THE ABC board has been accused of pressuring ABC TV to broadcast a discredited British documentary questioning the science behind climate change.
The ABC announced on Tuesday it had bought The Great Global Warming Swindle, a documentary that says humans are not to blame for rising global temperatures. The program caused controversy when it was aired on Britain’s Channel 4 in March. Eminent scientists and some of the scientists interviewed later accused the documentary makers of using fabricated data, half-truths and misleading statements.
The ABC science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams, who advised the TV division not to buy the program, told the Herald yesterday the director of ABC TV, Kim Dalton, had intimated in a conversation that he was under pressure from the board on the issue… — Sydney Morning Herald
Given what that Board is like thanks to John Howard, this is hardly surprising. I hope they follow it up with an appropriate panel discussion.
A good person to whom even the Board could hardly object is John Houghton: “John Houghton … has been deeply involved with the subject of human-induced climate change for some years. He was professor in atmospheric physics in Oxford, then was Director General of the UK Met Office from where he became involved in the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the first chairman of the IPCC’s scientific assessment.” He is also a devout Christian. The link takes you to an earlier entry where I point you to Houghton’s “fisking” of this very documentary.
See also How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic.