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The climate scaremongers: The BBC’s Rowlatt must go


I WROTE about Justin Rowlatt, the BBC’s climate editor, a couple of weeks ago. His reporting on environmental and climate matters, since he took up post two years ago, has been woefully one-sided and error-ridden.

It has been apparent for some time that his personal obsession with climate change has prevented him from reporting objectively and accurately on the subject.

However he has now crossed the line from journalism into radical activism. According to the Daily Mail:

The BBC has been accused of using the licence fee to protect environmental extremists after its climate editor tried to offer anonymity to a gang deflating tyres.

‘The Corporation found itself in hot water when Justin Rowlatt asked members of Tyre Extinguishers to star in a clip in which he would hide their identities.

‘The “trusted” journalist allegedly told the eco-thugs he would blur their faces and disguise their voices in the video for the Beeb.

‘The move was branded “outrageous” and raised “ethical questions” over supporting “unlawful radical activism that disrupts people’s lives during this cost of living crisis”.

‘The gang has sparked outrage by deflating tyres on SUVs across the country as they tried to disguise their vandalism as protests.

‘As of last week Tyre Extinguishers bragged they had deflated the wheels of nearly 2,000 cars in a month despite public fury.

‘Meanwhile questions were raised over 55-year-old Rowlatt’s suitability as climate editor after it emerged his sister was an active member of Insulate Britain and XR.’

The actions of the Tyre Extinguisher morons are certainly not newsworthy, as they have been known about for several weeks now. Instead Rowlatt seems to be more concerned about giving them publicity and glorifying their actions.

Nowhere in his reporting does there seem to be any criticism of their vandalism. Nor is there any recognition of the potentially fatal consequences. Their modus operandi is to use a lentil (it would be, wouldn’t it!) to let the tyre down slowly.  I hate to think what would happen if one of their victims broke down on a smart motorway. At the very least, their actions are potentially criminal damage.

Rowlatt’s kid glove treatment, along with his failure to notify the police of the members of Tyre Extinguishers, strongly suggest that he supports and condones their action. (Question – how did he know who to contact, given that the eco-loons are operating anonymously?)

The BBC must sack him now if they are to retain any credibility.

Boris Johnson’s renewable energy myths

There has been speculation that the government may get rid of green levies, which cost householders upwards of £400 a year. However, the PM appears to have doubled down on them. On his recent trip to India, he was asked about the speculation. He replied:

‘Overall, if you look at what we have done with renewables it has helped to reduce bills over the last few years and will continue to do so. That’s why one of the things I want to do is use this moment to really drive towards more offshore wind turbines.’

This was an astonishing reply, because the opposite is true. It would seem that he has been lied to by his energy advisers, who all appear to be paid-up members of the Green Blob.

The table below comes from the Office for Budget Responsibility. It shows that environmental levies (aka renewable subsidies) will add £9.2billion to energy bills this year. In addition a further £1.1billion will be paid out from general taxation in subsidies for renewable heating schemes.

The rise in gas prices in the last 12 months has had very little effect on the cost. In effect, we continue having to pay for these subsidies, while at the same time paying higher market prices for electricity.

Worse still, these costs are projected to increase sharply in the next four years.

In the last ten years, the OBR data shows that subsidies for renewable energy have amounted to an incredible £78billion. And this does not include the tens of billions spent on upgrading transmission networks to cope with remote wind and solar farms in recent years.

Coincidentally there are currently environmental objections to what is laughingly called the ‘East Anglia GREEN’ project, the construction of a new 400kV transmission pylon network in a wide, ugly swathe through Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The reason? According to the National Grid:

‘With the growth in new energy generation from offshore wind, nuclear power and interconnection with other countries, there will be more electricity connected in East Anglia than the network can currently accommodate.’

Guess who will end up paying for this?

For years now, UK climate and energy policy has been dictated by a small circle of green extremists. It was, you may recall, a Friends of the Earth campaigner, Bryony Worthington, now Baroness, who in effect wrote the 2008 Climate Change Act for Ed Miliband.

Policy is driven by the eco-zealots of the Committee on Climate Change, ably supported by the green cabal in the Civil Service, and cheered on by allies in the media, who regularly misinform the public.

Meanwhile politicians understand little of the detail, and simply believe everything their advisers tell them.

It will not end well.

We’re all going to drown – Part 98

Every year, as regular as clockwork, we get the latest sea level scare.

According to the Wiltshire TimesGlobal warming could lead to many areas in the South West of England being consumed by the sea before 2050.’ (I’m not sure why they are worried in Wiltshire – the last time I checked the county was miles from the sea).

They claim that ‘places such as Weston-Super-Mare, Bridgewater and Burnham-on-Sea would be under water if current trends persist. Moving slightly north, Gloucester would be another city that would be affected. The cathedral that attracts hundreds of tourists would be lost, according to a new study.’

The locations mentioned in Somerset, such as Bridgewater and Burnham, are about six to eight metres above sea level. Gloucester Cathedral is 22m above. The idea that sea levels will rise this much in less than 30 years is preposterous, even under the most extreme projections.

In the South West, seas have been steadily rising at 1.84mm a year since 1915, with no sign of acceleration – about 7 inches a century:

About half of this rise is due to the land sinking, rather than seas rising. (Ever since the ice age, the southern and eastern half of Britain has been sinking, while Scotland has been rising. This is called isostasy. As the ice age glaciers melted away in the north, the land sprang back up again. As it did so, it tilted downwards in the south – think of a see saw).

According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the most extreme projection is for about 30cm of sea level rise by mid century. None of the projections bear any relationship to what sea levels are actually doing.

So where do these ridiculous claims come from? An American outfit called Climate Central, who specialise in spreading these fake stories across local media, who are gullible enough to believe the nonsense.

Although Climate Central claim to be ‘an independent organisation of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the public’, their work over the years has been little more than propaganda.

They rely on donations for their income, but do not declare where they come from. We do know that the green blob in general, both in the US and Europe, is funded to the tune of hundreds of millions a year by far left liberal foundations, keen to reshape society.

But whoever is funding Climate Central, they are evidently not paying for factual science.

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Paul Homewood
Paul Homewood
Paul Homewood is a former accountant who blogs about climate change at Not a Lot of People Know That

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