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10/19/2009 10:44:00 PM
Climate change film debut draws supporters, critics
Ken Hedler/The Daily Courier
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"Cockroaches make more CO2 than we do," YC professor Terry Lovell said Sunday.

Ken Hedler
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - A documentary that seeks to debunk the Oscar-winning movie about Al Gore on global warming drew a near-capacity crowd Sunday evening in the Performance Hall at Yavapai College.

"Not Evil Just Wrong - The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria" interviews experts who claim ice caps are melting because of natural causes, and contends measures to reduce carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels would be a financial burden for average Americans.

The Prescott Tea Party and Terry Lovell, a business professor at the college, played host for the 85-minute documentary and a 40-minute period in which Lovell answered questions from the audience.

The film portrays Gore as a hypocrite who flies in a private jet while urging Americans to change their lifestyles to try to reverse the danger global warming poses.

"Not Evil Just Wrong" features interviews with academics, a founder of Greenpeace who had a falling out with the environmental group, and working-class people near a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky.

The film also criticizes the late Rachel Carson, whose 1962 book "Silent Spring" led to a worldwide ban of the pesticide DDT for agricultural use. The film says the pesticide ban increased deaths from malaria in Africa, and quotes Roy Innis of the Congress for Racial Equality.

Filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney produced "Not Evil Just Wrong" as an answer to "An Inconvenient Truth," the 2006 documentary that chronicles Gore's crisscrossing of the globe presenting a slide show on climate change. Gore and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

The "supposed experts" are leading America "on the path of socialism," Hank Giesecke, a retired aerospace engineer who introduced Lovell, told the audience before the film aired.

The movie drew a largely enthusiastic response from the audience in the performance hall, which seats 1,100 people. The Prescott Tea Party is part of a national political movement that has rallied against "cap-and-trade" legislation on global warming, national health care reform, the bailouts of the automobile industry and financial institutions and excessive government spending.

A man in the audience inquired afterward about distributing copies of the movie to classrooms.

However, the film drew some critics as well, mostly students and a faculty member of Prescott College.

"Virtually none of the arguments in that movie are new in the global science debate and virtually all of them are debunked," Ed Grumbine, chair of the graduate environmental studies program, said afterward. He said he has spent the past seven years studying international climate change science and policy with an emphasis on China, a rapidly industrializing country.

"There is virtually no disagreement in the scientific community globally," Grumbine said. "The point is not 100 percent agreement. The point is 90 percent consensus. The evidence is clear, not just based on computer (modeling)."

Grumbine, who holds a doctorate in environmental policy from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, said parts per million of carbon in the atmosphere increased from 280 before the Industrial Revolution to 389 today.

The current figure will cause Arctic sea ice to melt in 20 years, Grumbine said, adding climate change will harm agricultural productivity and affect the water supply.

Prescott College sophomore Sam Coodley, an aspiring filmmaker, criticized the movie, saying, "I feel that film is a very easy way to manipulate information, and stirring music with African babies with bloated bellies doesn't strike me as objective."

After the film, Lovell said the cap-and-trade measures to reduce carbon emissions will cost consumers $3,600 to $7,200 a year. The U.S. Congressional Budget Office and Environmental Protection Agency estimates range between $80 and $340 per year, depending on one's income.

Lovell cited three think tanks as his sources: The Cato and American Enterprise institutes, and the Heritage Foundation.

He characterized the carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels as "plant food," and commented, "Cockroaches make more CO2 than we do."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

Horrors! The next thing you know those crazy scientists will say the earth is round.

Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Article comment by: Who Hired the good professor?

Is this the non-accredited university that Prof. Lovell purchased, oops, excuse me, I mean... earned his degree? Who is hiring these brilliant folks at Yavapai College, to teach critical thinking?..... Greenwich University is a controversial correspondence school. While Greenwich University was legally established in the Australian jurisdiction of Norfolk Island, its programs were never listed on the Australian Qualifications Framework register nor was it ever audited by the Australian Universities Quality Agency.[1] According to the then Australian Federal Government Department of Education, Science and Training, "Between 30 June 1998 and 2 December 2002, Greenwich University (Norfolk Island) degrees were lawfully awarded under legislation approved by the Norfolk Island Government, using its powers of self-government. While the Commonwealth Minister for Territories assented to legislation, this does not mean that Greenwich University awards were ever recognised by the Federal Government of Australia."[1] It operated on Norfolk Island from 1998 to 2002.[1] In January 1999, the university requested accreditation under the Australian Qualifications Framework. In response, the Australian government set up a review committee to investigate the suitability of Greenwich University for accreditation. The committee returned recommendations that Greenwich University "not be listed on the registers of the Australian Qualifications Framework because the standard of its courses, quality assurance mechanisms and its academic leadership fail to meet the standards expected of Australian universities."[2] Before relocating to Australia in 1998, Greenwich University was based in California and Hawaii. During this period it was not accredited by an accrediting body recognised by the United States Department of Education. Greenwich University's non-residential program was reestablished in Pakistan in 2009.

Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Article comment by: Marxist.......please.

Regardless if you believe in global warming or not...shouldn't we care for the health of our planet regardless ....That's all this is about Sigfried with the green rEVOLution. Something has to change. The economy of this country is in the crapper right now because of republican supported, right wing corporate banks are controlling the global market place while not taking into the account the health of the people or places it is capitalizing on. It is all about fattening "their" pockets... ignoring the consequences. The right wing in this town and everywhere in the U.S. is being consumed by fear, no pun intended. Fear of stepping outside of the box, and looking at things with a different perspective, They just want to be right and will FIGHT for it any way they can to be right, even if its spreading lies, creating and projecting their fears, dramatizing propaganda. Life is not black and white people, RED or GREEN. It makes me sad that people are capable of making such IGNORant comments. Sigfried et al, take a chill pill, take a nap, don't be so extreme, and pray for our president before you go to bed tonight, he needs all the help he can get.

Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Article comment by: Sigfried

Thank you Professor Lovell. To the left, only their academics have credibility. The TRUTH is, GREEN is the new RED. It's about Marxisim, control of the masses by the all powerful government for for the greater good. Wake up and fight this attack on our liberty! Not on my watch! Oathkeepers.com

Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Article comment by: Name calling

Calling names is easy (and childish). Stating fact and quoting it takes skill and knowledge. Don't be a mind numb follower, do your own research.

Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

So a business instructor at a rural community college makes a "documentary" on climate change and cites as his sources a TV weatherman, a British court, and think tanks? Priceless! Classic Bagger science! And I hope to heck he paid to rent the hall. If he didn't we need to find out why not.

Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Article comment by: Scottrb

Looking at some of the "scientists" posting here only reaffirms my opinion that credentials don't directly translate to knowledge. It also reaffirms the huge size of the egos of those proponents of "Global Climate Change" (formerly "global warming"... er, "global cooling"... what ever. Your ilk predicted a new Ice Age in 1975 based on a few years of bad weather (don't say you didn't, because I witnessed it). How do you explain such a huge turn around in such a short period of time? And weren't we, based on your society's own accusation, polluting more back then? Contrary to what your liberal, NEA driven education has taught you, it's okay to make a mistake. You did. Learn from it.

Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Clearly, there are two camps noted here. One depends on the left wing blogs and web sites as well as the "declining" networks like NBC, MSNBC for ALL their information. The other group questions "everything" and researches sourses for "facts". Fact; there cannot be global warming (man caused) unless you ignore or do not see facts like ice core samples showing for thousands of years, warming occurred BEFORE CO2 raised by as much as 400 years! Also, the Comrades who buy the Al Gore program should ask themselves if there is man made global warming, why should Communist China, India and other countries be exempt from actions required for Europe and America? Additionally, why is nuclear power NOT a critical element in addressing the energy solution to lower CO2 emmissions?

Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Article comment by: MichaelS

My favorite part of this article is the comment about getting this clearly slanted (produced by three ultra-conservative think tanks) video into the classroom. These same people succeeded in keeping an inspirational message from our president as far away from our children as possible for fear of partisan brainwashing. I'm not a fan of anyone who has the Answer all worked out, especially when they call those who disagree with them mindless drones or idiots. The situation is that the existence of anthropogenic climate change is affirmed by 90 percent of the scientific community. If they're correct, and we do nothing, it's going to cost us much much more than the measures now being put forward to confront the issue. Let's cut the "I'm right, your wrong" garbage,and look at this as a cost-benefit analysis. Doing something now shows a strong likelihood of averting costly scenarios later. At the very least, maybe we, as a species, will finally start on a path of learning a little self-restraint when it comes to polluting and consuming our planet and resources.

Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Article comment by: Sheesh

Anyone who would like to see some evidence that global climate change is indeed a scientific provable fact can visit sciencedaily.com, and click on the Earth and Climate page. The site is a collection of worldwide science news from many different sources. if you would like to see actual evidence, you will find it there. If you continue to say that no evidence exists, you only embarrass yourself. A simple Google search will do the trick.

Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Article comment by:

The "supposed experts" are leading America "on the path of socialism," Hank Giesecke, a retired aerospace engineer who introduced Lovell, told the audience before the film aired. ***STOP THE SOCIALIZED CITY WATER!*** I am sick of letting LAZY PEOPLE get virtually free access to water at my expense. Privatize it and keep illegals and other lazy people from havng affordable access to water!

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Article comment by: pv cowboy

To Last Gasp... Yeah, why expose your ADULT child to someone with a different opinion than his family of origin...He might actually listen, and look at the other side...Listening to a different opinion (other than one's own) shows an open mind... Open yours...

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Article comment by: tired

The Earth is alive and goes through changes naturally. That's a fact! Remember 30 some years ago when we were scared that we would be going through a mini ice age? Wise up, Al Gore has blind sided you on his way to making millions off of hysteria!

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Article comment by: Embarrassed to be from Prescott

I don't know what is more embarrassing: the use of a public facility to spew right-wing propaganda, the Courier's biased coverage of the event, or the ignorant comments posted on this website.

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Article comment by: Last gasp

This movie is the last gasp of the right-wing nay sayers before they sink to the same status as those who believe the moon landings were faked. Down with them will go any credibility that the tea party guys may have had and now I have second thoughts about sending my kids to Yavapai College! Count up the climatologists, peer reviewed articles, and science academies worldwide that have long since accepted global warming and the CO2 connection and it is almost unanimous!

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Article comment by: Science is your friend, too

I address these remarks to select groups who attended or heard about the video presentation of last night regarding the so-called anthropogenic global warming caused by CO2: A Those who have an ability to think and understand the process we call science (truth). [A majority of attendees at the video presentation of last night] B Those with a diminished capacity to learn/political agenda to create panic. [A minority of attendees - mostly 'true believers' in the Gore lie about anthropogenic global warming (AGW) - and disruptors.] C Those who regard 'nature' as a goddess (Gaia) of some kind beset by a constant concatenation of assaults caused by man. A minority of attendees, mostly aligned with group B, above. A few truths among many that could be stated: + * If you torture data sufficiently, it will confess to almost anything. - Professor Fred Menger * + No forecasting models, however concocted, can withstand comparison with future truth. + Water vapor constitutes 60-70 percent of all 'greenhouse gases' and CO2 is less than .4 poercent. "One molecule of methane is nearly 30 times more efficient at trapping infrared radiation radiated from the Earth’s surface than a molecule of carbon dioxide." http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761578504/Greenhouse_Effect.html Our attention is misplaced on the wrong factor. + Even Al Gore, no matter how much an honored politician he may be, cannot change his past educational record of failure and inadequacy in science training. He has overreached his capacity (group C) in that regard. + Science IS truth. Truth must always be verified with facts and never honored just with a 'consensus'. + The earth has been 'attacked' by much greater assaults in the past and withstood them. Much more resilient than we mere mortals can imagine. Group A. please see the most recent of several convincing science fact-based videos: Lord Christopher Monckton (former science advisor for Lady Thatcher) remarks at Bethel University in Minnesota http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stij8sUybx0 [Be sure to see the viewgraphs offered 'on screen' at the beginning of this presentation.] “The Great Global Warming Swindle” http://www.moviesfoundonline.com/great_global_warming_swindle.php In no particular order, see the following web sites (There are hundreds more to select from if you remain in Group B or C (above): Climate Depot: http://www.climatedepot.com/a/1894/Another-Meteorologist-Dissents-Does-carbon-dioxide-drive-the-climate-The-answer-is-no Environmental Working Group [EWG for:SCIENTISTS, JOURNALISTS, POLICY MAKERS]: http://www.ewg.org/node/20445 Global Warming: An Official Pseudoscience: http://www.aetherometry.com/Electronic_Publications/Politics_of_Science/Global_Warming/gw_index.html Global Warming as Pathological Science by James Lewis: http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/11/global_warming_as_pathological.html Junk Science: http://www.junkscience.com/Greenhouse/ Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate: http://www.sepp.org/publications/NIPCC_final.pdf Schools must warn of Gore climate film bias http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-485336/Schools-warn-Gore-climate-film-bias.html

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Article comment by: TomG

You go Dr. Lovell! Nothing frightens the lunatic fringe like truth and facts and they must attack YOU personally because truth and facts are, well, truth and facts!!

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

Somebody needs to tell Ken Hedler that a movie being an "Oscar" winner actually DETRACTS from its credibility. Sheesh, what next, he'll tell us the Noble Peace Prize means something too?

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Article comment by: Coffee Sacker

Is this the Greenwich University where the esteemed Professor Lovell earned a degree? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwich_University Pretty impressive teabaggers!

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Article comment by: R

The Courier has all too often printed blogs implying that Paul Katan looks a little like Alfred E. Newman 'What Me Worry' in Mad Magazine. The picture you print of Terry Lovell can't but remind us old comic book addicts of Gyro Gearloose!

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Article comment by: Just another local yocal

Agreed with UT. Terry Lovell needs to shut up on issues he does not even have any degree or even undergraduate degree in any sciences. Stop dragging such a fine community college through the mud. If anyone is a hypocrite...it takes one to know one!!

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Article comment by: Steamroller on a cool day

Oh my goodness, will you people on the left PLEASE stop looking so frail and pathetic? NONE of you has offered a SINGLE bit of relevant information or substance. ALL you have done is to spew out your standard innuendo, insults and general name-calling. Have you people no shame whatsoever? "I.M." blubbers something about healthcare and how Alaskans are surprised about the rate of ice melt (no they're not), but provides NO data on his global warming fantasy. "Clement" tells us all about his fantasy that the globe is warming due to man, but offers NOTHING to back it up except some mention of his favorite characters, "dwarfs". "Bill" gurggles up the same nonsense without saying ANYTHING of substance. Then of course there's Cantlon, saying absolutely NOTHING, NOTHING AT ALL. You liberals should all get together and try to form at least one salient point in your anemic, rather hysterical efforts to refute Lovell. Lovell spanks all of you with one hand tied behind his back. You are the intellectual equivalent of ants next to him, who is a gigantic warehouse of knowledge (sorry, libs, I know you think that's a bad word). I mock you and your leftist perspective which will entertain NOTHING but the most radical left-wing propoganda. Just try to prove otherwise. Just try to present ANY amount of factual information...no, not the hypothetical thinking of some leftist stoodge in Belgium or something. Give if your best shot. I'm sure it won't be much at all.

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Article comment by: truth and fairness

I.M. Melting...there is good news here for you. As soon as the government begins taxing you and others for the appropriate cost of your carbon footprint, there will be plenty of money to take care of all the disadvantaged folks that you have identified!

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Article comment by: a scientist

When the polar ice is gone....when the sea level is 20 feet higher....nut cases like Lovell will still preach that global warming, i.e. glacial recession due to non-natural causes, is a myth.

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Article comment by: Green is wrong.

I challenge anyone to provide hard evidence that the scientific community as a whole have ALL agreed that global warming even exists. I'll save you some time. It doesn't exist. That's because the scientific community is NOT at a unanimous and collective point that global warming exists. Global warming hysteria targets the uninformed and naive. It is a power play to make money from suckers. Al Gore is one notch above a snake-oil salesman.

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