To: Richard Black, BBC
It is with relief (but not triumph) that I can announce to you the end of Climate Change “scepticism”.
The new Canadian publication “Climate Cover-Up”, by James Hoggan, points the finger fairly and squarely at vested corporate interests in the continuing saga of Global Warming denial and delaying tactics, both in North America and in the United Kingdom.
He has collated evidence showing that the contrarians have an agenda to confuse and disinform the public, and that the Media have just gone along with this. Probably because editors don’t know any better. Possibly because journalists are too lazy or busy to learn the science.
The Science of Climate Change couldn’t be clearer, the agreement between specialists and experts in the field couldn’t be closer; Michael Mann’s “Hockey Stick” couldn’t be more accurate, and has been vindicated by numerous proxies.
It is time that the BBC dropped its unjustified claim of seeking to portray “balance” on this issue. There is no “debate” regarding Climate Change science, and if you think there is you are unaware that you are citing the unfounded and baseless claims from a group of outliers with quite possibly unhealthy agendas.
Reporting the claims of the Climate Change “sceptics” is as bad as inviting Nick Griffin of the BNP to speak on Question Time : it appears to be a shameless attempt at stirring controversy for the sake of ratings and could well bring the BBC into distrust and disrepute.
This really has to stop. The BBC should not be quoting people who claim to have valid positions on Climate Change but who have no comprehension of the science.
I am in strong disagreement with the way the BBC has mishandled the subject of Global Warming in the last couple of years. By even quoting the voices of the the Climate Change sceptics the BBC has acted as a mouthpiece for the Fossil Fuel industries and the right-wing think tanks who have been funding them.
I would like to hear from you who I should address my formal demands to, and I should like to hear from you personally about where you stand.
Do you understand Climate Change science ? Do you have a relevant degree or training ? Are you able to tell the difference between spin and science ?
I am not seeking to exploit you, harrass you or make your life difficult. I genuinely want to know if you know what you’re writing about.
If I can be sure you know what you are writing about, then I can be confident in promoting your work. If you do not understand how the Climate Change deniers are wrong, then I need to make sure that the BBC knows how they are failing to correctly inform the public.
There should no longer be any piece from the BBC that shows confusion about Climate Change science, or quotes denialist arguments, or sympathises with those wishing to delay/minimise Global Warming mitigation.
It’s not right to pacify people. Climate Change is a very serious, life-threatening, economy-damaging problem, and we should all show the appropriate level of concern. Which is high.
I’m not being falsely alarmist in demanding that all articles from the BBC on the envionment in general and Climate Change in particular should include a warning to the readers that the issue poses significant risk.
I would like your express permission to publish any reply you might choose to give to me.
I am willing to purchase a copy of James Hoggan’s book for you and each of your Science/Technology/Environment colleagues if you promise to read it and get your heads around what has been going on in “denial” land.
After reading this book you should be in a better position to be able to work out which people are promoting something other than the science, and consequently not afford their views the same ranking as the true experts.
If your hands have been tied by your editors, and you have been forced to sit on the fence, then I will approach your editors and challenge them to take a short training course in the science of Climate Change, which should convince them that the “sceptics” are not holding a balancing position, but an irrelevant one.
Ms J. Abbess