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BBC & The Green Lobby

June 18, 2022

By Paul Homewood

h/t Joe Public


One more example of BBC bias:




This was the broadcast:



It is hardly surprising that the contributors were firmly anti-fossil fuels:


James Murray – Editor Business Green magazine

His job is to promote the green agenda and lobby for the renewable industry. That’s what he is paid to do.

Interestingly, Murray’s own profile states that he often reports for the BBC:


 James is one of the UK’s leading commentators on the low carbon economy. He writes occasionally for the Guardian newspaper and has also reported for BBC Radio on a number of green technology stories.

So this is not a one off occurrence.

Emma Pinchbeck – Chief Executive of Energy UK

Energy UK is totally committed to the Net Zero agenda, as its latest Annual Report makes clear:




As for Emma Pinchbeck, who previously was deputy CEO for the lobby group Renewable UK, she announced on taking up her new job at Energy UK:



And her biography notes that she has long been an active campaigner for decarbonisation:


Michael Liebreich

Michael’s own website tells us all we need to know!


The idea that any of these three would be impartial, never mind pro-fossil fuel, is ridiculous. The BBC knew this full well, that is why they purposely invited them on the show in the first place.

  1. June 18, 2022 11:30 am

    I did listen to the programme, and at the time thought that, as with all “Costing the Earth” programmes, it was just more of the usual BBC biased propaganda.

    • June 18, 2022 2:23 pm

      Exactly Costing The Earth is NEVER a balanced news prog
      aimed at the general public
      Rather it is a magazine prog aimed at Guardianland as if produced by Greenpeace
      No one in their right mind takes it seriously

      It does present what they consider to be BOTH sides of the Green debate
      #1 The Marxist activists
      #2 The Big Green Hedgefunds that demand subsidies for them and banning of their competition.

      • David Wojick permalink
        June 18, 2022 3:01 pm

        Great point! There are in fact two green camps, one more radical than the other, but both extreme. Likewise on the so-called science side there is debate over how bad it will be, really bad versus catastrophic.

      • David Wojick permalink
        June 18, 2022 3:18 pm

        I first pointed this split out three years ago.

      • June 19, 2022 12:48 am

        DW actually you are pointing out one kind of split an me another
        – Sure there are soft activists vs hard activists

        But I am saying there is this classic division I noticed as I volunteered at lots of green festivals across the world 20 years ago.

        Whilst the signs made out it was all green
        the reality was it was centred around stalls where you BOUGHT stuff so you were more green.
        ie the punters were the USEFUL IDIOTS
        and the stall holders & organisers are the CAPITALIST EXPLOITERS

        That’s The GreenHedgeFunds and

      • June 19, 2022 12:48 am

        and the Activists

  2. fretslider permalink
    June 18, 2022 11:35 am

    No environmental output from the BBC is free of its complete, total and utter bias – since at least 2006

    The BBC reported on a lesbian who was raped by a trans woman. The lesbian referred to her attacker as he

    The BBC changed the pronouns to she to avoid offending the rapist

    That’s where the BBC is at

    • David A permalink
      June 19, 2022 1:24 pm

      “Is that true, or did you hear it on the BBC?”

  3. Daisy etc. permalink
    June 18, 2022 11:46 am

    It’s that old Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation trick – get a couple of true believers , one marginally less swivel – eyed than the other , set them off and call it a ‘ balanced discussion ‘ .
    And then there’s Andrew Marr , hilariously celebrating his release from the bbc’s insistence on rigorous impartiality .
    Couldn’t . Make . It . Up .

  4. Joe Public permalink
    June 18, 2022 12:07 pm

    With the multitude of enviro and ‘green’ energy programmes on nowadays, the Beeb is laundering quite a substantial amount of Tell-Tax payers’ cash into the hands of enviro & renewables’ advocates!

    Greenwashing par excellence.

  5. Harry Passfield permalink
    June 18, 2022 12:16 pm

    Dung Heap: The new Rowlatt. And just as biased, talentless and ignorant.

  6. June 18, 2022 12:58 pm

    It is absolutely typical of any BBC program to only include interviews with people with a “green” agenda. No-one with any alternative views gets a look-in, by design.

    Not “Friends of the Earth” but rather “Enemies of the People” – and the people are paying for it dearly now.

  7. Gamecock permalink
    June 18, 2022 2:00 pm

    The Left believes they have reached the point where they have enough power that they don’t even need to pretend they are unbiased anymore.

    Complain to the BBC of bias and they think, “What’s your point?”

  8. Broadlands permalink
    June 18, 2022 2:05 pm

    “Michael is an acknowledged thought leader on clean energy, mobility, technology, climate, sustainability and finance.”

    Expert on clean energy Mobility? How does he think the transition from conventional vehicles to electric vehicles can take place without using those conventional vehicles to get there? Charging stations don’t just appear, nor do solar panels and wind turbines. Might be worth some more thought leadership on his part?

  9. TrevorC permalink
    June 18, 2022 2:15 pm

    “Thought Leader”. Not much modesty there! “No discussion – I am right and you must think my way.”

    • tomo permalink
      June 18, 2022 5:02 pm

      Yes, – he certainly operates like that

  10. June 18, 2022 2:28 pm

    Would your POLITICAL group get a space in the local BBC news to plug their meeting ?

    12pm BBC Radio Lincolnshire news
    “Extinction Rebellion are having a meeting today at …
    to discuss the importance of protecting peaceful protest rights
    You can go along at 2pm to … on .. road Lincoln”

    (doh Many XR protests are NOT peaceful
    cos they stop you going about your daily business by blocking your way
    or cause physical damage to your car tyres.
    They even call some of their protests ” blockade”)

    I check the local XR Twitter accounts ..they haven’t bothered to promote their event there.
    Their website does list today’s event
    but the description is different to the radio news one

    • Why we’re currently in Big Trouble with the climate
    • Why voting, marching and signing petitions won’t help
    • Why just 3.5% of us working together in 2022 could turn things around

    All around the UK, local people are getting organised..

    • tomo permalink
      June 18, 2022 5:16 pm

      XR is “mostly peaceful” – until they aren’t.

      I’m still occasionally incensed by the whole Chris Hohn funded retainer thing for “key talent”

      – do they pay NI? – do they have employment contracts? – does it fall under IR35?

    • Gamecock permalink
      June 18, 2022 10:03 pm

      “Extinction Rebellion are having a meeting today at …
      to discuss the importance of protecting peaceful protest riots.”

      Fixed it.

  11. June 18, 2022 2:48 pm

    14:45pm Radio a Tom Heap repeat from 2021
    Logging For Good
    “How to cut down trees for timber without harming the planet.”

    It’s about a project in Indonesian Borneo

    .. As it happens I have lived in different areas of Borneo
    I have been to an enormous timber mill in Indonesian Borneo
    During my time the new president did manage to significantly reduce the forest fire smog
    (I had to wear a mask for 20 days in a row in 2014)

  12. June 18, 2022 2:50 pm

    Does this look like local media holding XR to account ?

  13. Richard Bell permalink
    June 18, 2022 2:50 pm

    These people are JUST CRAZY …… un believable how nuts they sound !!! …… They really think they are correct. I have just read ALEX EPSTEIN’S new book Fossil Future which is an OUTSTANDING read …….please get hold of a copy and educate yourself regarding real life .

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      June 20, 2022 6:38 am

      Green; gullible, easily fooled, naive, inexperienced etc. etc.
      These are not people who excelled at science in school.

  14. Frank permalink
    June 18, 2022 3:01 pm

    The BBC bias is not just on Green matters. Today at 2pm the BBC TV News reported as a major item, the illegal immigrants coming across in small boats, and the contentious tagging proposed, and the contentious flights to Rawanda. The PM was given 14 seconds, a sentence from a Home Office statement 7 seconds, Keir Starmer given 25 seconds and an Immigration Campaigner 3mins 33seconds. Interesting that the BBC did not report the illegal immigrants at all, until over 1000 came over in one day so they were forced to acknowledge the problem……

    • dennisambler permalink
      June 18, 2022 10:39 pm

      Talking of Rwanda, Sir David King is “Senior Strategy Adviser” to the President of Rwanda: I don’t know if he is also an Arsenal supporter…

      “Professor Sir David King is a Partner of SYSTEMIQ and Senior Strategy Adviser to the President of Rwanda. He was the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, 2000-2007, the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change, 2013-2017, working with 165 Climate Change Attaches in UK Embassies, and Chair of Future Cities Catapult, 2012-2016. He travelled widely to persuade all countries to take action on climate change.

      He initiated an in-depth risk analysis approach to climate change, working with the Governments of China and India in particular (Climate Change: a Risk Assessment) , and initiated a collaborative programme, now known as Mission Innovation, to create a $25bn pa research and development international exercise, which involves 22 countries and the EC, to deliver all technologies needed to complete the transition into a fossil-fuel-free world economy.”

      • bill h permalink
        June 19, 2022 5:57 pm

        Also set up the Clownshow of ‘Independent Sage’


  15. Ben Vorlich permalink
    June 18, 2022 3:46 pm

    I’m at the next stage of my complaint about Mr Rowlatt’s report from the Bonn Conference.

    Interestingly the original complaint was rejected within a couple of days, and included a link to the complaints page in case I disagreed. So I complained and referred to the original Case Number which seems to be how their system is set up. This too was rejected impressively quickly. So I did a big of digging and took it to the next level The Executive Complaints Unit.

    After a couple of “failure to deliver” emails using the address on the BBC website I found an address that worked. The first reaction was “You’re camplaining about two different complaints and you have to have had a rejected appeal” or words to that effect. After a couple of days back and forth emails including one with copies of all the complaints and rejections and the link between the case numbers it’s gone quiet.

    Paul is correct, none of it is easy and everything is set up to discourage you from doing anything. But I’ve got time to spare

    • Devoncamel permalink
      June 19, 2022 11:13 am

      Bravo, well done. Keep it up!

  16. June 18, 2022 4:57 pm

    Two handfuls of people versus the several million who just accept the flow of continuous disinfo streaming out 24/7 from Orwell’s Ministry of Truth.

    A tiny retraction is no David haha

  17. cookers52 permalink
    June 19, 2022 1:58 am

    I would remind everyone that it is our elected representatives who have adopted the policy of net zero.

    Parliament has almost unanimously passed the legislation and the government demolished all the power stations.

    Compared to this government futile omnishambles the BBC are just irrelevant.

  18. Gamecock permalink
    June 19, 2022 2:03 am

    ‘Russia’s war machine is paid for with oil and gas’

    [citation needed]

    Hackneyed hyperbole.

  19. Devoncamel permalink
    June 19, 2022 11:11 am

    How amused I am to read Liebreich’s puff piece describing himself as ‘an acknowledged THOUGHT LEADER on clean energy…’ blah blah blah. Rather concerning you might reasonably conclude.

  20. June 19, 2022 5:43 pm

    Sunday mornings BBC Radio Lincolnshire news bulletins about the huge Stamford solar park plan seemed trickerly spun
    The clip of the opposer seemed to be edited to be weak ‘OK the corp has made concessions’

    The Solar corp’s PR woman had two clips One where she said ‘Aren’t we good we made concessions’
    another where she did a huge Global Warming spiel
    Then each hour news report had an item “This week there will consultation on the huge new solar park plan” Then they played a clip
    One hour you got the opposer. The next the Solar PR woman

    So basically each bulletin either gave the story the solar corp is making concessions
    Or that Global warming is urgent and the solar park is a magic solution
    That is not proper impartial news is it ?

  21. June 19, 2022 9:13 pm

    Reblogged this on delboydave and commented:
    Can the BBC be more disingenuous and biased? Apparently it can yet it cannot see how it’s become a propaganda mouthpiece for the green lobby and a purveyor of misinformation.

    • June 20, 2022 7:11 pm

      The BBCsaw well enough that it wanted to line up with the Guardian and any number of climate alarmist groups and individuals, to suppress and rubbish non-alarmism at every turn. This has been going on for at least 15 years now, with de facto government approval since the 2008 Climate Change Act.

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