Sunday, February 1, 2009

BBC abandons 'impartiality' on warming

From the UK Telegraph - article by Christopher Booker
Last Updated: 6:19PM GMT 31 Jan 2009

After part sponsoring a global warming stunt with a mock up polar bear on an ice-berg in the Thames, and doctoring film of President Obama's Inaugural speech,their Newsnight's science editor, Susan Watts, was even more bizarre. It was no more than a paean of gratitude that we now at last have a president prepared to listen to the "science" on climate change, after the dark age of religious obscurantism personified by President Bush.
At last, after years when they could not speak openly on this subject, chirped Ms Watts, "scientists calculate that President Obama has just four years to save the world". She failed to explain (although she was later forced to clarify this on her blog) that the only scientist to say anything so silly was Dr James Hansen of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, whose utterances on climate change have lately become so wild and extreme that they have made him a laughing stock. (He was last week publicly disowned by his old boss Dr John Theon, who said that Hansen's unscientific claims had been an embarrassment to Nasa ever since he joined Al Gore in whipping up panic over global warming back in 1988.)"

In Australia, our equivalent ABC uses the same rules, recently excising Bill Kininmonth (William Kininmonth has a career in meteorological science and policy spanning more than 40 years. For more than a decade (1986-1998) he headed Australia's National Climate Centre with responsibilities for monitoring Australia's changing climate and advising the Australian government on the extent and severity of climate extremes) from a podcast and transcript of a broadcast.

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