Gore, Nobel Prize and the BBC…

On the BBC editors’ blog, Craig Oliver discussed Al Gore’s Nobel prize, in the context of the BBC’s decision to lead Wednesday’s night’s news with a judge’s ruling that there were 9 errors of fact in “An inconvenient truth.”

Oliver says the Nobel prize is “controversial” as the award raises the question “What does climate change have to do with world peace?”

Well Craig, there’s this little thing called an ecosystem. All our lives depend on it. When it gets too damaged to support life, we are going to have to fight over the dwindling store of global life -supporting goodness.

I’m not a judge or a scientist, so I would have thought that 9 “errors” was about normal for a documentary. It’s a truism that, if you know about any topic, you will always find any media reports about that topic to be full of gaping holes.

I would have thought, in this context, that a more suitable topic for the BBC News to consider would be why would anyone spend the enormous sums required to take such a case to the High Court to stop schools showing a documentary? Hadn’t they thought of contacting the school or the local education committee, if they were that stressed about it?

How much did this little exercise cost “school governor Stewart Dimmock, from Dover, a father of two, who is a member of the New Party.”?

The judge awarded Mr Dimmock two-thirds of his estimated legal costs of more than £200,000, against the government.

Are there many parents/school governors out there who are so rich beyond the dreams of avarice that they will spend a sum that would take about 15 years to earn at a minimum wage rate on telling teachers what documentaries they can show in schools?

The New Party? Who are these legally minded philanthropists? Given the sums of money at their disposal, cosying up to them looks like almost as canny a financial move as a brief marriage to a former Beatle.

3 thoughts on “Gore, Nobel Prize and the BBC…

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  2. An unfortunate and unavoidable coincidence of the century in which we live is that the earth is now at the perihelion, and is therefore about four million miles nearer to the sun than at the aphelion; this should be made quite clear to pupils being subjected to climate change propaganda. The suggestion that climate change is entirely man made is incorrect and should not be supported or taught in schools. The staff at the Met Office will naturally accept that climate change and global warming is a reality, due to the perihelion effect, but will also accept that human activities are not the sole cause. They may be reluctant to point this out to their political funders who will be sure to spin any published material on the subject that may be available to the general public.
    Dave Griffiths, Kingsbridge

  3. It’s not technically at perihelion until January the 3rd, after which it will recede again, but this is nothing to do with the century, the Earth approaches perihelion on an annual basis. You may be mistaking perihelion with variation in the eccentricity of the Earth’s orbit, which is a 100kyr or 400kyr cycle. This change and a few others like how the axis of the Earth tilts are known as Milankovitch cycles and might lead us to expect some warning. However, we know about these cycles from the geological record and what’s really interesting is that the current warming doesn’t appear to fit these cycles. I think it’s possible you may have been misinformed.

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