Complaint to Ofcom Regarding The Great Global Warming Swindle

2. Complete Transcript and Rebuttal

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[Patrick Moore]

The shift to climate being a major focal point came about for two very distinct reasons. The first reason was because by the mid-80s, a majority of people now agreed with all of the reasonable things we in the environmental movement were saying they should do. Now when a majority of people agree with you its pretty hard to remain confrontational with them; and so the only way to remain anti-establishment was to adopt ever more extreme positions. When I left Greenpeace it was in the midst of them adopting a campaign to ban chlorine worldwide. Like I said, you guys, this is one of the elements in the periodic table, you know; I mean, Im not sure if its in our jurisdiction to be banning a whole element.

[Comment 79: Patrick Moore is actually referring to the gradual phasing out, not of the existence of the element Chlorine, as he implies, but of the production of the complex compounds known as CFCs (see Wikipedia:, due to their known effect on the ozone layer (see Wikipedia: – a decision which most governments in the world have signed up to under the Montreal Protocol (see Wikipedia:

Those governments signed the Montreal Protocol not because a few extremist environmentalists told them to (it is hardly credible for a rational person to claim that governments are so easily swayed), but because of hard scientific evidence (again, see Wikipedia:

As for Patrick Moores suggestion that one would be have to be mad to ban the use of an element that is in the periodic table, we have banned the use of the element lead in gasoline and in paint; and we have laws against the dumping of the element mercury into our lakes and rivers; and we have banned the use of the element radium to illuminate watch and clock hands. Long term exposure to any of those elements has serious effects on human health, including kidney damage, digestive tract failure, and disruption of neurological function in young children.

Thus Moores comments are not only profoundly misleading, but apparently intentionally so.]

(In breach of Ofcom 5.7, 5.9)

[Cut to film clip of people destroying the Berlin Wall]

[Patrick Moore]

The other reason that environmental extremism emerged was because world communism failed: the wall came down, and a lot of peaceniks and political activists moved into the environmental movement, bringing their neo-Marxism with them; and learnt to use green language in a very clever way to cloak agendas that actually have more to do with anti-capitalism and anti-globalisation than they do anything with ecology or science.

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Comment 79: Misrepresentation of the Montreal Protocol]


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