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BBC Rolls Over for Climate Change Thugs

4:43 PM, Apr 11, 2008 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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This is a remarkable story from Canada's National Post:

How does a BBC story that starts off saying, "Global temperatures this year will be lower than in 2007 ... This would mean global temperatures have not risen since 1998, prompting some to question climate change theory," become "Global temperatures will drop slightly this year ... But experts say we are still clearly in a long-term warming trend --and they forecast a new record high temperature within five years." All in the space of one hour and 16 minutes? Climate-change activist Jo Abbess of the UK group, Campaign Against Climate Change, explains how on her group's Web site, where she posted her exchange with BBC News environment analyst Roger Harrabin.

After the first note from Abbess, Harrabin stated flatly that no correction was needed: "If the secy-gen of the WMO [World Meteorological Organization] tells me that global temperatures will decrease, that's what we will report." Her response: "I will forward your comments (unless you object) to some people who may wish to add to your knowledge." Apparently this first threat of being exposed for collaboration with global warming deniers was not enough. She later tells him, "It would be better if you did not quote the skeptics...Please reserve the main BBC Online channel for emerging truth." She then threatens once again to disseminate his email, and warns that the resulting firestorm of criticism may put him in an "unfavourable light."

To which our fearless BBC editor gave the predictable response: "Have a look in 10 minutes and tell me you are happier. We have changed headline and more." Way to stick to your guns, sir. But of course, Ms. Abbess posted the exchange anyway--further evidence that one should never negotiate with terrorists, eco- or otherwise.

HT: Ace