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Harrabin Promotes Left Wing Climate Clap Trap

April 13, 2021

By Paul Homewood

h/t Jonathan Scott

Harrabin’s persistent and blatant, one sided propaganda is becoming a scandal:


The world’s wealthy must radically change their lifestyles to tackle climate change, a report says.

It says the world’s wealthiest 1% produce double the combined carbon emissions of the poorest 50%, according to the UN.

The wealthiest 5% alone – the so-called “polluter elite” – contributed 37% of emissions growth between 1990 and 2015.

The authors want to deter SUV drivers and frequent fliers – and persuade the wealthy to insulate their homes well.

The report urges the UK government to reverse its decision to scrap air passenger duty on UK return flights.

And it wants ministers to re-instate the Green Homes Grant scheme they also scrapped recently.

The document has come from the UK-based Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Behaviour Change.

It’s a panel of 31 individuals who study people’s behaviour relating to the environment. They were tasked to find the most effective way of scaling up action to tackle carbon emissions.

Their critics say the best way to cut emissions faster is through technological improvements – not through measures that would prove unpopular.

But the lead author of the report, Prof Peter Newell, from Sussex University, told BBC News: “We are totally in favour of technology improvements and more efficient products – but it’s clear that more drastic action is needed because emissions keep going up.

“We have got to cut over-consumption and the best place to start is over-consumption among the polluting elites who contribute by far more than their share of carbon emissions.

“These are people who fly most, drive the biggest cars most and live in the biggest homes which they can easily afford to heat, so they tend not to worry if they’re well insulated or not.

“They’re also the sort of people who could really afford good insulation and solar panels if they wanted to.”

Harrabin would like you to think the Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Behaviour Change is an official body. It is not. It is run by a self appointed clown called Peter Newell, whose only qualification is a Phd in Philosophy.

And the clown cannot even get his facts right. He states:

The wealthiest 5% alone – the so-called “polluter elite” – contributed 37% of emissions growth between 1990 and 2015.

Between 1990 and 2015, annual emissions rose by 11451 Mt CO2. Asia, Africa and Latin America accounted for all of this, increasing by 11757 Mt. Emissions fell by 1072 Mt in the US and Europe:



BP Energy Review 2020

He talks about the wealthiest 5%, as if they are all billionaires. In fact, it equates to about 395 million people, the equivalent of nearly half the population of the US and Europe. In other words it is not Bill Gates he is talking of, but you and me.

He also rants about the 1%, but their emissions are tiny in relation to the West as a whole. It is simply rabid left wing politicking. You might just as well say that Europe produces three times the emissions of Africa. To put this claim into context, UK emissions are dominated by power, residential, industry and transport. Does Mr Newell seriously expect us to believe that Britain’s 1% are responsible for the bulk of transport emissions? Or residential heating? Or do they use most of the electricity generated? Or buy most industrial produce?


No doubt his panel of 31 cronies is just as left wing as he is.

So why does Harrabin think this has the slightest relevance?

  1. Ken Pollock permalink
    April 13, 2021 7:04 pm

    Paul, please make this the subject of an official complaint, along with the first instalment of the Greta Thunberg trilogy and the Ade trilogy on Sunday night. Almost unwatchable and so full of false statements, they have destroyed any belief we may have had in the BBC’s competence in this area. I despair – and I speak as a BBC pensioner!

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      April 13, 2021 8:35 pm

      You can show your opinion by not watching. I don’t watch anything that the trailer indicates as being climate alarmist. I switch off at the first mention of climate change in any programme on any channel. I only watch a bit of a lot of programmes these days.

      • Tonyb permalink
        April 13, 2021 9:02 pm


        The problem is that most people will keep watching and unless you push back the BBC version of events becomes accepted.

        That Gretas nonsense was almost unwatchable I will grant you. How such an uncharismatic, boring, and self obviously rather ignorant and narrow minded individual can captivate millions, including our own govt, perhaps shows the power of religious fervour and celebrity

      • April 14, 2021 7:31 am

        Tony B,

        it is not so much a reflection on Ms Thunberg but on the stupidity and lack of perspective held by those in power who invited her to speak at the U.N. and elsewhere.
        There is a lot more behind all this than is obvious?

      • europeanonion permalink
        April 14, 2021 8:45 am

        I agree with TonyB. If the BBC can poison the environment of climate with glib melodrama, imagine what their emissaries are achieving elsewhere. This is not my idea of impartiality.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      April 13, 2021 8:37 pm

      BBC and their eco-nerds just know there is a Maunder-type minimum coming; it may even have started to show this Spring – and ‘they’ know it. That’s why they need to double sow on the climate scare ‘cos in the next the years people are going to wonder what they’re talking about as they freeze on the Summer Hols. It must be scaring the hell out of them.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        April 13, 2021 8:38 pm


    • April 13, 2021 10:48 pm

      Write an email that’ll show hm
      FFS Ken the BBC is the school bully that everyday steals your lunch money and spits in your face.
      What to do about it ? write a letter
      What to do ?
      Dunno, Obviously don’t be as bad as them
      Bide your time is one thing
      One thing is if they waste my time, my recycling probably doesn’t get done that day.

      • April 13, 2021 10:54 pm

        If BBC climate cult insult you
        then reward yourself by eating more meat
        taking more flights etc.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      April 14, 2021 11:45 am

      Unfortunately I have also seen this reported in the Mail, so it is not just a Guardian/BBC thing.

    • 2hmp permalink
      April 14, 2021 9:37 pm

      With a state organisation not subject to the market it is pointless to withhold purchases as they are not subject to its disciplines. If it were, then the BBC would have changed its stance years ago.

  2. Barrie Emmett permalink
    April 13, 2021 7:31 pm

    Unfortunately Harrabin and his green, woke cronies fail to understand that the people they scorn are the wealth creators of this world. Without them and their industries where would we find the money to fund the BBC and the idiots they employ.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      April 13, 2021 8:44 pm

      Personally, as I don’t give a fig about the so-called ‘climate emergency’, I also don’t give a fig about the rich and powerful filling our skies with their air-miles. They can spend as much money and air-miles as they want. It all goes to help reduce the costs for the hoi-polloi who want cheap flights.
      Demonising the rich is a pretty standard way for the left to get the proles on-side and sgn-up to their agenda. Who are the bigger suckers?

  3. Joe Public permalink
    April 13, 2021 7:39 pm

    Harrabin forgets it’s also wealthy corporations who fly out employees to create stories to suit their agenda.

  4. April 13, 2021 7:57 pm

    No mention of Kerry and all his family flights. They are still expecting 30,000 to fly into Glasgow for COP26 – no mention of that either.

  5. Mack permalink
    April 13, 2021 8:10 pm

    I love that BP Energy Review bar graph you’ve posted of (anthropogenic) carbon dioxide emissions. If you had a few extra bars available for emissions by termites, phytoplankton and flora and fauna I think you’d need a telescope to see the top of them in comparison to man’s teeny weeny efforts in comparison. Hey ho, man’s emissions bad, Mother Nature’s good!

  6. Broadlands permalink
    April 13, 2021 8:11 pm

    “These are people who fly most, drive the biggest cars most and live in the biggest homes which they can easily afford to heat, so they tend not to worry if they’re well insulated or not.” Yes, John Kerry, Al Gore, all attendees at climate conferences, and most politicians of all stripes. Clap trap it is.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      April 13, 2021 8:47 pm

      But, it doesn’t really matter, does it, BL? Otherwise you’d be showing your concern about AGWCC.

  7. Jackington permalink
    April 13, 2021 8:15 pm

    It’s clear that the subject of climate change/global warming no longer has anything to do with actual science but everything to do with politics so move along nothing to see here.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      April 14, 2021 3:30 pm

      It was never about science in the beginning, merely the best way to work towards a world (socialist) government by claiming it as the solution to a ‘global problem’. That is why no matter how many times we shoot them down with science the scam keeps on going.

  8. April 13, 2021 8:38 pm

    If they want everyone to live like the poorest people of the world, why don’t they come out and say so?

    The rich are powerful and won’t accede to demands like this. They’ll just move to a more comfortable jurisdiction if it comes to that. Our lords and masters will have to cramp the lifestyles of normal people instead.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      April 13, 2021 8:50 pm

      Hah!! They don’t want ‘everyone’ to live like the poorest in the world.
      But as I have commented earlier, it doesn’t matter. If you don’t agree with AGW/CC you will not give a tinker’s cuss about rich people’s travel habits.

  9. David permalink
    April 13, 2021 8:50 pm

    I think we the public are being taken for fools all the time. Slightly off the climate change topic but did any one else notice the “selfie” taken of the latest Mars stunt. There is no visible support for the camera for this very high definition picture of the supposed Rover .We will no doubt get high definition video of the helicopter flight soon. All filmed no doubt in Area 51!

  10. Don B permalink
    April 13, 2021 8:51 pm

    This chart illustrates that virtually all of the increase of global emissions in the last 15 years or so came from China, India and other Asian nations.

  11. JimW permalink
    April 13, 2021 9:17 pm

    Agree with everything you say. But it would be nice if Deben was made to pay say 90% of the costs he inflicted, no?

  12. Penda100 permalink
    April 13, 2021 9:26 pm

    So a self-appointed group of left wing “thinkers” produce a garbage report that the BBC presents as the Truth – when even the least bit of research or common sense critique would blow it out of the water. The BBC just gets worse.

  13. Coeur de Lion permalink
    April 13, 2021 9:45 pm

    I will complain on a generality basis but yet again with a criticism of Harrabin and his effect on the reputation of the BBC.

  14. MrGrimNasty permalink
    April 13, 2021 9:47 pm

    BBC reports on evil shipping sulphur cloud from Suez blockage.

    Etna this month, not even full on erupting.

    I’m not entirely sure of the scale meaning on the BBC image, but assuming 0.0025 is the highest reading, not increment of each colour, ETNA concentration is 12 times higher.

    Another example of how the significance and harm of man-made pollution is exaggerated for political manipulation.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      April 14, 2021 12:26 pm

      Things that are immediately odd about the claim:

      Why is there no great sulphur cloud at the Southern end of the canal, where anchored ships stretched half way down to Sharm el Sheikh?

      Why is there no sign of higher sulphur over the Northern anchorage, which is NW of Port Said, not NE where the cloud is?

      Why should ships at anchor using the low sulphur fuels that are now mandatory produce much sulphur at all when they are only running limited generators to keep the ship systems powered? Many of them have separate diesel generators for such use that have very low sulphur content fuel.

      It looks like a load of b*ll*cks.

      Meanwhile there is no explanation offered for the sulphur over the Cairo area. My bet is they are burning sulphurous fuels in some of the power stations. I know that several Egyptian crude oils are very high in sulphur and dissolved hydrogen sulphide. Speaking of which, a much more likely candidate would be some emergency flaring e.g. from this

  15. April 13, 2021 10:09 pm

    ‘the UK-based Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Behaviour Change’

    The what?? 🙄

    • Thomas Carr permalink
      April 13, 2021 11:38 pm

      Commission? Commissioned by whom and comprised of 31 with what qualifications and tasked by whom? Even the clumsy and convoluted name suggests yet another addition to the congregation of those who have determined the outcome and now seek the best route to it.

  16. April 13, 2021 10:58 pm

    Hey don’t knock it. Forcing wealthy green-progressives and Canary Wharf CEOs to ditch plane flights for Zoom would be delicious. They’d suffer terrible withdrawal symptoms!

    On the other hand there are some fringe benefits with Zoom, like the poor Eurocrats who had to talk with Doom Pixie and her colleagues.

    EU torn apart as Greta Thunberg dismantles bloc for turning blind eye to science (Express, 13 Apr)

    A Zoom meeting with her would be pretty hard to get through but think of how ghastly it would be to sit in a room with her haranging you for hours?

  17. April 13, 2021 11:19 pm

    Suspended Labour MP Claudia Webbe should’ve had her harassment trial in April
    but she claimed her barrister is ill and got the date put back to September

    • Curious George permalink
      April 14, 2021 2:51 am

      Would that include Claudia Webbe MP?

  18. Gamecock permalink
    April 13, 2021 11:51 pm

    “These are people who fly most, drive the biggest cars most and live in the biggest homes which they can easily afford to heat, so they tend not to worry if they’re well insulated or not.”

    Round ’em up, kill ’em, and take their stuff.

    In a month, most everyone will be broke.

    Those who aren’t, kill ’em and take their stuff.

    The anti-wealth crowd doesn’t understand that it is wealth that keeps them alive. Other people’s wealth benefits them, as well as those with wealth.

    • Douglas Dragonfly permalink
      April 14, 2021 12:32 am

      Why doesn’t Harrabin have a pop at wars and war games ?
      Don’t they pollute ?
      Oh of course – I know.
      It’s not in the script !

    • April 14, 2021 6:43 am

      The anti-wealth crowd should have the following formula fixed to their bodies and forced to read it every day until they understand it:
      10 men in a bar decide to settle their £100 weekly beer bill in roughly the same way as we pay our taxes:
      – so the first four men, the poorest, paid nothing
      – the fifth paid £1
      – the sixth paid £3
      – the seventh paid £7
      – the eighth paid £12
      – the ninth paid £18 and
      – the tenth man, the richest, paid £59
      Then the barman decided to give them a £20 discount for being such good customers. The group wanted to continue to pay the new £80 bill the same way as before. While the first four men still drank for free, the other six divided up the £20 windfall by following the progressive principle of our tax system:
      – so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing – a saving of 100%
      – the sixth paid £2 instead of £3 – a saving of 33%
      – the seventh paid £5 instead of £7 – a saving of 29%
      – the eighth paid £9 instead of £12 – a saving of 25%
      – the ninth paid £14 instead of £18 – a saving of 22% and
      – the tenth paid £49 instead of £59 – a saving of 17%
      The men then began to compare their savings. “I only got £1 out of the £20” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, “but he got £10; the wealthy get all the breaks!” “wait a minute“ said the first four men, “we didn’t get anything at all. This new system exploits the poor.” So the other nine men surrounded the tenth man and beat him up. The next week he didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when they came to pay, they discovered they didn’t have enough money between them to pay even half the bill.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      April 14, 2021 9:15 am

      Not only that, these whiners are a luxury and luxuries always disappear first when times get tough. When we are all much poorer, we won’t be paying for useless academics sitting producing nothing.

  19. April 14, 2021 7:41 am

    Having been around for 70+ years, I’ve yet to see ANY evidence of ‘global warming’, sea level rises, sea temperatures rise, or any of the tripe these clowns snitch a ‘living’ from by endlessly espousing!

  20. Coeur de Lion permalink
    April 14, 2021 9:11 am

    OT I’m afraid but there will be no wind electricity until about midday Saturday

  21. Phoenix44 permalink
    April 14, 2021 9:13 am

    A purely political report with purely political policies. Not science in any way whatsoever. Completely biased.

  22. MrGrimNasty permalink
    April 14, 2021 9:53 am

    Putin is about to invade and annex more of Eastern Europe.
    China is taking over vast swathes of territory and sooner or later will take Taiwan etc.
    After a few lightly scolding words from the West they’ll be allowed to get away with it.

    It’s a good job we have real emergencies like climate change to worry about.

    • heriotjohn permalink
      April 14, 2021 12:50 pm


      However, I do fear that if Xi also thinks that, and the US doesnt, that there could be a very nasty conflagration. Taiwan/China seems to be about the one subject that unites both the Republicans and the Democrats, and that might mean backing down would not be an option.

  23. tom0mason permalink
    April 15, 2021 1:37 am

    Harrabin is towing the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres line …
    “I urge governments to consider a solidarity or wealth tax on those who have profited during the pandemic, to reduce extreme inequalities. We need a new social contract, based on solidarity and investments in education, decent and green jobs, social protection, and health systems. This is the foundation for sustainable and inclusive development.”

    Meanwhile in the UK, Harrabin is also backed up by ever-so-loonie leftie Claudia Webbe who tweeted that the “Earth is overpopulated; there are too many rich people. To solve the climate crisis; the rich must be abolished”
    Estimates of Claudia Webbe net worth to date all hover around the £1million to £1.5million mark.
    If you think that name Claudia Webbe is familiar then you may remember …

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