I have just listened on Radio 4 to the latest programme in the eco-crazy strand Costing the Earth. I don’t, unfortunately, have a transcript, but from beginning to end, this was a scare-fest about the dangers of melting ice. It was taken as read by Tom Heap, the presenter, that the science has been proved, that there is major catastrophic warming. He stuffed it full with researchers who are being paid to find climate change, and – lo and behold – have found it. Not a sceptic in sight. He even spoke to the British ambassador to Canada, who magically appeared to be able to pronounce on the danger of escaping methane and knew with certainty that everything was collapsing on an unprecedented level. Mr Heap told us, too, that the North-west passage had opened up in 2007 for the first time as part of the inexorable, irreversible melting.
This was CAGW propaganda at its most stridently political. Not a dissenting voice, not an ounce of doubt. In a sense, such programmes are now so common that they are not even noteworthy. But I’m going to go on writing about them because the BBC is crassly, arrogantly, dangerously wrong in the way it is handling such topics. And as BBC staff like David Gregory prove in their contributions to the debate (see my previous posting) they don’t even begin to get it.
Shame the Costing the Earth researcher did not look – even for a second – at this masterly piece of research; it would have shown him the true perspective on melting Arctic ice. It happens, it’s cyclical, it’s unpredictable and we don’t understand yet why. But sure as hell, it’s been happening for a very long time and “global warming” is only a tangential part of the story. The incontinent outpourings of Mr Heap and his cronies contribute nothing to our understanding of what actually goes on there.