'First, the non-climatic effects of carbon dioxide are dominant over the climatic effects and are overwhelmingly beneficial. Second, the climatic effects observed in the real world are much less damaging than the effects predicted by the climate models, and have also been frequently beneficial.'

Freeman Dyson,

in Foreword to http://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2015/10/benefits1.pdf

Friday, 16 July 2010

Wiping the Floor with Albert Gore: sensible DVDs or videos on climate for use in schools

It is illegal to show Gore's propaganda piece, 'An Inconvenient Truth' in schools in England or Wales, without at the same time pointing out some of its more blatant errors or deceptions (1).  Elsewhere in the world, there may be no such protection afforded to pupils and staff.

If Gore's film has been shown without protection, there are other DVDs and videos which can provide antidotes to the poison, and help children and staff get climate change into a more sensible perspective.  Or, in case you might prefer a different analogy:

'When students are being deluged with global-warming propaganda, they desperately need life preservers. Here are some truth-filled DVDs that will help them stay afloat.'

This quote is from an article by Ed Hiserodt, published in 2008 (2).  I have partially reproduced some of his comments below, in italics, along with the DVDs he found.  Some may no longer be available.  I have added additional links in some cases:

Apocalypse? NO!
... entitled Apocalypse? NO! It is narrated by Lord Christopher Monckton,...
He speaks well to his audience, not attempting to impress with his understated scientific knowledge, but at a level that draws them along. He attacks the IPCC, the propaganda arm of the global-warming religion, for its duplicity and its intentional demonstrable "errors." He rips the IPCC for changing its position on climate change as it became more and more immersed in promoting the position of the environmental activists, and had less to do with any semblance of science. The IPCC's words are shown to be their own worst enemy. Adding to this, the Viscount chalkboards simple mathematical errors he personally found that were "overlooked" by the reputed 2,500 scientists and dozens of governments that supposedly back the IPCC's claims — errors that just happen to favor the alarmist position.
This product is mentioned on the SPPI site, along with some other videos: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/videos/.  But I can find no information there about ordering a copy.  In the meantime, for online viewing see: http://www.vidoosh.tv/play.php?vid=5281

The Great Global Warming Swindle
Were it not for the fact that The Great Global Warming Swindle DVD runs just barely over an hour, it would have been a difficult choice between this and Apocalypse? NO! It was also produced in England (where the heavy hand of carbon footprinting and carbon reduction is well on its way) and has that crisp dialogue and action you find in professional productions. It probably has the best and most professional graphics of all the available DVDs.
The Great Global Warming Swindle is produced by WAG TV, Channel 4 in England. For ordering information, see: http://www.greatglobalwarmingswindle.co.uk/dvd.html

Global Warming or Global Governance
If you want a DVD that presents the whole picture, including the machinations of American politicians led by Albert Gore, then Global Warming or Global Governance is the quintessential source. The featured scientists, the political commentary, graphics, clarity of presentation — this DVD has it all. Global Warming or Global Governance is, however, made to impart information to adults who already have a basic knowledge of the problem, and it lacks the entertainment qualities of the charming Viscount Monckton or the "upbeatness" of Channel 4's exposé. Were it a case of imparting information to adults rather than to school children, it would be my choice.
Global Warming or Global Governance is available from: http://www.globalwarmingglobalgovernance.com/

Carbon Dioxide and the "Climate Crisis" — Reality or Illusion was written by a father and son team of Ph.D.s, Sherwood and Craig Idso. This is anything but a "home movie"; it has excellent graphics and is broken into convenient segments (e.g., Earth's Climate History, Ice Sheet Disintegration) that make it useful as a research tool. 
To order this 53-minute DVD, see: http://yhst-7134682615375.stores.yahoo.net/carbon-dioxide-and-the-quotclimate-crisisquot--reality-or-illusion.html

An Inconvenient Truth ... or Convenient Fiction? is a thoughtful and well-documented rebuttal of Gore's horror-fiction movie, that was produced and narrated by Dr. Steven Hayward of the Pacific Research Institute. "The problem with Gore and other alarmists is that they distort the science, grossly exaggerate the risk, argue that anyone who disagrees with them is corrupt, and suggest that solutions are easy and cheap. And that's an all too convenient fiction." This is probably the best DVD to show the relative "forcings," i.e., the factors that could and do affect our climate. It is clear from these that carbon dioxide is not the culprit. 
Available from the Pacific Research Institute's online bookstore at http://www.pacificresearch.org/bookstore/an-inconvenient-truthor-convenient-fiction-dvd

Unstoppable Solar Cycles: The Real Story of Greenland demonstrates unassailable points in both the causes and effects of warmer temperatures. First, the DVD shows it is obvious from the stone walls around the fields where Viking cattle grazed that it was once much warmer in Greenland than now. Graves dug then with shovels would practically require dynamite today. I might add that during this period from about 950 A.D. to 1350 A.D. there is no record of ports such as London and cities such as Venice being under 20 feet of water. Unstoppable, at a mere 11 minutes, is a tasty appetizer.
Produced by The Idea Channel, it is available at no charge from info@ideachannel.com.
It can be viewed online here: http://www.nuganics.com.au/2008/05/06/unstoppable-solar-cycles-the-real-story-of-greenland/.

More recently, in 2009, the following documentary film was published:

Not Evil, Just Wrong
Global warming alarmists want Americans to believe that humans are killing the planet. But Not Evil Just Wrong, a new documentary by Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, proves that the only threats to America (and the rest of the world) are the flawed science and sky-is-falling rhetoric of Al Gore and his allies in environmental extremism.
Buy it here: http://noteviljustwrong.com/store

A short-lived campaign in the States to get this film shown in every school was launched this year as a counter to 'An Inconvenient Truth' .  More details here: (3).

One commentator has decried the use of either film in schools:

'Diane Katz, the director of Risk, Environment and Energy Policy at the Fraser Institute, said neither movie should be shown in schools.
"I don't think political propaganda belongs in schools, especially the younger grades," Katz said. "Unfortunately, so much of what passes for environmental education has very little to do about facts about the environment and has to do with the government control of our property and every other aspect of our lives. ... I don't think any of that stuff should be school material. No matter what side the filmmakers are coming from, I don't think any of that stuff belongs in the classroom."
Katz criticized school systems that have shown the Gore film.
"It says that whatever curriculum oversight there is, it is pretty poor," Katz said. "Obviously, it is predisposed to this green dogma."
Source: (4)

More DVDs or videos

A site which I have just come across is: http://www.climatedvd.com/  
It allows downloads of the following 6 items, along with instructions on how to create DVDs:

NASA's Jim Hansen at Oregon State University
This is the best case the warmers can make and it's not much: He admits that CO2 follows temperature; that CO2 was 1000ppm in the past & more. Seveal of his long term charts show recent temperatures lower than in the past. The only evidence that CO2 causes warming is that the models don't work without CO2. (Skeptics claim that the models don't work with CO2 either.)
Weather and Climate, Past, Present and Future
George H. Taylor

Science & Context in the Global Warming Debate
Bob Carter

Climate Catastrophe Cancelled
Friends of Science

What is Normal? A Critique of Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming Theory
Warren Meyer

Searching For Climate Change 
John Christy

Further finds

Carbon Truth DVDs downloadable from: http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/5208611/
We now have a 2 disc DVD compilation set of the best Carbon Truth material available. You can download the DVDs via bittorrent and burn straight to disc from the file. This will be a powerful tool for waking people up to the GW/CC scam. 
Part I: The Science of Climate Fraud
Part II: The Economics and Politics of Climate Fraud

The Carbon Truth site itself offers 45 videos for download, or viewing online: http://carbontruthaction.ning.com/video
Not all of these are by scientists, or even by sceptics.  For example there is an Obama speech in Copenhagen, and the notorious 'The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See'  - which is a painful display of how not to do risk/cost benefit analysis.

Youtube videos.
A lot are out there,  Here are three for starters, and each link will show not only the video mentioned, but also show a list of others in the same subject area.

Bob Carter: 'Climate Change - Is CO2 the cause? - Pt 1 of 4'
This series of 4 short (8 to 10 mins or so each) would be an excellent 'compare and contrast' focus for senior pupils who have also studied 'An Inconvenient Truth'.

Don't Panic - Flaws In Catastrophic Global Warming Forecasts
(good discussion of positive feedback in climate models)

Freeman Dyson on Global Warming (1 of 2) Bogus Climate Models
(an extremely distinguished physicist shares his views on climate models)

I would very much welcome reviews of any of the above, or details of any difficulties in obtaining them, and for information about others which I have missed.

(1) 'In order for the film to be shown, the Government must first amend their Guidance Notes to Teachers to make clear that 1.) The Film is a political work and promotes only one side of the argument. 2.) If teachers present the Film without making this plain they may be in breach of section 406 of the Education Act 1996 and guilty of political indoctrination. 3.) Nine inaccuracies have to be specifically drawn to the attention of school children.'
More details here: http://www.newparty.co.uk/articles/inaccuracies-gore.html
(2) http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/movies/506
(3) http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_15431779
(4) http://climaterealists.com/index.php?id=5487

Note added 25 April 2016.  I've not been good at updating this post with new videos.  But here is one by David Evans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gDErDwXqhc


  1. Useful information & links, thanks.

  2. This looks promising: http://theclimatescepticsparty.blogspot.com/2010/07/climate-movie-for-young-people.html#comment-form

  3. Here is a post by a self-confessed greenie who has seen the light about CAGW. He only mentions a couple of the refutations, but nevertheless is it too much to hope he is a straw in the wind?


  4. I am not yet convinced that the movie mentioned by 'Anonymous' is genuine. I have not seen it mentioned elsewhere. I suggest that readers hold off sending donations until more is known.

  5. Here is a more recent video on YouTube (9 July 2010). Presented by a climatologist who demolishes Gore's hype. But poor visual capture of his slides means it is only a little better than an audio tape. Possibly not lively enough for schools, except perhaps for most senior pupils.

    Hat tip: http://tomnelson.blogspot.com/

  6. I have had more correspondence to assure me that the movie project mentioned by Anonymous is genuine. I look forward to learning more about it, and publicising it in due course.

  7. Excellent blog. Thank you for such diligant work. I was going to mention the new project which has already been posted above. You can find out more at this link.

  8. Thank you!

    I have just done another post to promote the movie project.

  9. Here is a much larger list of videos, and I guess many of them might be suitable for use in schools: