Melvyn Bragg has the decency to be seemingly embarrassed during this programme, presumably forced upon him….yet another global warming ‘persuader’ moulded to bring us into the fold….it was always clear where it was going to end up…and sure as snowballs will melt in the burning hell of a CO2 polluted world the final words were ‘We’re doomed’.
Having said that listen to the programme and I doubt you will be at all convinced by it that global warming is a man made threat….never mind Bragg saying that warming benefitted mankind…but ‘we’d better park that idea.‘ Why? Wasn’t it in the script?
There clearly was a script..not just the usual one to guide the drift of a debate to search into all corners of a subject…this one was definitely heading in one direction only…however not even the guests seemed convinced.
For instance they kept revealing information that seemed at odds with the global warming story….the history of the earth is that for only 15% of its existence has it been covered in ice…the other 85% it has been in a ‘Greenhouse’ state.
We were told that the Antarctic became frozen as the continents drifted away from it and the vast expanse of sea meant that it became colder…..the narrative of that was interrupted by a second guest who said ‘Remember that CO2 is driving this of course’…..‘Oh yes‘ said the narrator, ‘CO2 of course…yes it drives this’.
Convincing? Not at all. Was someone off script?
What else? Oh yes…CO2 levels have been 12 times higher than at present and the greenhouse state is the normal one for the planet.
At the end of the programme the BBC, after 40 or so minutes of interesting stuff about ice ages, decides that’s enough of that….whatever you the listener has concluded yourself you’re going to be given the summary of what you really should be thinking…whether it really embodies the content of the programme or not….and of course that conclusion is…‘We’re doomed’.
Despite my scepticism, about the BBC motive, it’s very worth a listen in its own right if you have the time.