Complaint to Ofcom Regarding The Great Global Warming Swindle

2. Complete Transcript and Rebuttal

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Using the significantly warmer Holocene Maximum period to suggest that we should not be concerned with warming also neglects the fact that the ecosystems and economies of today are not the same as those of 7–8000 years ago: the global population is much larger and societies live in built-up environments. For an assessment of how future warming is likely to impact economies and ecosystems during the 21st century, see the IPCC Third Assessment Report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability at]

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

[Prof Ian Clark]

If we go back 8,000 years to the Holocene period, our current inter-glacial, it was much warmer than it is today. Now the polar bears obviously survived that period – theyre with us today. Theyre very adaptable; and these warm periods in the past – what we call hypsithermals – posed no problem for them.


Twentieth Century Cooling


Climate variation in the past is clearly natural. So why do we think its any different today? In the current alarm about global warming, the culprit is industrial society. Thanks to modern industry, luxuries once enjoyed exclusively by the rich are available in abundance to ordinary people. Novel technologies have made life easier and richer. Transport and communications have made the world seem less foreign and distant. Industrial progress has changed our lives. But has it also changed the climate? According to the theory of man-made global warming, industrial growth should cause the temperature to rise. But does it?

[Comment 40: The narrator is misrepresenting global warming theory by claiming that the theory attributes global warming specifically to industrial growth. In fact global warming theory links temperature increase to the man-made emissions of CO2, N2O, CH4, and other gases (see the IPCC 2001 report at:; and the levels of these emissions are not linked directly to industrial growth levels.

It is true that in the past there has been a fairly strong (but indirect) link between industrial growth and CO2 emissions and hence global warming. But because the link is indirect, it can be broken, given sufficient effort to do so, and it has already been broken in many countries.

For example, the following countries, whose economies grew every year between 1990 and 2004, all had lower greenhouse gas emission levels in 2004 than in 1990: the United Kingdom. Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany and Iceland (see, PDF [UNFCCC]).

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