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January 26, 2021

By Paul Homewood


In a twitter thread about the proposed Cumbrian coal mine, it is reassuring that Roger Harrabin looks to his buddies at Greenpeace, rather than authoritative sources!



  1. Joe Public permalink
    January 26, 2021 7:05 pm

    Of course “… neither steelmaker in the UK has committed to purchasing it …”

    Due to the fact there’ll be price negotiations, and no sensible buyer reveals their hand so early in the game.

    Greenpeace draws the wrong conclusion.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      January 26, 2021 9:04 pm

      “Greenpeace draws the wrong conclusion.”
      And in other news, JP, Pope Catholic; Bears Sh1t in Woods,etc., etc.

      Whenever did they not??

  2. Christopher Hall permalink
    January 26, 2021 7:15 pm

    Of course ‘orrible ‘arrabin in so well placed to be an energy analyst what with his rigorous scientific training based on an English degree.

  3. mjr permalink
    January 26, 2021 8:38 pm

    subsequent tweet on that thread from West Cumbria Mines

    Hi Roger
    Will you be calling west Cumbria coal mine company ,

    for ‘balance’ or just be believing what ever Greenpeace tell you..

    pack of lies, or just wrong..

    because. ‘activists’.


  4. Gamecock permalink
    January 26, 2021 8:40 pm

    Greenpeace has him on speed dial?

    Batphone ring down circuit?

    • Mack permalink
      January 26, 2021 10:29 pm

      With 500 ‘real’ jobs created on site, plus many more from sub contractors in the local community (as opposed to off shoring jobs as happens with most ‘green’ projects in the U.K.), mining @ 3 million tons of coking coal per year on a seam with hundreds of millions of deposits, what’s not to like? Even if 80% of the end product is exported (due to a lack of UK markets) it’s a win win for the company, Cumbria and the U.K. economy. As for the environmental impact, the company had to jump through so many hoops in order to secure planning consent you can be assured that the end product is as close to pure driven snow as is possible with a coal mine!

  5. January 26, 2021 9:05 pm

    This reveals the modus operandi of a BBC employee using their position to influence local and government policies whilst receiving a salary funded by the licence fee payer? The cannot be acceptable.

    • January 27, 2021 8:03 am

      Gosh, a BBC ‘journalist’ acting as if he is owed a living by taxpayers. Whatever next, pumping out scientifically illiterate, one-sided views without any consideration of balance? If Harrabin is an Energy Analyst, is that because he was incompetent as a Climate Change expert? He reminds me of the old definition of an expert – ex is a has been and a spert is a drip under pressure.

  6. Joe Public permalink
    January 26, 2021 9:17 pm

    Heck, it was only 3 days ago I posted this on your “What Controversy, Mr Harrabin?” piece:

  7. paul weldon permalink
    January 26, 2021 10:00 pm

    Greenpeace should do their homework- the only coal allowed to be ‘produced’ is metallurgical grade, any excess sulphur being removed before sale.

  8. January 26, 2021 11:29 pm

    Why do they not come out with the TRUTH, Greenpeace and associates wish to return the UK to an agrarian society, living a subsistence existence, with zero emissions, reduced life span and poverty- they actually believe that if we reduce ourselves to this ( remember this will equal no continuous power supply so you can forget 24/7 medical support) the Rest of the World will be impressed and fall in line. Welcome to the land of Unicorns.

    • Robert Christopher permalink
      January 27, 2021 12:40 am

      ‘… no continuous power supply …’ will mean no reliable TV or Internet!!! Not only is power needed in the home, it’s needed along every part of the operation to work, consistently.

      Without reliable power, even cooking a chicken will be taking a risk as undercooked meat is a danger to health. But then, there will be less meat around! To be consumed by the few who have a reliable energy supply. QED.

      • bobn permalink
        January 27, 2021 1:33 am

        Yes. I use a wood fired stove now (also heats half the house), its future tech for when the power cuts set in. i’m glad they’re planting lots of new trees to give me a future fuel supply. Must sharpen my chainsaw.

  9. Peter permalink
    January 27, 2021 12:45 am

    It seems that not many people are taking the Twitter feed of Greenpeace in the UK seriously. They have more than 200,000 followers, but the number of likes, retweets and comments is well below 100 per tweet.

    At least half of the comments are calling BS on the Greenpeace tweet.

    • bobn permalink
      January 27, 2021 1:31 am

      Most intelligent people dont go on twatter. I never will.

      • REM permalink
        January 27, 2021 5:37 am

        But those who are on it believe they are!

      • Ben Vorlich permalink
        January 27, 2021 9:41 am

        I have a twitter account, specifically to follow a couple St Johnstone related Twitterers and traffic information. In the days before the government took away all our rights on travel, meeting, shopping and holidays it was the only way to know what was happening on Eurotunnel and operation Stack

  10. January 27, 2021 7:00 am

    Horrorbin’s latest article on the Environment Bill only has quotes from the ultra-green RSPB (now run by Beccy Speight, ex-NT and ex-Woodland Trust) and from the Wildlife Trust (now run by Craig Bennettt, ex-FoE). Geenpeace must have been unavailable for comment. These ultra-greens move seamlessly from one green non-job to another green non-job.

    • tom0mason permalink
      January 27, 2021 1:31 pm

      RSPB or RSPWT (Royal Society for the Protection of Wind Turbines) ?

      • mjr permalink
        January 27, 2021 9:45 pm

        the latter.. they dont seem concerned about birds being mangled by turbines .. which does seem odd as they are supposed to be protecting birds.

  11. January 27, 2021 8:07 am

    Where do I know Mhehed Zherting from? Can’t remember but that picture rings a bell.

  12. Wellers permalink
    January 27, 2021 8:08 am

    The BBC are soliciting the public’s opinion of the Corporation:

    If you’d like to have a say, please take part in our survey about the BBC. It should take no longer than 5 minutes. We’ll use this feedback, alongside your online BBC activity to understand how we can improve the BBC’s products and services.

    Simply visit or click the ‘Take Part’ link below.

    I let them have both barrels. Harrabin is prime example of the corruption that permeates the organisation, with his total disregard for the BBC charter.

    PS on last night’s BBC program about Helvellyn, Professor Carr of Cumbria University claimed that man made climate change started in the Lake District a thousand years ago. “But for man’s influence there would be glaciers in these valleys” he claimed. Totally potty – talk about a flat earther!

  13. William Birch permalink
    January 27, 2021 10:05 am

    Can anybody come up with what the BBC pay Harrabin out of our licence fees?

    • mjr permalink
      January 27, 2021 10:03 pm

      the 2019/20 report lists all those employees earning more than £150000, and he is not on that list. so it is below that amount and unfortunately it will be secret .

      Click to access 2019-20.pdf

  14. January 27, 2021 10:54 am

    Perhaps harrabin thinks steel grows on trees (like spagetti does)!

  15. Vernon E permalink
    January 27, 2021 11:06 am

    Moving on. Today the BBC and DT announce enthusiastically that the “largest ever poll of public opinion” has found that 81% of people of all age groups regard the situation as a “climate emergency” and the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (seriously) says that this shows that “ministers have a social licence to enact…..etc.” Before we know it this result will be cast in stone like the “97% of scientists believe….” What the Beeb doesn’t tell us is that the poll was conducted by mobile telephone app and is therefore unrepresentative and worthless. Looking forward to Paul’s reaction to it. Meanwhile Davos is here and the same junk is being spouted all over the air waves.

    • Penda100 permalink
      January 27, 2021 11:38 am

      Or shows how effective the brainwashing and resulting Groupthink has become.

      • January 27, 2021 12:04 pm

        It was always thus. Joseph Goebbels had it nailed: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
        Ring any bells for climate change and Covid hysteria?

      • John Peter permalink
        January 27, 2021 1:28 pm

        For the Germans, believing Goebbles for too long meant ruin and devastation. We are heading in the same direction. No need for bombs and bullets this time. I was brought up to believe in value creation as the foundaton for a healthy society. For some reason there is little talk about growing the economy and sharing the gains.

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