Monday, March 26, 2007

Issue 410 - The Great Global Warming Swindle - Or Is It?

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I hope Monday finds you well.

I saw a tv programme last week, which tied in to another programme I had seen, and both tie in nicely with a vital theory I use for self improvement and goal achievement.

The programme last week was 'Dragon's Den.'

I've mentioned it before, it's where businesses make a pitch for investment to 5 mutli-millionaires
Last week there was a first, as all 5 investors decided to invest.
The invention was a product which cut down the amount of power used when electrical equipment is left on 'standby.'
The inventors have a patent pending, and the millionaires were hooked by the thought of embedding the device in new televisions.

When the inventor stated how the reduction would help reduce global warming due to CO2 emissions, all the millionaires nodded in agreement.
After all, we all know that's true, right?

Cue the tie in with the other programme, called 'The Great Global Warming Swindle.'
This was a documentary which left me gawping at the screen.

The basic premise was that global warming due to man-made CO2 has been blown out of all proportions, and since it's now an industry worth billions and billions, the myth will be perpetuated.

The film had scientists, who said that the theory that CO2 was a temperature driver was simply not true, in fact the global temperature drives the amount CO2.
The percentage of CO2 made by man is tiny compared to that made by animals, decaying leaves and the biggest producer on the planet, the oceans.

Differing levels of solar activity mean different levels of solar wind reaching the atmosphere.
Differing levels of solar wind mean differeing levels of cloud over the oceans.
Differing levels of clouds means different ocean temperatures, and differing levels of ocean temperatures
mean different global temperatures and CO2 produced by the oceans.

The film argued that this has been going on for hundreds of years.
If the evidence is not there to support the man-made CO2 fears, in fact if the evidence shows otherwise, then why is the myth kept going?


I don't know about you, but this theory struck me as something worth investigating, so I hopped online to do some research.

Here's where it gets interesting.
I had not heard of the film maker, Martin Durkin, but I soon found that he has a 'colourful' reputation.
He has had programmes turned down because he is said to have ignored huge amounts of counter arguments.
One of his films was criticised by the Independent Television Commission, stating that he had misled the interviewees about the purpose of the programme, and had creatively and selectively edited their interviews.

That was a huge disappointment to me, as it casts a shadow immediately over his global warming programme.

However, and this is the point I want to make, does the fact that he has a doubtful reputation mean that his claims are necessarily false?

No, it doesn't.

What it does mean, is that there is a need for independent thought.
Just because someone tells you something is so, there is nothing wrong in questioning it, asking why they say it, and doing your own research.
Yes, use other views to make your own opinion, but make sure that's what you end up with, your own opinion, and when someone asks you why you think it, be able to tell them, and not just say 'because someone else said so.'

The programme has been big news since it was shown, and I'll be interested to see what happens.

Ok, that's it for today, what's your independent thought on CO2, or what's your independent thought on whether you can achieve your goals - if someone tells you that you can't, does that necessarily make them right?

'Til next time,
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