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David Keighley: Worldwide climate change zealots threaten millions of lives. But you won’t hear that on the BBC


The main point of this prime piece of biased reporting  was that at this week’s Paris climate talks, there are hopes of a ‘deal’ – for the West to pay the developing world £100bn a year in perpetuity because of its alleged role in triggering rising temperatures.

Climate alarm reporter Matt McGrath, together with the BBC news machine, are clearly rooting for this outcome. The story contained not a breath of a suggestion of opposition.

The BBC’s coverage of climate issues has, of course, been totally and formally biased since 2006, when it held a meeting of around 30 alarmist activists who told the news department that there could be no doubt that the science is totally settled and incontrovertible; that those who disagreed were deluded right-wing bigots in the pockets of big oil.

That approach was confirmed in 2010/11 when the Trustees appointed, as part of a so-called impartiality review, another climate alarmist – actually a geologist – to write a report about the BBC’s science coverage. Very predictably, he concluded that ‘deniers’ were getting far too much airtime, by which he meant that once in a blue moon, someone from their ranks was asked to make a comment about the relentless tide of alarmist propaganda.

On one of the few occasions that a ‘denier’ has since appeared on the Today programme – Nigel Lawson, who outlined the real cause of the winter 2014 Somerset floods – it triggered a major BBC internal inquiry and a subsequent declaration that such views would in future only very rarely ever be allowed to sully the BBC airwaves.

The real scandal is that the Government’s bigoted, zealous pursuit of climate alarmist objectives under the 2008 Climate Change Act is leading to massive negative consequences in Britain and throughout the world – but you won’t hear about any of them on the BBC because they do not fit with the alarmist propaganda drive.

Matt McGrath and the army of BBC climate zealots such as Roger Harrabin and David Shukman, should be reporting, but are not:

POWER CUTS: Britain, for the first time since Edward Heath, is facing the real prospect of national energy black-outs. This is because the UK’s coal-fired power stations – regarded here as ‘dirty’, but being built in Germany, China and India at the rate of at least two a week because they provide cheap energy – are being closed down because of EU diktats. The irony is that if the lights do stay on it will only be because massive numbers of diesel generators have been surreptitiously put in place as back-up. When they are used, it will be at a rate of up to 50 times the normal National Grid tariff – and the firms who will benefit most are energy companies, which are already growing fat on lavish public subsidies for ‘renewables’.

INDUSTRY MELTDOWN: This Conservative Government is presiding over, and not lifting a finger to stop, a major and highly alarming new twist in the industrial decline of Britain. Because George Osborne introduced in 2011 a ‘carbon’ market, energy costs to industry have soared. As a result, since the general election, some of the last deep coal mines in Yorkshire have been shut, the UK’s main aluminium-smelting plant has gone, the Redcar steel plant has been closed down for good (ending 150 years of steel-making in the area) and now a further 4,500 jobs in steel manufacturing are under threat in Scunthorpe. Opponents of the Climate Change Act warned that this would be an inevitable consequence of such lunatic legislation and what we are now witnessing is a slow-motion car crash at the heart of the British economy that will seriously impact future levels of national prosperity. It’s tough enough already to compete on the international stage. We have now been forced to do so with hands tied behind our backs.

THOUSANDS DEAD IN THE UK: The biggest climate-related killer is the cold. Before the Industrial Revolution and the advent of cheap power, people died by the thousands every winter because of it. The green-freak impact on the energy industry is so complex that it is almost impossible to unpick the extent to which subsidies have distorted the market. What is certain, however, is that the Government’s energy policies – and its obscene emphasis on ‘renewables’ have jacked up energy prices so that for the most vulnerable adequate heating is not affordable. It’s widely known that up to 40,000 deaths a year among the old are directly attributable to the cold. But insanely, the emphasis of BBC reporting is that energy costs must be driven upwards in order to reach green objectives.

…AND MILLIONS MORE OVERSEAS: In India, 300 million people are still without electricity. In Africa, there are tens of millions more. Because of this, countless numbers die each year through inhalation of wood and dung-smoke that is used to generate heat for cooking. All the so-called aid agencies – led by the constant propaganda on the BBC about the dangers of ‘carbon’ – are focusing their efforts on providing these desperate people with ‘renewables’. In doing so, they are, in effect, condemning millions to death. What is needed is cheap, reliable power generated by coal-burning. ‘Renewables’; are incapable of providing electricity on the scale required. The India government thinks the views of Greenpeace are so dangerous to the nation’s well-being that they have been banned.

Under those four headings are the real economic and environmental challenges facing Britain and the world. But you won’t hear about them on the BBC. For them, the science is settled.

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David Keighley
David Keighley
Former BBC news producer, BBC PR executive and head of corporate relations for TV-am. Director of News-watch.

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