Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 12:57 AM - GeneralI have been quite interested in the global warming polemic since reading Michael Crichton's controversial novel, State of Fear, back in 2005. I have since read and watched several documents regarding the global warming issue. Some of them, like Al Gore's widely broadcasted An Inconvenient Truth, try to demonstrate the relation between modern human development and climate change. Other opposing documents, like Martin Durkin's less known The Great Global Warming Swindle, are clear opposing responses to those claims. An individual with no particular interest in the subject will know -and not just believe- that global warming is caused by humans, as the media does not give significant coverage to the scientists that are not so sure about the CO2/temperature relationship. Climate change is clearly a story of misinformation, deniers are accused of being funded by oil lobbies, while ecologists are themselves funded proportionally to the fear they induce. The road of ecology is paved with good intentions, but it is all too easy to overlook the fact that it also fuels a very powerful economical and political lobby.
I can only encourage people to watch Martin Durkin's documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle. It is not without flaws, and clearly not without bias (both of which also apply to Gore's presentation), but it might just spark that little doubt that can make one reconsider what is unfairly taken as granted: even the ecologists' use of the term "precautionary principle" is a hint to the fact that all this is still hypothetical. And regarding the global warming issue and its possible consequences, either by or on humans, believing is simply not enough.
Some, biased, reading for those interested:
- Global Warming: A closer look at the numbers, CO2 impact in the greenhouse effect
- GGWS Questions Answered comprehensive counter-arguments of Durkin's documentary
- ggws.srt properly timed French subtitles for The Great Global Warming Swindle