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The BBC Burn Up Balance

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Ruling expected on climate film

Dr Wunsch, from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, said "what we now have is an out-and-out propaganda piece, in which there is not even a gesture toward balance".

The accuracy code, meanwhile, includes an instruction that "a personal view or authored programme or item must be clearly signalled to the audience at the outset", and that programmes covering issues of political controversy must not give "undue prominence" to any particular point of view.

I thought this might be about the much hyped BBC program Burn Up

Christopher Hall, the producer of Burn Up, which is going to hit the screens next week, admits that "the question we kept asking ourselves was, 'How do we make a sexy programme about CO2? It's a gas, for goodness' sake!' So we see this piece as a Trojan horse: we rivet viewers with good drama and smuggle the message in that way." ..."There isn't a more important issue in the world than global warming. Even the Cold War and the Bay of Pigs crisis were notional threats. A warming planet isn't a threat – it's happening."

Of course not - that is going to be on the BBC and of course is balanced... No it was the Channel 4 The Great Global Warming Swindle that attracted the complaints....

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Bay of Pigs crisis? A mix up of the CIA backed attempt to depose Castro in April 61 with the Cuban Missile crisis in Oct/Nov 62 when the world came closest to nuclear war. So Hall's wrong on that fact too. I wonder how many of those supporting his line will refer to this Bay of Pigs crisis over the next weeks and months?

Bay of Pigs crisis? A mix up of the CIA backed attempt to depose Castro in April 61 with the Cuban Missile crisis in Oct/Nov 62 when the world came closest to nuclear war. So Hall's wrong on that fact too. I wonder how many of those supporting his line will refer to this Bay of Pigs crisis over the next weeks and months?

A balanced view about global warming is expressed in Nigel Lawson's book on the subject. Lawson makes a lot of very good points including the fact that as the world's population rises from 6 billions to 9 billions in the next few decades a warmer co2 (fertiliser gass!!) rich atmosphere will facilitate the growth of the vegetable based food crops that will be needed to feed everyone. Lawson also makes the point that "it is better to be warm and rich than cold and poor".
I am all for both of that.

A balanced view about global warming is expressed in Nigel Lawson's book on the subject. Lawson makes a lot of very good points including the fact that as the world's population rises from 6 billions to 9 billions in the next few decades a warmer co2 (fertiliser gass!!) rich atmosphere will facilitate the growth of the vegetable based food crops that will be needed to feed everyone. Lawson also makes the point that "it is better to be warm and rich than cold and poor".
I am all for both of that.

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