Complaint to Ofcom Regarding The Great Global Warming Swindle

2. Complete Transcript and Rebuttal

Page 26



[Comment 31: James Shikwatis credentials with respect to the subjects he discussed in the programme were exaggerated; and his known biases, and his links to fossil-fuel industry–funded lobby groups that campaign against greenhouse gas emissions reductions should also have been mentioned and were not. For full details, see Appendix C.3, page 130.]

(In breach of the 2003 Communications Act Section 265, Ofcom 5.7, 5.8)

[Patrick Moore]

The environmental movement has developed into the strongest force there is for preventing development in the developing countries.


The global warming story is a cautionary tale of how a media scare became a defining idea of a generation.

[Comment 32: The narrator is again expressing contentious opinions as if they were undisputed facts, without any supporting evidence being provided.]

(In breach of the 2003 Communications Act Section 265, Ofcom 5.4, 5.5, 5.7, 5.11, 5.12)

[Nigel Calder]

The whole global warming business has become like a religion; and people who disagree are called heretics. Im a heretic. The makers of this programme are all heretics.

[Comment 33: In fact most of the contributors to the Channel 4 programme regularly receive a great deal of media coverage – for details, see Appendix E: page 158. Calder himself recently had a major op-ed piece critical of global warming theory published in The Sunday Times (see: Similarly, contributors Nigel Lawson and Philip Stott have enjoyed prominent interviews and articles in some of the most widely read newspapers in Britain. Thus this statement by Calder, together with the narrators statement that preceded it, are highly, and apparently intentionally, misleading.

Furthermore, the term heretic is used here in a manipulative way to suggest they suffer outsider status. In truth they have enjoyed privileged access to some of the most influential news publications in the country (see also Appendix E: page 158).]

(In breach of the 2003 Communications Act Section 265, Ofcom 5.4, 5.5, 5.7, 5.11, 5.12)


In 2005 a House of Lords enquiry was set up to examine the scientific evidence for man-made global warming. A leading figure in that enquiry was Lord Lawson of Blaby, who, as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the 1980s was the first politician to commit government money to global warming research.

[Bookmarks on this page: Click any of the following links to go to that bookmark. You can then copy and paste the bookmarks url from your address bar, and send it to someone as a link straight to that bookmark:
Comment 31: Shikwatis credentials and links to lobby groups / Comment 32: Narrators opinion about media scare expressed as fact / Comment 33: Inaccurate claim regarding medias coverage of contributors to film]


Page 26 of 176

Final Revision

Last updated: 11 Jun 2007