Sunday, March 18, 2007

Global Warming: Martin Durkin strikes back; "The death of this theory will be painful and ugly. But it will die. Because it is wrong, wrong, wrong."

Martin Durkin, the documentary film maker and ex (or perhaps still current) Marxist, strikes back at critics of his film, The Great Global Warming Swindle.

Writing in The Telegraph, Durkin says
The remarkable thing is not that I was attacked. But that the attacks have been so feeble. The ice-core data was the jewel in the global-warming crown, cited again and again as evidence that carbon dioxide 'drives' the earth's climate. In fact, as its advocates have been forced to admit, the ice-core data says the opposite. Temperature change always precedes changes in CO2 by several hundred years. Temperature drives CO2, not the other way round. The global-warmers do not deny this. They cannot.
In regard to commenter Dave's reproduction of the letter to British Channel 4 (see Comments in the post linked above), Durkin simply says,
So what else do they hit me with? Prof. Carl Wunsch, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who appeared in the film, later claimed he was duped into taking part. He was not.
Thanks, Marty, but we could have used just a bit more detail than that.

Interviewed in spiked, Durkin says,
"I wanted to call it 'Apocalypse My Arse (Ass)', but in the end we decided on 'The Great Global Warming Swindle'. It's a provocative title, which helps with ratings."
As far as the unfortunate swipes, like that taken at Durkin by Dave for his Marxist past, Durkin says, mockingly,
"Shock, horror", he says. "Exposing that a journalist has a Marxist background is like exposing that he wears trousers."
spiked points out that Durkin chose the title as a take-off from a no doubt highly forgettable Sex Pistols film. The spiked article details the manner in which the global warmer's "debate" the issue:

1. They mention Durkin's "leftist" and "Marxist" past. Like, oh, Christopher Hitchins sans bourbon. Or maybe with the bourbon. Nobody, however, like bourbon as much as Hitchins. Not even Mark in Mexico, and he really likes bourbon.

2. They issue dire warnings, like, "keep an eye out for who is due to appear in the film and more importantly who they work for". Yeah, like the Pasteur Institute in Paris, The University of Winnipeg and MIT (that's in the Massachusetts of Kerry and Kennedy, notorious right wing zealots), all beholden to big oil, or big coal, or George W. Bush, or Halliburton, or somebody equally dangerous.

3. They claim, "'the jury is in on global warming', or, 'the science is done and dusted', or you're a 'denier' if you question the consensus."

4. One, a reporter from London, whose expertise on climatology is derived from reading what other reporters write, criticizes a Durkin expert for living in Winnipeg, Canada. And the man from Winnipeg is a climatologist and professor of Climatology.

5. They go after Channel 4 by complaining to Britain's Office of Communications (Ofcom).

The bottom line, so far as Durkin is concerned, is this:
Too many journalists and scientists have built their careers on the global-warming alarm. Certain newspapers have staked their reputation on it. The death of this theory will be painful and ugly. But it will die. Because it is wrong, wrong, wrong.

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