The Truth Behind the Anti-Climate Change Documentaries

There is a whole industry to debunk established science by right wingers, ranging from evolution to climate change. I’ve had a number of posts in the past on how the anti-science right has misquoted scientists to attempt to “prove” their claims. We now have a good example with those who deny the science behind climate change. The Guardian reports:

A Leading US climate scientist is considering legal action after he says he was duped into appearing in a Channel 4 documentary that claimed man-made global warming is a myth. Carl Wunsch, professor of physical oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the film, The Great Global Warming Swindle, was ‘grossly distorted’ and ‘as close to pure propaganda as anything since World War Two’.

He says his comments in the film were taken out of context and that he would not have agreed to take part if he had known it would argue that man-made global warming was not a serious threat. ‘I thought they were trying to educate the public about the complexities of climate change,’ he said. ‘This seems like a deliberate attempt to exploit someone who is on the other side of the issue.’ He is considering a complaint to Ofcom, the broadcast regulator.

It shows how difficult it is to argue against established science when they have to resort to distorting the words of scientists as there are rarely reputable scientists willing to support their claims.

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