Bishop Hill has unearthed this gem, a presentation to the Cambridge Science and Policy Group by Sarah Mukherjee, the BBC’s former environment correspondent, who in her time at the corporation filed hundreds of alarmist, hell-in-a-handcart reports. Admittedly the delivery was some time ago, but her lecture is a major statement of the BBC’s green creed, and an insight into the madcap and deeply biased thought processes that are involved. It therefore deserves further airing.
The main contentions across 76 minutes of unrestrained greenie bias are that, without a doubt, the science of climate change is proved; that Climategate was a load of nonsense perpetrated by the tabloid press (and the scientists involved have been fully absolved), that we are not doing enough to counter the climate threats facing us, that politicians – despite having passed the climate change act (which commits to 80% CO2 reductions by 2050) – have shamefully reneged on their commitment and – horror of horrors – they will dare to start mining coal again soon. She clearly wants us to go back to the stone age. It’s exactly the same agitprop fervour that permeates the work of Roger Harrabin, Richard Black and the whole phalanx of other BBC activists, the difference being that she has left the corporation and lets rip with a splenetic stream-of-consciousness prejudice that surpasses almost anything I have heard on this topic to date.
BBC prejudice is also writ large in that there’s no doubt of her main targets, identified by the contempt in her voice and her braying, annoying, stoccato laugh. One by one in the firing line are the Tories, the Daily Mail, and Boris Johnson (the latter, I concede, a pretty easy target on this topic).
Actually, having listened to Ms Mukherjee, what alarms me most is that this presentation is so substandard that it defies belief that she was allowed to present to such a supposedly august body. Her homily is both deeply condescending and contains not a shred of hard evidence that climate change (whatever it is) is a genuine threat. Instead, she makes vacuous assertions such as “climate change….it takes 30 years for something to happen”. Shame on Cambridge that – no doubt because of its own prejudices about climate change – it has abandoned its normal intellectual high standards.
Nonsense like that characterises all the outpourings of Black and his cohorts; but still the BBC ploughs relentlessly on.