Complaint to Ofcom Regarding The Great Global Warming Swindle

2. Complete Transcript and Rebuttal

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Below, we show Damon and Lauts comparison of (a) the original Friis-Christensen and Lassen data from 1991 which was used in the documentary, (b) an updated version of the solar data from 2000, and (c) the corrected data. As a result of the correction, the apparent correlation between sunspot cycle length and terrestrial temperature disappears after 1960. This was not identified by the film makers.

Damon and Laut Figure 1

In 2000, Lassen and Friis-Christensen replied to an earlier paper co-authored by Laut, and defended their earlier findings, reiterating that they considered the correlation to have been significant between 1570 and 1970, and making clear that this did not exclude any other climate forcing agents, including the effect of man-made greenhouse gases, in particular, after 1970. ( Thus Friis-Christensen and Lassen have themselves specifically stated that the correlation only exists up to 1970. This point, which would have vastly changed the message presented by the Channel 4 programme, was omitted, and in omitting it, the public have been greatly misled.

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Figure 1 from Damon and Laut 2004]


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