Complaint to Ofcom Regarding The Great Global Warming Swindle

2. Complete Transcript and Rebuttal

Page 57



Thus Friis-Christensen has stated quite clearly and publicly that not only was his published data falsified by the film-maker, but that his views were knowingly and fundamentally misrepresented by the film.]

(In breach of the 2003 Communications Act Section 265, Ofcom 5.7, 7.2, 7.3, 7.6, 7.9)

[Comment 61: Dr Friis-Christensen is a respected astronomer, but ongoing disputes regarding his solar-climate work were not mentioned and should have been. For full details, see Appendix C.14, page 139.]

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


So Professor Friis-Christensen and his colleagues examined 400 years of astronomical records to compare sunspot activity against temperature variation. Once again, they found that variations in solar activity were intimately linked to temperature variation on earth. It was the sun, it seemed, not carbon dioxide or anything else, that was driving changes in the climate. In a way its not surprising. The sun affects us directly, of course, when it sends down its heat. But we now know the sun also affects us indirectly through clouds.

[Comment 62: As conclusively demonstrated in Comments 59 and 60 above, this statement by the narrator is not supported by Friis-Christensen graphs, by the interview statements by Friis-Christensen in the program, nor by any related scientific literature – and it has specifically been contradicted by Friis-Christensen himself. Yet this statement is presented as a fact rather than as the narrators personal opinion.]

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


Clouds have a powerful cooling effect. But how are they formed? In the early 20th century scientists discovered that the earth was constantly being bombarded by sub-atomic particles. These particles, which they called cosmic rays, originated, it was believed, from exploding supernovae, far beyond our solar system. When the particles coming down meet water-vapour rising up from the sea they form water droplets and make clouds. But when the sun is more active and solar wind is strong, fewer particles get through, and fewer clouds are formed.

[Comment 63: This statement by the narrator refers to a proposal put forward by Henrik Svensmark and Nigel Calder in a book titled The Chilling Stars. However, the book has never been peer-reviewed, and is based only on a non-peer reviewed press release that was issued by Svensmark et al., which they issued following the publication of their peer reviewed paper, Experimental evidence for the role of ions in particle nucleation under atmospheric conditions, in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences (at – login may be required).

Continued …

[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 61: Friis-Christensens credentials / Comment 62: Narrators opinion regarding sunspot activity expressed as fact / Comment 63: Misrepresentation of speculation about cosmic rays as scientific fact]


Page 57 of 176

Final Revision

Last updated: 11 Jun 2007