ABC Australia to Air Durkin's Swindle

ABC Australia to Air Durkin's Swindle
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ABC Australia will be airing the UK-produced “Great Global Warming Swindle.” Following the show, Lateline host Tony Jones will interview the Swindle’s director, Martin Durkin. There will also be a panel discussion on the scientific validity of the Swindle claims that will include well-known denier Bob Carter.

According to media reports , the addition of the Tony Jones interview and the panel were a compromise after much editorial in-fighting over whether to air the documentary.

The documentary has been roundly criticized for its scientific flaws, which has led the film to be labeled “controversial” in the popular media. No doubt a label that has director Martin Durkin smiling, as it will ensure that his film continues to be aired around the world.

One of the major tenants of the Swindle film is the widespread myth that the sun is to blame for the current climate change. Coincidentally, a new study is set to be released in the prestigious Proceedings of the Royal Society that the Sun’s output has actually fallen over the past 20 years, while temperatures continue to rise.

Here’s a list of previous posts we have done on the Swindle.

And given ABC Australia’s newfound penchant for misinformation, here’s another “controversial video” that I would urge them to air (it’s actually a lot better done than Durkin’s!). 

I would suggest that ABC conduct a panel of experts discussion after this video as well. Such a panel will not only help confuse the issue further, but it will really send the message home to viewers that there is in fact a controversy.

 

ABC Australia to Air Durkin's Swindle

Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog.

He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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