Complaint to Ofcom Regarding The Great Global Warming Swindle

2. Complete Transcript and Rebuttal

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[Nigel Calder]

If you had x-ray eyes, what appears as a nice, friendly, yellow ball would appear like a raging tiger. The sun is an incredibly violent beast, and its throwing out great explosions, and puffs of gas, and endless solar wind, thats forever rushing past the earth – were in a certain sense inside the atmosphere of the sun. The intensity of its magnetic field more than doubled during the 20th century.


In 2005, astrophysicists from Harvard University published the following graph in the official Journal of the American Geophysical Union.

[Cut to graph]


The blue line represents temperature change in the Arctic over the past 100 years; and here [in the on-screen animation, a separate curve is now superimposed on the first one in the graph] is the rise in carbon dioxide over the same period. The two are not obviously connected.

But now look again at the temperature record, and at this red line [an animation of a red line appears], which depicts variations in solar activity over the past century, as recorded independently by scientists from NASA, and Americas Oceanic and Atmospheric administration.

[Prof Ian Clark]

Solar activity over the last 100 years, over the last several hundred years, correlates very nicely on a decadal basis, with sea ice and Arctic temperatures.


To the Harvard astrophysicists and many other scientists, the conclusion is inescapable.

[Piers Corbyn]

The sun is driving climate change. CO2 is irrelevant.

[Comment 65: These three graphs (, 2glupk, were originally published in Geophysical Research Letters 32, L16712 (2005) ( by one person, Dr Willie Soon (see page 138), and not by a group of Harvard astrophysicists as stated in the narration.

It was not made clear by the Channel 4 programme that the measure of solar activity used here is the total solar irradiance (TSI), which is different from the solar cycle length used by Friis-Christensen et al. in their graphs presented earlier.

It is also not clear why the correlation of TSI to temperature is shown in only a small region (the Arctic), but not for the global temperature – after all, solar activity should be affecting temperatures all over the world, not just the Arctic, if it is to be considered to be of any relevance to global warming.

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