March 24, 2007

Is global warming nothing more than a disguise for anti–capitalism?

The Great Global Warming Swindle, premiered on Channel 4 in the UK on March 8, 2007: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XttV2C6B8pU&mode=related&search=

I remember the first time I learnt about global warming, I was about 10, my elder cousin Roy took upon himself to educate my childish mind on alien things such as Global Warming, greenhouse gases, ozone layer, harmful rays from the sun, etc… I was fascinated. And I discovered that I was an environmentalist at heart. Since that moment, I took for granted that excess CO2 emissions from daily human activities was the cause of climate change. No question asked. CO2 = bad, factories = bad, cars = bad, civilization = bad. Things pertaining purely to nature, whether it be music, or organic food specially appealed to me, bands with ‘Escapism’ themes were very much to my liking (Deep Forest, B-tribe, etc), I guess that was the start of the side of my personality I like to think of as ‘rebellious’. I hate video/computer games, I have no enjoyment whatsoever for ‘mainstream’ makes and labels, my idea of a dream car is close to a Smart car, I have no dreams whatsoever of becoming filthy rich and living in a luxurious apartment in the city. I’d much rather live a simple life like a Reggae man on the beach, appreciating the sound of the waves and the crunching of the sand under my feet, and chilling under the cool shade of a large-spanning tree, and all the works. Just to say that Nature was like family to me, and Corporate = bad.

And SO, I decided to do my research paper on Green Taxes. Finding a more effective measure to curb people’s demand towards greener cars. Greener meaning emitting less carbon dioxide. it was all very relevant, my tutor was very happy with it, and I was too. Al Gore’s Inconvenient truth had been out, Stern’s report, the environmental secretary’s new measures, etc etc… Since on March 8, The Great Global Warming Swindle was released. Which I only saw today btw, please forgive my not keeping in touch with current news (caused by addiction to mind-numbing music channels). According to that very seemingly authoritative documentary, the rise in manmade CO2 emissions has NOTHING TO DO with global warming. The earth’s planet constantly changes naturally, and this is due to the Sun and clouds, and has nothing to do at all with man’s daily activities, which apparently constitute an infinitesimal part of total CO2 in the atmosphere (See link on youtube). Apparently, global warming was a political guise started by Margaret Thatcher, who wanted to curb demand away from energy sources such as coal and oil (because she did not trust the middle east, and coal miners were on a massive strike at that time) to nuclear power. and this built up on and on, and quickly became a new ‘religion’ almost, feeding on marxist and anti-growth, anti-development concepts, and particularly anti-capitalism and anti-americanism. To be a rebel in the 2000s had become synonymous to being global-warming conscious. (perfect example = me)

So what IS the truth then? Whatever the scientists put forward in this documentary seems to my almost-graduate mind completely plausible. So, have we grown up being fed on unfounded rubbish all this time? It makes me almost angry at myself for not gone to the trouble of checking the reasoning behind global warming. How irresponsible can the scientific community be, for having let the media spread an illogical LIE for all this time? What’s next? Is the earth really round? Is there really no life on mars? there needs to be a much more efficient link between the media and the scientific community. Not only are both parties to blame, but that just shows how, even in this age of optimal communication due to better technology, how ideas can be distorted, how people are easily duped, and how THE SYSTEM IS VILE.

my research paper, now, instead of being a small personal contribution to save the world, will be a mere economic analysis of a fiscal exercise :(


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  1. You should probably also have a look at some of the responses to that documentary, for example:

    http://medialens.org/alerts/07/0313pure_propaganda_the.php
    http://www.ukwatch.net/article/the_great_global_warming_swindle_a_response

    24 Mar 2007, 15:55

  2. I was shocked by the bit of the docmentary I watched, but then I heard the director is a bit of an arse and edited the interviews with the scientists quite a bit and also ignored the fact that most of the data is now outdated. But who knows?

    Also, actually the Earth isn’t round I’m afraid :(

    (It’s an oblate spheroid, and I’m a pedant)

    24 Mar 2007, 17:42

  3. Max Hammond

    I think that the effect of green taxes is a lot more interesting – do that.

    Take any consensus view and there will always be people who disagree with it. Programmes like this take the minority view and present it as if there’s a significant debate going on. In this case, it’s a tiny minority of scientists who actually follow this view – hence the programme maker’s duplicity in interviewing and editing the interviews with those who have a more mainstream view.

    The debate is over. Global warming is here, it’s anthropogenic and it’s getting worse.

    24 Mar 2007, 19:38

  4. Ashwina

    The only thing that consoles me for my research paper is that, in the long run, diminishing manmade CO2 emissions will be equal to using non-renewable resources more efficiently. that at least, is a just and justifiable cause. the only thing that really is repugnant abt global warming is that they are restricting the third world’s growth by making them use inefficient and expensive sources of energy like wind and solar instead of cheap sources like oil and coal. while the west enjoys the comforts of cheap electricity (which probably causes more global warming, if global warming there is), they are killing the African dream of development by urging them to use solar and wind power. Selfish, unfair, utterly repugnant

    25 Mar 2007, 10:11

  5. Max Hammond

    The whole point of Kyoto was that it allowed developing nations to increase their CO2 emissions, leaving the “developed” world to reduce ours. Of course, that wasn’t acceptable to the US. Nobody is forcing the developing world to do anything, but we should certainly do our best to help them avoid the same pitfalls within which we are now trapped.

    25 Mar 2007, 11:41


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