Especially If You’re A Weatherman!
Philippe Verdier is a household name in France, known for his nightly weather forecasts on government television broadcaster France 2. That role ended abruptly on Monday, when he released a promotional video for his new book.
The U.K. Telegraph explains:
Climat Investigation (Climate Investigation) [claims] that leading climatologists and political leaders have “taken the world hostage” with misleading data.
In a promotional video, Mr Verdier said: “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.”
He added: “We are hostage to a planetary scandal over climate change, a war machine whose aim is to keep us in fear.”
His outspoken views led France 2 to take him off the air starting this Monday. “I received a letter telling me not to come. I’m in shock,” he told RTL radio. “This is a direct extension of what I say in my book, namely that any contrary views must be eliminated.”
The book has been released at a particularly sensitive moment as Paris is due to host a crucial UN climate change conference in December.
He specifically challenges the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, saying they “blatantly erased” data that went against their overall conclusions, and casts doubt on the accuracy of their climate models.
The IPCC has said that temperatures could rise by up to 4.8°C if no action is taken to reduce carbon emissions.
Mr Verdier writes: “We are undoubtedly on a plateau in terms of warming and the cyclical variability of the climate doesn’t allow us to envisage if the natural rhythm will tomorrow lead us towards a fall, a stagnation or a rise (in temperature).”
Perhaps Verdier’s fame and the French tradition of embracing persecuted dissenters, will enable the dispute to be openly discussed. Maybe the French government that is hosting the climate conference would prefer to have the public shut up and accept as gospel the proclamations of the assembled governments that their powers must be vastly increased to combat a problem that has been on “pause” for 17 years.
See also; Costly Climate Chatter.