One of France’s leading weatherman has sparked storms of outrage for daring to question the established consensus on global warming while accusing leading climatologists of “taking the world hostage” with misleading data.
There’s nothing quite like heated discussions about global warming to get people hot under the collar and red in the face. As topics of conversations go, climate change has long been something of a hot potato.
It seems every time we spark up the emission loving engines of our cars to grab a burger, open the fridge to reach for a beer, or hop on a plane for a night at the opera in Paris, some sandal-wearing killjoy who lives in a tent on a mountain somewhere and has fungi growing in their beard tells us we’re slowly suffocating the world with our twisted selfishness and all-consuming greed.
While no generation really wants to be responsible for killing the world, no one really wants to go to the inconvenience of trying too hard to save it either.
Yet it seems you can’t drive your fuel guzzling truck to the local store to pick up a frozen meal, a few aerosol deodorants, and something packaged in enough plastic to poison the pacific without feeling your actions have caused at least one iceberg to melt.
So it’s something of a relief to find that someone who knows a thing or two about climate change has criticized the received wisdom on the world’s soaring temperature.
The Telegraph reports that France’s chief weatherman Philippe Verdier has written a book called Climat Investigation (Climate Investigation) which accuses the world’s leading climatologists and political leaders of “taking the world hostage” with misleading data.
Verdier’s book has been met with a stormy reception by his elemental brethren who study weather patterns and are familiar with the world’s core. In fact, the thunderous views of Verdier have seen him taken off TV station France 2, where he delivers his nightly forecasts.
Yet this man for all seasons is by no means full of wind and has valid points to make concerning global warming.
“Every night I address five million French people to talk to you about the wind, the clouds and the sun. And yet there is something important, very important that I haven’t been able to tell you, because it’s neither the time nor the place to do so.
“We are hostage to a planetary scandal over climate change – a war machine whose aim is to keep us in fear.”
After being taken off the air for his howls of protest, Verdier is determined to weather the storm and told RTL radio that such censorship only validates what he has written in his book.
“I received a letter telling me not to come. I’m in shock. This is a direct extension of what I say in my book, namely that any contrary views must be eliminated.”
Verdier embarked upon his 330-page book in June 2014 following a meeting with French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, who instructed France’s chief weathermen to continually mention “climate change” in their forecasts.
Verdier told Les Inrockuptibles magazine he was “horrified by this discourse.”
“What’s shameful is this pressure placed on us to say that if we don’t hurry, it’ll be the apocalypse. ‘climate diplomacy’ means leaders are seeking to force changes to suit their own political timetables.
“If a minister decides he is Mr Weatherman, then Mr Weatherman can also express himself on the subject in a lucid manner.”
In his book, Verdier attacks top climate scientists and suggested they have been “manipulated and politicised” from eating for far too long at the trough of state funding.
He highlights the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, as a case in point and accuses them of “blatantly erasing” date which didn’t fit with their conclusions.
Verdier also disputes the IPCC’s claim that if no action to reduce carbon emissions is taken, temperatures could rise up to 4.8°C.
“We are undoubtedly on a plateau in terms of warming and the cyclical variability of the climate doesn’t not allow us to envisage if the natural rhythm will tomorrow lead us towards a fall, a stagnation or a rise (in temperature).”
Verdier’s book will no doubt pour some rain on the parade of Paris’s crucial UN climate change conference in December, especially in light of a particular controversial chapter about the positive effect of climate change in France.
Like a poet whose heart has been captured by global warming, Verdier writes both eloquently and passionately of all the benefits a hotter earth can bring.
“It’s politically incorrect and taboo to vaunt the merits of climate change because there are some. Warmer weather, increased tourism, lower death rates and electricity bills in mild winters, and better wine and champagne vintages.”
You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows, but if you can enjoy a glass of rare vintage while lounging in the south of France and topping up your tan with the money you would have wasted on your winter energy bills, then it has to be said — burn baby burn!
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