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Re: Now they have told us: -- Climate Change

That documentary "Climate change by numbers" was shown on British TV, the BBC of course, about three weeks ago. It was the talk of the British AGW sceptic blogosphere for about the first week of March. The current "Season 1 Episode 1" description on the Youtube upload is misleading - it is only a single documentary as far as I am aware.

A couple of noteworthy reactions to the documentary from the Daily Telegraph's Christopher Booker and GWPF's David Whitehouse:



I don't think the purpose of the documentary is to convert us AGW sceptics to the cause, the idea behind it is probably to try to reduce the influence, such as it is, of AGW sceptics on politicians and the media. AGW sceptics have I think had some success in promoting the notion that climate scientists are not all that competent at statistics thanks to the efforts of people like Steve McIntyre, Doug Keenan and Matt Briggs. The documentary appears to me to be trying to bolster up the impression of statistical competence of climate science by bringing in three academics not connected with climate science to say that all the work is hunky dory.

As I remember it, the last documentary that the executive producer of "Climate change by numbers", Jonathan Renouf, made on climate change was a notorious one back in 2008 called "Earth: the climate wars". This documentary used a geologist academic, Iain Stewart, as the main presenter. At that particular time (200 geologists seemed to have a bit of a reputation for being inclined towards AGW scepticism, and the idea of bringing in the warmist Stewart might have been to counteract the influence of AGW sceptic geologists.

Re: Now they have told us: -- Climate Change

Well. Some of the warmists think that that show tells it well. I am tempted to go back and try and engage the people who sent me on the show. The cynic in me suggests that this is a futile idea. I can't even stimulate an interest in what enthalpy is in such arenas.

Reading the articles you linked to here doesn't make me think that anyone is likely to engage the enthalpy elephant. It is way too easy to lose listeners if you start talking about units of energy.