Political Issues of Global Warming

In 2007, British television producer Martin Durkin released a documentary entitled “The Great Global Warming Swindle.” The film presents a number of scientists, economists, politicians, writers, and others who falsify the theory of anthropogenic or man-made global warming (see Causes of Global Warming: Is Carbon Dioxide the Prime Cause?). It discusses scientific evidences to affirm that global warming is actually the effect on uncontrollable solar and meteorological forces.

A part of the film also argues that man-made global warming is politically staged, that there are hidden agendas behind the fervent actions to addressing this global phenomenon. Here are the political issues surrounding global warming that the documentary claims:

  • Increased funding of climate science and global warming research. Accordingly, global warming is now one of the best funded areas of science, and hence, funds are most available for any research on this subject matter. Any scientists seeking a research grant award would more likely to receive funding if his research is related to global warming. To add to that, several professional courses like many environmental sciences have been created to accommodate the growing concern for this issue.
  • Influence of vested interests. The film claims a number of vested interests behind global warming. It argues that global warming has supported and created hundreds of thousands of jobs in science, media, and government, and are then subsidized as a result.
  • Suppression of opposing views. Though this claim lacks sufficient evidences, the film asserts that scientists who speak out against the idea of man-made global warming would risk persecution, death threats, loss of funding, persona l attacks, and damage to their reputations.
  • Role of ideology. The film proposes that some supporters of the finding that global warming is man-made do so because it supports their emotional and ideological beliefs against capitalism, economic development, globalization, industrialization, and the United States.
  • Role of politics. The programme asserts that the view that global warming is man-made was promoted by the British Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a means of promoting nuclear power and reducing the impact of strike action in the state-owned coal industry by the National Union of Mineworkers.
  • Role of industry. The film argues that the assertion that global warming sceptics are funded by private industry (such as oil, gas, and coal industries) are false and have no basis in fact.
The film has solicited countless violent reactions from different sectors. So which are true or not are still vague. It is now up to our own wise judgment which to believe.


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