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How the BBC is crushing the climate debate-Ben Pile

November 24, 2021

By Paul Homewood


I reported on a BBC article last week about “Climate Denial”

Ben Pile has now weighed in:



BBC News carried two articles last week denigrating and demonising the critics of climate-change alarmism.

The first was by Marianna Spring, the BBC’s ‘specialist disinformation reporter’. She asserted that criticism of environmentalism was being fuelled by right-wing conspiracy theorists who had switched ‘from Covid denial to climate denial’. And the second came from reporters Rachel Schraer and Kayleen Devlin, who are both part of the BBC’s ‘Reality Check’ team of fact-checkers. They claimed to have exposed ‘the truth behind the new climate-change denial’. Both articles are travesties of journalism.

Read the full story here.

  1. Broadlands permalink
    November 24, 2021 8:15 pm

    “Whether it will reduce the Earth’s global temperatures by a significant enough amount to offset climate change is up for debate…”

    What is the amount that needs to be offset? According to NOAA, the total amount of global warming since the middle of the last century has been about plus 0.82°C. Why is that such an alarming amount that major efforts at reducing CO2 emissions should be put in action to lower it? Lowering emissions takes no CO2 from the atmosphere. Nor do solar panels and wind turbines. So, why is going back to 14.0°C (57°F) the target for net-zero? If that’s not the target, what temperature is?

    • November 24, 2021 10:24 pm

      The bulk of the planet experiences temperatures that are suboptimal for photosynthesis.

  2. November 24, 2021 8:36 pm

    Eminent geologists have already responded. To the BBC DG and with an official complaint, as below:


    The Director General, Mr Tim Davie CBE
    Broadcasting House
    Portland Place
    London W1A 1AA

    Dear Mr Davies,

    Many will have been shocked and disappointed at the gross impartiality shown by two of your journalists recently, Rachel Schraer & Kayleen Devlin, in their piece on climate-change.

    Many scientists have genuine and well-founded views that the simplistic ‘CO2 emissions’ explanation of global warming should be opened to rigorous scientific debate, and the BBC should lead the way in that debate. We have sent the following complaint to the BBC through its complaints website, and we await their (and, may I suggest, your) response.

    Yours sincerely
    Michael F Ridd


    COP26: The truth behind the new climate change denial.

    A response:

    The under-signed scientists are disturbed and disappointed by your recent BBC News item: “COP26: The truth behind the new climate change denial”. It paints a picture of trouble-makers who simply want to disrupt the net-zero policies of the government.

    The reality is that those who you brand cheaply as deniers are scientists and related professionals, many of whom have spent their careers investigating the past history of Earth’s climate and have concluded that climate-science is more complex than believed by the government and the media. Climate-change is driven by many factors in addition to variations in the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, variations in solar radiation being just one of them.

    We regret the lack of impartiality shown by the BBC regarding the climate. It is a topic of such scientific and economic importance that the BBC should be encouraging open scientific discussion, not disparaging serious scientists who wish to offer evidence that challenges the prevailing groupthink.

    The pursuit of knowledge is not served by the phrase “the science is settled and agreed by a consensus”. Science advances by impartial discussion of evidence, and the BBC appears to have forgotten that simple truth.

    Professor John Dewey, FGS, FRS
    Dr Michael F Ridd, FGS
    Dr Chris Howells, BA, MSc, FGS
    Gregor Dixon, BSc FGS
    Joe Staffurth,
    Dr. Barry J. Squire, FGS
    Clive Randle, BSc , DIC, FGS
    Robert Heath, BSc (Hons) Physics
    Michael Seymour, MA, MSc, DIC, FGS
    Christopher John Matchette-Downes, BSc., MSc., CGeol.
    Clive Randle, BSc. DIC. FGS
    Alex Pope
    Howard Dewhirst, BA Hons, MA, FGS
    Chris Atkinson
    David Warwick, BSc FGS
    Dr. Wayne P Kraus, PhD
    Dennis Paterson, BSc, MSc, DIC
    Dr David. A. L. Jenkins, FGS
    Graham Heard, BSc, C Geol
    Philip Mulholland, B.A
    Chris Pullan, B.Sc, ARSM, FGS
    Dr Euan Mearns
    Viv Forbes, BSc, App Geol, FAusIMM, FSIA
    Pamela Matlack-Klein
    Ian Magness, BSc, MSc, FCT
    Dr. Cameron Davies, FGS
    Trish Dewhirst, BSc
    Peter Purcell
    Dr Chris Atkinson, PhD
    Peter Owen MA, FGS


    • November 24, 2021 9:15 pm

      They could have found thousands more scientists who would have signed the complaint.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      November 24, 2021 9:16 pm

      I don’t think they meant “impartiality” – quite the opposite, surely.

      • Bob Schweizer permalink
        November 25, 2021 12:49 pm

        By using erroneous vocabulary they are undermining their own credibility. These eminent geologists meant well, but put their names to something using precisely the wrong word.

      • David Parker permalink
        November 26, 2021 2:34 pm

        The actual complaint said ‘We regret the lack of impartiality’ MR’s letter missed out ‘lack off’

    • Bloke down the pub permalink
      November 25, 2021 12:19 pm

      I saw the results of a YouGov poll on twitter claiming that climate change was the biggest single concern for British voters, immigration wasn’t in the top four. This was obviously in the wake of the Cop26 shindig and before the recent loss of life in the channel brought the topic up the pecking order for the tv crews. Bias in promoting the establishment view extends beyond just the media.

  3. Gamecock permalink
    November 24, 2021 9:01 pm

    ‘Both articles are travesties of journalism.’

    Where on earth did you get such an idealistic view of journalism? From journalists?

    This IS journalism.

  4. Coeur de Lion permalink
    November 24, 2021 9:47 pm

    I’m complaining too

  5. Tim Pateman permalink
    November 24, 2021 11:02 pm

    It certainly looks like what counts for “IS journalism” in a Police State Dictatorship!

  6. Crowcatcher permalink
    November 25, 2021 6:21 am

    As I’ve commented many times before “Know bugger all about anything, become a (BBC) journalist”!

  7. Ray Sanders permalink
    November 25, 2021 11:01 am

    I decided to look up Marianna Spring’s education.
    My first thought was “Russia!” and then this came up on her twitter feed.
    Is it any surprise people might think she is being controlled by those who might not entirely be on our side?

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      November 25, 2021 3:32 pm

      I thought that these days the BBC is full of specialist disinformation reporters, from Harrabin downwards.

  8. December 1, 2021 12:01 am

    Ha people complaining to the BBC
    as if that will stop the BBC
    they just don’t care.

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