" against global warming." I’m not impressed with Dobson at the best of times.
UPDATE 3: It would seem that Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth is getting some push back from a number of interesting places. The New York Times has this story, From a Rapt Audience, A Call to Cool the Hype.
The Boston Herald comments on the Times story,
The New York Timesfires a shot today at Al Gore and his Academy Award-winning global warming film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” saying it involves “hype” and shoddy science.
What’s very interesting for me is that this story, with others like it, was up on the Google News website around 10am EST this morning – and now you need to search Google News for Al Gore to find it – where the first story is about An Inconvenient Truth appearing on TV. Check out this Sydney Morning Herald story, which I found on Google News.
Let me repeat (so I can avoid the death threats that Dr. Timothy Ball has been getting), I do believe that our present profligate pursuit of pleasure with little regard to it’s environmental impact is having and will continue to have major negative impact on our world and future generations. I’m just not prepared to sign on to Al Gore’s Chicken Little call – that desperately wants to seed control of our lives to those people "who know best."
UPDATE 4: Tim Challies compares Carbon Offsets (how Al Gore assuages his guilt over his profligate power usage of 20 times the U.S. national average) with Johann Tetzel’s sale of indulgences in the 16th Century. Tim’s line echoing Tetzel is particularly funny "When a coin in the coffer rings, an oxygen molecule to the atmosphere springs"…or not.