An interesting evening of Television tonight... Credit must go to Prime Television (Sky) for choosing to broadcast The Great Global Warming Swindle, and for organising a relatively balanced local debate after the documentary.
It is extremely rare to see alternate viewpoints on "man-made Global Warming" given the light of day on TVNZ or TV3, or in the country's newspapers.
I did note the "disclaimer" made by Eric Young before the documentary screened, that the views were not those of Prime or Prime News. I'd love to see similar disclaimers the next time the Green's Aussie-Marxist Russell Norman, or Labour's soon-to-be-demoted David Parker are wheeled out.
The Climate Change crusaders quoted US statistics that suggested over 60% media coverage in America in the past challenged or disputed the theory of man-made Global Warming.
However, as any New Zealander will know, the so-called mainstream print and broadcast media here have swallowed the lies hook, line, and sinker, and anyone who dares to question the UN's global religion is a "heretic".
I did find it interesting that the "sceptics" (Leighton Smith and Dr Willem de Lange) were constantly interrupted by the 3 Global Warming prophets, but that rudeness was not reciprocated.
Leaving aside the Gaian campaigner Cindy Baxter, the two climate change scientists on the panel did at least admit in passing two things...
* that all scientists do not agree that CO2 is a major contributor to global warming
* and that the IPCC does not represent the unanimous views of "2,500 of the world's top scientists/experts" (a line the NZ "mainstream" media likes to use).
Posted at 11:02 p.m.