Skip to comments.The Best Global Warming Videos on the Internet - Part I: Documentaries (Vanity)
Posted on 02/06/2008 3:20:51 PM PST by Entrepreneur
The Best Global Warming Videos on the Internet
Some people have asked me for copies of, or links to videos that provide an alternative view to Gores consensus on anthropogenic (i.e., man caused) global warming (AGW). A few of these videos have been broadcast in the United States (e.g., Glenn Beck, John Stossel), but most have not and probably will not be seen. Fortunately, we have the Internet to make these available.
Part I: Documentaries
Great Global Warming Swindle (1:13:32)
If theres only one video to watch, this is it. The Great Global Warming Swindle was a documentary aired on British Channel 4. Its unlikely it will ever be shown in the U.S. The video is a terrific response to Al Gores slide show movie and has stirred up green activists like little else.
In the film, Patrick Moore, who was a Greenpeace co-founder, summed up the state of environmental activism today. He said, Because world communism failed, the wall came down, and a lot of peaceniks and political activists moved into the environmental movement bringing their neo-marxism with them and learned to use green language in a very clever way to cloak agendas that actually have more to do with anti-capitalism and anti-globalization than they do anything with ecology or science.
This video has aroused the ire of the greenies. As a result, it seems to disappear every few days. Fortunately, someone always reloads it, so if you cant find it at one of the links below, try a Google or alltheweb.com video search for Great Global Warming Swindle.
When you find it, download a copy to keep by pasting the link into KeepVid. This saves the video as a flash video (flv). There are several software products that can convert this to avi, mpeg, or wmv formats. One of the best is Super © and, even better, its freeware. You can see the main page here, but its difficult to navigate through the site, so you might just want to download direct.
Watch the Great Global Warming Swindle:
Global Warming Doomsday Called Off (43:59)
This Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary will probably never be aired in the U.S. It systematically takes apart the infamous hockey stick chart by Michael Mann, which represented bad science when first published and, after being thoroughly refuted, represents science fraud when republished (it appears to have disappeared from the latest IPCC report, though the chart showing the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age from the first IPCC assessment has not returned).
An Inconvenient Truth
Or Convenient Fiction
This documentary was produced by the Pacific Research Institute and features Steven Hayward, who writes the annual Index of Leading Environmental Indicators, which consistently finds things are getting better, not worse. Hayward is an optimist about the environment and says that the environment is much too important to be left in the hands of environmentalists. This is the only video where Ive seen anyone address the absurd economic assumptions in the IPCC assessment reports (e.g., North Korea catches up to the U.S. in per capita in the year 2100 not the U.S. per capita income in 2010, but the U.S. per capita income in 2100).
Part 1 (21:42)
Part 2 (25:48)
What if temperature is driven by solar activity it gets cold during the next solar cycle or two as some are projecting? The History Channel ran a documentary of the sudden climate change and subsequent impact of the cold from the Little Ice Age. This is truly frightening climate change, based on factual history, not theoretical models of complex systems. Yet, the History Channel tends to bow to the mainstream, politically correct views, so 30 minutes into the video it shifts to blaming man for causing future global cooling from global warming. The nod to politically correct anthropogenic climate change keeps the producers from getting the Durkin treatment.
Greenhouse Conspiracy (51:49)
This is another British Channel 4 documentary. This one aired in 1990. It shows the errors in land weather stations from the urban heat island effect and takes apart the climate models (Steve McIntyre also does this in very convincing fashion on his website). It also points out the benefits of increased levels of CO2, showing a research study where trees in a greenhouse with 1,000 ppm of CO2 flourish, compared to trees in a greenhouse with atmospheric levels of CO2.
The video notes that a 1974 television documentary and book, The Weather Machine, claimed we were heading into an ice age.
An amusing part of the film deals with the temperature flip flops of Stephen Schneider, one of the vocal proponents of the theory of AGW. Schneider was asked about the global cooling panic in the 1970s. He said, People where talking about global cooling 15 years ago, but not everybody. I was one who was not sure.
The guy interviewing him whips out Schneiders first books and reads his own words: I have cited many examples of recent climatic variability and repeated the warnings of several well-known climatologists that a cooling trend has set in perhaps one akin to the Little Ice Age.
Schneider responded, I said that at the time because it was true.
A classic was when Stephen Schneider said, I dont put much stock in looking at direct evidence. Maybe this explains why his website continues to tout the discredited Mann hockey stick.
The video does an excellent job on how money affects the debate (or lack thereof).
John Stossel on Global Warming
ABCs John Stossel shows how Al Gores slide show is scaring kid. You gotta ask, Does he feel no shame? Uh, no.
Stossel then shows how there is disagreement, but at a price to those who disagree. Its not just an academic price, but death threats. Seriously. Watch the video.
Exposed: The Climate of Fear (41:33)
This is Glenn Becks CNN special on global warming. He points out many of the flaws in Kyoto and how the IPCC exaggerates. Next Danish economist Bjorn Lomborg is interviewed. Lomborg nails the poor return on trying to do something about global warming compared to many of our other problems. For example, we get $40 of benefit for every dollar spent on HIV/AIDS, compared to $0.30 for every $1 spent on climate change.
Beck shows how scientists with alternative views about global warming are bullied, threatened, and starved of funding. This is the climate of fear from the segments title.
Patrick Moore makes an appearance and mentions the Oregon Petition Project, which is a document signed by 19,000 scientists and meteorologists who disagree with the premise of the Kyoto Treaty, the U.N. IPCC Assessment Reports, and Gores movie; so much for consensus. Beck didnt show the text of it. Here it is:
We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.
There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.
John Christy then takes apart Gores dramatic report of the Snows of Kilimanjaro, which were half gone when Hemmingway wrote the book. So how is that the result of climate change? Its not.
Next, Beck goes after Manns infamous Hockey Stick, the relationship of CO2 and temperature, sea level rise, etc. Beck says Al Gores best supporting actor is, if. If this were to happen
Beck follows the money. The Greenies claim any opposition must be oil funded. Nonsense, says Chris Horner, author of the Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (great book, by the way). However, we spend more money on global warming research than cancer research. Wait! More on global warming than cancer? Yes.
Horner then describes the process the IPCC follows. The politicians write the Summary For Policy Makers BEFORE the scientific report is written. The scientists must then make the science fit the politicians and bureaucrats summary.
Watch it. Its good.
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Thanks! Looks like I have some viewing to do! :D
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Global warming will ease your hard drive. Not the data, but your actual hard drive! Not only that, but it will scramble any disks that are even close to your computer. It will recalibrate your refrigerator's coolness setting so all your ice cream goes melty. It will demagnetize the strips on all your credit cards, screw up the tracking on your television and use subspace field harmonics to scratch any CD's you try to play.
It will give your ex-girlfriend your new phone number. It will mix Kool-aid into your fishtank. It will drink all your beer and leave its socks out on the coffee table when there's company coming over. It will put a dead kitten in the back pocket of your good suit pants and hide your car keys when you are late for work.
Global warming will make you fall in love with a penguin. It will give you nightmares about circus midgets. It will pour sugar in your gas tank and shave off both your eyebrows while dating your girlfriend behind your back and billing the dinner and hotel room to your Discover card.
It will seduce your grandmother. It does not matter if she is dead, such is the power of Global warming, it reaches out beyond the grave to sully those things we hold most dear.
It moves your car randomly around parking lots so you can't find it. It will kick your dog. It will leave libidinous messages on your boss's voice mail in your voice! It is insidious and subtle. It is dangerous and terrifying to behold. It is also a rather interesting shade of mauve.
Global warming will give you Dutch Elm disease. It will leave the toilet seat up. It will make a batch of Methanphedime in your bathtub and then leave bacon cooking on the stove while it goes out to chase gradeschoolers with your new snowblower.
Listen to me. Global warming does not exist.
It cannot do anything to you. But I can. I am sending this message to everyone in the world. Tell your friends, tell your family. If anyone else bothers me with fearmongering concerning Global warming, I will turn hating them into a religion. I will do things to them that would make a horsehead in your bed look like Easter Sunday brunch.
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