Complaint to Ofcom Regarding The Great Global Warming Swindle

Appendix C: Backgrounds of the Contributors to the Programme

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Direct Corporate Funding

In a 1995 article in Harpers Magazine, Ross Gelbspan asserted that Lindzen charges oil and coal interests $2,500 a day for his consulting services; his 1991 trip to testify before a Senate committee was paid for by Western Fuels; and a speech he wrote, entitled Global Warming: the Origin and Nature of Alleged Scientific Consensus, was underwritten by OPEC (see, subscription required).


Links to Corporate-funded Lobby Groups

(For information about the following organisations and the funding they receive, see Appendix D: Corporate-funded Organisations Linked to Contributors to the Programme).


He is a Member of the Science and Economic Advisory Council of The Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy (see


He is a Contributing Expert to the Cato Institute , and has also written reports for them. See, for example, Lindzen, R., 1992, Global warming: The Origin and Nature of the Alleged Scientific Consensus, Regulation Magazine, Vol.15, No. 2, Spring 1992: published by the Cato Institute,


He is a Contributing Expert to the George C. Marshall Institute (see


He has been a contributor to TCS Daily, the web-based magazine of the Tech Central Science Foundation (see


He is a global warming expert with the Heartland Institute (see:


Professor Paul Reiter

Reiter is director of Insects and Infectious Diseases at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. He is a distinguished entomologist specialising in mosquitoes, but although he talked about climate change in the programme, he is not an expert on climate; nor is he an expert on the effects of large-scale environmental change on human health, which he also discussed. Reiters primary area of expertise is the mosquitoes that carry diseases other than malaria, such as those that carry the West Nile Fever virus: not malaria, nor malaria-carrying mosquitoes: yet the narrator of the film referred to him as one of the worlds leading experts on malaria and other insect-borne diseases (see Comment 110, page 91). In addition, his links with the IPCC were greatly overstated by the programme (see Comment 115, page 96).

Thus his credentials with respect to the specific subjects that he discussed in the film were greatly inflated by the film maker, and the public was seriously, and apparently intentionally misled about his expertise in these areas.

It should also have been pointed out that Reiters views on the relationship between climate and infectious disease are certainly not shared by all or even by most scientists working in this area. Here are some examples:

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