The BBC is determined to present the outcome of the Climate Change debacle in Durban as some sort of triumph and this was all too evident with this interview with Lord Stern this morning. What struck me was the way in which he was allowed to waffle without interruption; the way in which he was allowed to present unsubstantiated claims as incontrovertible facts; the way in which any dissenting voices on Durban were ruthlessly expunged from the debate. Also note the way in which the debate was framed…
“Lord Nicholas Stern, chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics analyses whether the deal goes far enough.”
Not a hint of bias there, right?
You have to admire the pro-EU spin that Richard Black – the BBC’s resident eco-alarmist – served up here.
Nations seeking a strong climate change deal at the UN talks received a rebuff as draft texts proposed future emission cuts kicking in after 2020. The EU and many countries vulnerable to climate impacts say that is too late to prevent major consequences, and cuts should start well before. They also want to ensure that future deal would be legally binding on all.
But the draft texts written by chairs of overnight talks do not specify a legally binding outcome. This year’s talks in South Africa are not intended to produce a new binding agreement. But the EU and its allies from the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis) and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are seeking a firm roadmap towards such an agreement, and soon.
So, the eco-cultists have failed to impose their agenda, again, but the BBC spins it so as to ensure that even in this admitted failure, the EU are the good guys.