I’m bored with writing about the BBC’s bias about climate change. Nothing changes. But I could not let the latest Richard Black homily pass. Here it is – an unbridled, no-praise-too-small homage to the nice, cuddly eco-warrior activists at Greenpeace. Single-handedly, according to Mr Black, these heroes have saved the whales, stopped the pollution of rivers and halted deforestation, though the nasty Indonsesian president is daring to try get in their way.
I actually prefer an alternative view of Greenpeace, which is that they are thuggish, vicious louts who stop at nothing to spread posonous lies. Donna Laframbois – whose magisterial book on the lies of the IPCC is just out – has their measure. In 1994, for example, they published a scare-fest pamphlet called the Climate Time Bomb which suggested that the impacts of global warming were already leading to coral bleaching, species extinction, and widespread urban disease. Not one element of their alarmism stands the test of time. But not content with spreading such lies themselves, Greenpeace have also infiltrated the IPCC to the extent that their press releases (more lies) make it into reports without dilution or check. And – Ka-ching! – not content with that, they bank-roll so-called scientists to fabricate climate change research.
Propaganda comes in many guises. In Mr Black’s case, it’s as subtle as a Glasgow kiss.