Complaint to Ofcom Regarding The Great Global Warming Swindle

2. Complete Transcript and Rebuttal

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The common belief that carbon dioxide is driving climate change is at odds with much of the available scientific data: data from weather balloons and satellites; from ice core surveys and from the historical temperature records. But if carbon dioxide isnt driving climate, what is?

[Comment 56: The narrator is stating highly contentious opinions as if they were facts. As discussed above, his opinions are not supported by the scientific literature, and the Channel 4 programme purported to be a scientific documentary.]

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

[Dr Philip Stott]

Isnt it bizarre to think that its humans, you know when were filling up our car, turning on our lights, were the ones controlling climate? Just look up in the sky. Look at that massive thing, the sun. Even humans at our present six and a half billion are minute relative to that.


In the late 1980s, solar physicist Piers Corbyn decided to try a radically new way of forecasting the weather. Despite the huge resources of the official Met Office, Corbyns new technique consistently produced more accurate results. He was hailed in the national press as Super-weather-man. The secret of his success was the sun.

[Comment 57: Absolutely no scientific evidence exists or was provided for the narrators statement that Corbyns method consistently produced more accurate results than the Met Office; and according to ISI WoS (see Appendix C.1.5, page 130) Corbyn has not published any peer-reviewed scientific papers.]

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

[Piers Corbyn]

The origin of our solar weather technique of long range forecasting came originally from study of sunspots and the desire to predict those; and then I realised it was actually much more interesting to use the sun to predict the weather.


Sunspots, we now know, are intense magnetic fields which appear at times of higher solar activity. But for many hundreds of years, long before this was properly understood, astronomers around the world used to count the number of sunspots in the belief that more spots heralded warmer weather. In 1893, the British astronomer Edward Maunder observed that during the Little Ice Age there were barely any spots visible on the sun: a period of inactivity which became known as the Maunder Minimum. But how reliable are sunspots as an indicator of the weather?

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Comment 56: Narrators opinion regarding the scientific evidence expressed as fact / Comment 57: Completely unsupported claims regarding Corbyn]


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