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What Does Harrabin Know About Impartiality

March 6, 2021

By Paul Homewood


h/t Joe Public:



Pots and Kettles?




This from Roger Harrabin, whose idea of impartiality is to ask Greenpeace!


And his latest piece sums up just how biased he is:


The government has been hit by a double whammy of reports from MPs criticising its performance on climate change.

The influential Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says ministers have "no plan" to meet climate change targets, two years after setting them in law.

And the business committee says the vital UN climate conference scheduled for Glasgow in November will fail unless its goals are made clear.

The government says both reports are inaccurate and unfair.

The PAC’s report says ministers still don’t have a coordinated strategy to realise the goal of removing almost all the carbon emissions from Britain by 2050. 


As well as giving the chairman of the PAC, Labour MP Meg Hillier, space for a long anti govt rant, there is also a long critical comment by his ex BBC buddy, Richard Black, of the left wing ECIU, the body financed by left wing foundations to promote alarmism and misinform the public.

There is also space given to Nick Mabey, another alarmist. In contrast, the government is allowed just two sentences, which state the unalterable truth, that the UK is world leading in reducing emissions. As Harrabin’s tweet above proves, he is dismissive of this fact.

If Harrabin is truly interested in impartiality, he could start by reporting on yesterday’s news that Net Zero will cost Britain £1.3 trillion. Try as I might to find it, there appears to be no mention of this rather important fact anywhere on the BBC.

He could also give us an analysis of how poorly other countries are doing in cutting emissions, or that China’s new 5-Year Plan will actually lead to another rise in emissions.

Or maybe he could explain to the PAC that it is impossible, and absurd, to set a plan now for what we should be doing in 2050, because technology changes all the time. That is why the Committee on Climate Change sets 5-year carbon budgets, with the latest recently published for 2033-37.

The UK is already well on course to meet this budget, something Harrabin forgot to mention.

As we have long known, Harrabin does not care about the truth, and has two prime objectives instead:

1) To attack the government at every opportunity.

2) To do all he can to force the UK down the path of a suicidal Net Zero policy as quickly as possible, regardless of the cost to the public.

  1. terryfwall permalink
    March 6, 2021 6:05 pm

    And if he truly wanted to promote impartiality he could watch this recent knowledgeable lecture on the subject (pity all the delegates to the upcoming conference will not have been required to view it).

    • A man of no rank permalink
      March 7, 2021 8:28 pm

      Enjoyed Dr. Happer’s lecture. At 29 minutes he shows why increasing CO2 levels will not increase temperatures. This was exactly what the CO2 expert David Coe told us on Jan 17th (CO2 the miracle molecule). Wonder if Greta, or her followers, would care to challenge this
      particular point?

  2. markl permalink
    March 6, 2021 6:35 pm

    Doug Parr’s response is right on.

  3. Mack permalink
    March 6, 2021 9:32 pm

    “To be or not to be impartial?” That is the question that Harrabin wrestles with everyday he puts pen to paper. In line with all BBC puff pieces on climate change, he’s always consistent: 100% partial.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      March 7, 2021 11:28 am

      I very much doubt that he does. He just thinks ‘how do I write this to promote global warming?’

  4. Ben Vorlich permalink
    March 6, 2021 9:52 pm

    I don’t suppose he’ll mention this

    Wind turbine blades spinning through cold, wet conditions can collect ice nearly a foot thick on the yard-wide tips of their blades.

    That disrupts blade aerodynamics. That disrupts the balance of the entire turbine. And that can disrupt energy production by up to 80 percent, according to a recently published field study led by Hui Hu, Iowa State University’s Martin C. Jischke Professor in Aerospace Engineering and director of the university’s Aircraft Icing Physics and Anti-/De-icing Technology Laboratory.

    • Mack permalink
      March 6, 2021 10:39 pm

      Your right Ben. He won’t. Any report critical of renewables goes in to the ‘does not compute’ inbox. I understand it’s full to bursting!

  5. Coeur de Lion permalink
    March 6, 2021 10:30 pm

    April 2016 was the date of Harrabin’s illegal conspiracy with BBC high ups and Greenpeace conspiring to deny deniers airtime. Read Montford’s The Propaganda Bureau for the whole sordid story including paying barristers to fend off FOI requests.

  6. Devoncamel permalink
    March 6, 2021 11:02 pm

    Best policy surely is to stop engagement with Harrabin.

    • 1saveenergy permalink
      March 7, 2021 1:20 am

      But Harrabin gets a free pass from the BBC to say anything he wants without fear of contradiction ( & we have to pay for the privilege !!! ) he needs to be called out at every opportunity, but not here, we must do it in the MSM.

  7. cookers52 permalink
    March 7, 2021 5:12 am

    In July 2019 the UK Parliament declared a climate emergency, whatever that means.

    I wrote to my MP and asked what had he voted for, still waiting for a reply.

    Most things in life don’t matter, and some things don’t matter at all.

  8. Phoenix44 permalink
    March 7, 2021 9:30 am

    To be impartial journalists should be reporting people who criticise government policy for doing too much, not just too little.

    But Harrabin doesn’t recognise that as a valid view so ignores it. As far as he’s concerned the only question is “should we be doing more?”

  9. dennisambler permalink
    March 7, 2021 10:39 am

    Nick Mabey:

    London Sustainable Development Commissioner, Friend of COP 26, member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Energy Transition.

    Previously a senior advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit leading work on climate change, countries at risk of instability and organised crime. He was seconded to help establish the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Environment Policy Department and climate diplomacy network in 1999.

    Nick was Head of Economics and Development at WWF-UK following research at London Business School on the macroeconomics of climate change which was published as “Argument in the Greenhouse”.

  10. dennisambler permalink
    March 7, 2021 10:43 am

    Interesting article in The Australian, on UK Grid supply via Stopthesethings:

  11. March 7, 2021 10:58 am

    Easy answer, ignore any climate change nonsense, It will do just as it pleases!

  12. March 7, 2021 12:14 pm

    25 of these conferences to date and another one due soon – all a complete waste of time, money (who pays?) and energy. Telling us not to fly while thousands of delegates have done just that. Love to know the total carbon footprint. Surely Harrabin must be very concerned? Why is he not protesting?

  13. Stonyground permalink
    March 7, 2021 12:25 pm

    “The Government has no climate change plan.”

    If only this were true. I would prefer the government not to have a plan. The insane electric car nonsense is definitely something we could do without.

  14. Gamecock permalink
    March 7, 2021 1:08 pm

    ‘And the business committee says the vital UN climate conference scheduled for Glasgow in November will fail unless its goals are made clear.’

    Vital? After 25 global meetings, the goals aren’t clear?

    ‘will fail unless’

    No, it will fail.

    “COP26 (the vital climate conference in Glasgow in November) is a few months away. The eyes of the world, its scientists and policymakers are on the UK – big promises full of fine words won’t stand up.”

    I think we have the Conference epilogue. They can print this on the last page of the official program.

    After 25 times, we see they are “expecting a different result.”

    Additionally, I think it truly odd that the Brit government takes some kind of ownership of this global meeting. If it succeeds, whatever that means, or fails, it has double-ought nothing to do with Britain. Records set at the 2012 London Olympics do not reflect on the UK. London just hosted the party.

  15. mjr permalink
    March 7, 2021 6:40 pm

    Just been watching Countryfile. “climate change” referenced at every opportunity. Worst was a piece about adding a new GCSE in nature & conservation etc. Usual impartiality showing kids on XR protests and speaking to activists and again referencing climate change as much as possible.

    • mjr permalink
      March 7, 2021 8:01 pm

      and then Attenboroughs Life in colour ends up with a piece on coral bleaching due to warming seas. and global warming . “almost half the corals on the Barrier reef have died in the last 15 years” .. I thought this has already been exposed as over dramatisation

      • Gamecock permalink
        March 8, 2021 12:27 pm

        I suspect 100% of corals have died in the last 15 years. I don’t think the little boogers live very long.

  16. Jack Broughton permalink
    March 8, 2021 11:43 am

    Horrorbin was on the radio this morning looking forward to John Kerry’s visit today and pushing the climate to the top of the list. OMG, LOL…..

  17. tomo permalink
    March 8, 2021 1:07 pm

    To answer the question in the title one has to assume that Mr. Harrabin knows what impartiality is….

    It’s been a few years since 28Gate and the evidence is that he really is so far up himself that he’s still really rather thin skinned about challenges 🙂

    – so NO, like interfering zealots forever – doubt is dealt with by ever shriller / devious antics…

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