The issue of man-made global warming could have been designed for the BBC. On the one side are the industrialists, the businessmen, the giant corporations and the bankers (or at least those who are not receiving generous grants, subsidies and contracts from their government for climate-related projects such as wind farms or electric cars), on the other the environmentalists, the opponents of commercial expansion and industrial growth.
Guessing which side the BBC will be on is a no-brainer, but no one has documented it in such meticulous detail as Christopher Booker. His case is unanswerable. The costs to Britain of trying to combat global warming are horrifying, and the BBC’s role in promoting the alarmist cause is, quite simply, shameful. — Sir Antony Jay, December 2011
On Thursday, he said that when he was there, BBC people tended to be anti-industry and saw private profit as distasteful. Many were anti-monarchy and were suspicious of the Army. He said: ‘What I have noticed is that it comes down to values, and the hardest thing to change in an organisation is its values. ‘And these values are behind the BBC’s view on global warming, which is everything the BBC didn’t like – it was about industry, profit, big corporations and that sort of thing.’ Sir Antony said the BBC would not be as large as it is if the broadcasting landscape had been designed now, rather than in the 1920s. —DANIEL MARTIN, Daily Mail
The BBC should have challenged the views of climate sceptic Lord Lawson in an interview in August, the complaints unit for the corporation has ruled. The ex-chancellor claimed in an interview with the Today programme that “official figures” showed average world temperatures had “slightly declined”. This view, shown to be false by the Met Office, was not challenged on air. —BBC News, 25 October 2017
The BBC was accused of being a ‘left-wing mouthpiece’ today after it issued a grovelling apology for failing to challenge Lord Lawson over a claim temperatures have not risen over the last 10 years. Furious MPs said the decision to single out the peer showed the corporation had given up any ‘pretence’ of impartiality. Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North West Leicestershire told MailOnline: ‘If the BBC had to apologise for every inaccuracy a Labour politician made on air they would never be able to have a Labour politician on. —James Tapsfield, Mail Online, 25 October 2017
With weary inevitability, the BBC has decided that it is going to issue an apology after a sceptic – Nigel Lawson in this case – was allowed a rare opportunity to state their case on the airwaves. This is starting to be something of a ritual for the corporation. If the BBC’s standard is that “contestable claims must be challenged” then this is a standard honoured more in the breach than the observance. Which is why it’s really just a charade. Underneath it all, it’s just the BBC caving into a very aggressive and very vocal green lobby. The BBC didn’t apologise for allowing Al Gore to utter his wild claims about the climate in the same Today programme segment and they never challenge the absurd statements greens make about fracking (indeed BBC journalists were at the forefront of disseminating them). In some ways, I simply don’t care about the BBC’s behaviour any longer. The majority of people within the corporation look as though they are card-carrying members of the green movement and will attack anyone or anything that stands in the way of the environmental agenda. So long as people know this, they will increasingly shun and ignore it. –Andrew Montford, GWPF Opinion, 25 October 2017
During the first 10 months of 2017, 400 scientific papers have been published that cast doubt on the position that anthropogenic CO2 emissions function as the climate’s fundamental control knob…or that otherwise question the efficacy of climate models or the related “consensus” positions commonly endorsed by policymakers and mainstream media. —Kenneth Richard, No Tricks Zone, 23 October 2017
Oil usage in the region will expand to around 6.6 million barrels per day (BPD) by 2040 from 4.7 million BPD now, with the number of road vehicles increasing by two-thirds to around 62 million, the agency said in a report. It did not make any forecasts beyond 2040. Coal alone will account for almost 40 percent of the growth while renewables will quadruple by 2040 to become the second largest source of electricity after coal, overtaking gas, IEA forecasts showed. —Reuters, 25 October 2017
The government has been accused of underestimating the subsidy costs for wind energy in the recent Contracts for Difference (CfD) by almost 50 percent. —Utility Week, 24 October 2015
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