Apologies for returning to him so soon, but Roger Harrabin has become in some senses the story; his endless spinning, dissembling and contorting are at the heart of why BBC so-called journalism is rotten to the core. His latest posting gives – in reverential tones that Wackford Squeers himself would have been proud – Professor Phil Jones’s account of why he is right about climate change and the rest of the world is wrong. To be sure, Mr Harrabin has clothed the good professor’s utterances with weasel words that acknowledge that sceptics exist and that he might have handled the odd bit of data, the odd fact, ineptly. But Harrabin’s overall message is that professor Jones is right, the facts and the datasets prove global warming, and it is a tragedy that Copenhagen did not achieve the world governance that he so desperately craves. Bishop Hill has a very different take on the professor’s words.

Every time there is an opportunity to put the warmist case like this, Mr Harrabin takes it, savours it, and embellishes it; and he never troubles to give another side of the story, even though Steve McIntyre, Anthony Watts, Anotny Montford (Bishop Hill)and others have shown time and time again that the very data that Professor Jones so exults is as full of holes as a colander. One final point. Surely, even Mr Harrabin does not believe this (at the end of the latest story)?

He said many people had been made sceptical about climate change by the snow in the northern hemisphere – but they didn’t realise that the satellite record from the University of Alabama in Huntsville showed that January had been the warmest month since records began in 1979.

But because Professor Jones said it, perhaps he does. In the world of alarmists, the words from on high must be true.

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23 Responses to MORE HORROR…

  1. John Horne Tooke says:

    “..but they didn’t realise that the satellite record from the University of Alabama in Huntsville showed that January had been the warmest month since records began in 1979.”

    This means nothing even if its true. The “warmists” have decided that CO2 has caused the “warming” but this has not been proven. The theory is full of holes – but to these “scientists” it seems  all they have to show is some warming and that makes the theory proved.

    Has Jones proved the link? All he has done is fiddle figures to show a warming trend.


  2. Jack Bauer says:

    “..but they didn’t realise that the satellite record from the University of Alabama in Huntsville showed that January had been the warmest month since records began in 1979.”

    The Earth is, what, FOUR BILLION YEARS old? Is is really necessary to expand on the childish disconnect here.


    • Paul Masters says:

      Sorry to ask but is the disconnect that white surfaces absorb less and radiate more heat?


      • Jack Bauer says:

        Wow. Now there’s disconnect right off the bat.

        If you can’t see the disconnect between 30 years of so-called “satellite” records on the “warmth” of January in the past 4 billion years, then what’s the point?


  3. AndyUk06 says:

    Harrabin’s head seems permanently stuck in the clouds or up his arse.  Its a shame these people still wield so much influence. 


  4. Disdain says:

    Remember, this is a reporter who has missed the biggest story of his career. Professionally there is no way back for him. Only denial, in its true sense, can keep him in his job. 


    • Asuka Langley Soryu says:

      I know it’s easy to look at Roger Harrabin and say, He’s a BBC employee and an English graduate, therefore he’s probably a simpleton. But even a simpleton could’ve recognised the magnitude of Climategate. No, Harrabin may be and asshole and a moron, but he didn’t miss anything. He deliberately didn’t report it. And that’s because he’s also a liar, a fraud and an advocate; a Beeboid.


  5. John Anderson says:

    Listening to the Radio 4 Today interview,  I was not surprised by the whining and special pleading.

    But what was surprising was Prof Jones’ concession that the Medieval Warm Period is a reality – and that it could have been hotter than now,  and may not have been limited to the northern hemisphere.

    That set of admissions demolishes the famous hockey stick,  the key IPCC graph and the argument on which all else is based.   He seems to be reverting to the Briffa line that there was none of the certainty against the MWP that Michael Mann’s infamous graph was designed to portray.

    Michael Mann will be spitting blood at this.  This is the wedge to drive home.


  6. Jack Bauer says:

    I know this isn’t related on any particular BBC “story” but Mark Steyn does encompass the cultural totalitarianism as exemplified by BBC as the perfect exemplar for the Euroepan socialist establishment. Groupthink is GOOD.

    Conform, get in line, don’t dissent. SHUT UP. The leftist line from Warm Mongers to every delusional leftist nostrum in the book. And then some:

    “I’ve been saying for months that the difference between America and Europe is that, when the global economy nosedived, everywhere from Iceland to Bulgaria mobs took to the streets and besieged Parliament, demanding to know why government didn’t do more for them.

    This is the only country in the developed world where a mass movement took to the streets to say we can do just fine if you control-freak statists would just stay the hell out of our lives, and our pockets. You can shove your non-stimulating stimulus, your jobless jobs bill, and your multitrillion-dollar porkathons. This isn’t karaoke. These guys are singing “I’ll do it my way” for real.”


  7. Will says:

    Hansen’s NASA has a major presence in Huntsville AL – any relevence to these stats?


  8. Martin says:

    But we have yet another story that much of the original raw data on which ‘their’ claims have been made has been lost. This is just getting beyond a joke and the lot of them should be told to go away and start again.

    Any claims which are based on data that is no longer available must be discounted, in no other field of science would someone be allowed to make scientific claims without being able to prove what they did every step of the way.


  9. John Anderson says:

    I notice that the Muir Russell enquiry does not cover the way all the figures were SELECTED and then MANIPULATED – all the stuff in the Harry’s_file leak,  which I believe is more significant than the email leaks because we already knew that peer review was being twisted,  that a cabal was operating.

    Also – it seems that  Harrabin also averts his gaze from the very serious implications of Harry’s_file – that the programming was a mess,  that there were all sorts of unexplained mechanisms to contort and distort the raw data.   Harrabin KNOWS that Harry’s_file is incendiary,  yet when he gets a chance to feed questions to Prof Jones he ignores the most imp[ortant aspect of the leaked material.

    Whitewash,  more and more layers of cover-up by the BBC.


    • John Anderson says:

      ………..whitewash,  more and more layers of cover-up by the Russell enquiry as well,  it seems.


  10. Umbongo says:

    Harrabin isn’t alone in brushing aside anything which doesn’t support warmism and the transfer of our wealth (via politicians, of course) to the East.  In the article here Geoffrey Lean of the Telegraph in his 12 February 2010 article asserts re sceptics [my emboldening] that “they do produce another argument, which is that measures to combat climate change would be economically catastrophic. But again, they rely more on assertion than evidence, and the balance of the economic argument is shifting the other way.

    Like Harrabin he’s making it up as he goes along.  The sheer dishonesty of the warmists, now their “science” is being shown for the empty vessel that it is, is as blatant as it is unsurprising.  After all, con artists through the centuries have always shouted their innocence when their “tricks” have been exposed: the warmists – and their willing helpers in the media – are no different.


  11. Martin says:

    Have to laugh at Peston on the BBC whining on about bankers pay, some get as much as the PM he says. I wonder how many beeboids get as much or more than the average banker? In fact I wonder how much Peston get paid?


  12. John Horne Tooke says:

    “Mr Harrabin told Radio 4’s Today programme that, despite the controversies, there still appeared to be no fundamental flaws in the majority scientific view that climate change was largely man-made.”

    Read more:

    Now that is a personal opinion. How does he know there are “no fundamental flaws”? On what evidence does he base this opinion?

    Here are the “fundamental flaws” Harrabin


  13. John Anderson says:

    There is NO unprecedented recent warming.  That was Phil Jones’ key admission – that recent warming was no greater and was possibly smaller than previous periods,  especially the Medieval Warming Period, which has been erased entirely from Wikipedia by Warmists as well being erased from existence in the infamous hockey-stick graph.

    And Jones admitted that there has been NIL significant warming in the past decade or so.

    That is – both ends of the hockey stick are FALSE.   It is that false hockey stick that underpins all the IPCC’s work,  all the Gore propagandising,  all the BBC’s refusal of proper debate – and all the ridiculous Copenhagen/Cancun rubbish.

    There is simply no climate problem to deal with.  It does not matter a damn what theories might be waved around concerning man’s involvement.  And certainly there is no cause for all the panic and extreme economic actions that Harrabin and his ilk support.

    (As background to the Medieval Warming Period,  here is a link :

    Here in London we remember the MWP in street names – Vine Street,  for instance,  or Vineyard Hill Road in Wimbledon.   There is endless anecdotal evidence as well as plemnty of scientific evidence for the MWP – and for its global reach.   It is a measure of the fraudulence of the Warmists that they have tried to erase all this.  THEY are the “deniers”.)


    • John Horne Tooke says:

      And these are the “fundamental principles” that back up AGW – yet Harrabin cannot (or will not) see them.


  14. John Anderson says:

    There are so many holes now in the Warmists’ case,  it is hard to keep track of them.  Here is a checklist – but even it omits the latest disclosures – including Phil Jones,  and Chrtopher Booker’s story this weekend on the Africa-famine scam.–.html


  15. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Here’s a good critique of the Phil Jones confessional to Warmist Fra. Harriban.