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On British television recently Channel Four aired its documentary production titled “The Great Global Warming Swindle.”

A few days later the New York Times carried rare reporting by William J. Broad on some reaction to the hoopla surrounding the Academy Award for best documentary given to Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth on global warming.

In a cautious tone Broad reported a growing spectrum of opinion in the science community critical of Gore’s alarmism about climate change, and his understanding of the science and the scientific evidence available on the subject.

It is not expected that Channel Four’s documentary will receive notice at next year’s Academy Award night in Los Angeles. But the documentary has blown open a massive hole exposing claims of Gore and the “global warming” crowd being at best questionable and at worst a scam in the name of science.

Gore’s documentary, directed by David Guggenhneim, has grossed over $46 million. A companion book by Gore reached the top of New York Times bestseller list.

As Broad writes, Gore “depicted a future in which temperatures soar, ice sheets melt, seas rise, hurricanes batter the coasts and people die en masse.” At the heart of the argument proselytized by Gore and the “global warming” industry with many governments, including Canadian, in agreement stands the proposition that the primary cause of climate change is human activity.

The contrary evidence is damning.

Global warming presently, and as has occurred in the past, is an effect of changes in sun radiation.

In other words, there has been global warming with shifts in climate and subsequent effects before human beings walked on Earth.

The one constant thing—despite the heat generated by debate on the subject of “global warming”—is climate change. The planet Earth through more than 4 billion years of its history has sailed on its orbit around the sun with its climate in constant change.

Evidences gathered from the 2005 data provided by NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey Missions reveal Mars’ ice caps on its south pole diminishing over the past three summers.

Melting ice on Mars indicates, according to Habi-bullo Abdussamatov, chief of space research at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory, recent global warming on Earth is caused by variations in sun radiation.

Abdussamatov is quoted as saying, “Man-made greenhouse warming has made a small contribution to the warming seen on Earth in recent years, but it cannot compete with the increase in solar irradiance.”

Richard North, co-editor of EU Referendum, in reporting the Channel Four documentary quotes Roy Spencer, formerly a senior scientist at NASA’s space flight centre: “The analogy I use is like my car’s not running very well, so I’m going to ignore the engine which is the sun and I’m going to ignore the transmission which is the water vapour and I’m going to look at the one nut on the right rear wheel which is the human produced CO2. The science is that bad.”

Science does not have a Vatican, a clergy and a doctrine to defend. Science is an activity of fallible human beings striving to understand the workings of nature, and one tool in its arsenal is skepticism.

But when science gets co-opted by politics (often corrupt) or religion (wherein faith is primary) then skepticism is placed under a cloud, and inquisition is close at hand.

The question as to why this subject has become so divisive deserves sober thought and some humility for the planet Earth has its own history irrespective of human activity.

Salim Mansur
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