Sunday, March 11, 2007

"The Great Global Warming Swindle"

There has been a recent tendency on the part of some Evangelicals to join in the alarm about global warming and the advocacy of massive government programs and major changes in human behavior in response. A recent documentary raises serious doubt, not about the fact of warming, but about the extent to which it is caused by human activity. It also argues that adoption of many of the environmental proposals to combat it will have a very negative impact on the poorest people in the world.

Even those who are very capable in their own field of knowledge may look foolish when they attempt to speak authoritatively outside of that field. And the temptation to so speak is especially great when the conventional wisdom all seems to point in one direction. Global warming is an issue like that.

The UK Channel 4 documentary is available online here. The program is long and somewhat repetitive but devastating to those who argue that global warming is caused by human activity.

The responses so far have been largely ad hominem, accusing the participants of suspect motives, questioning their qualifications, or contending that what they said has been misrepresented. It would be more helpful if they attacked the evidence and the arguments. Watch it and see what you think.

Link to lgf: The Great Global Warming Swindle

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