On this week’s GPS show on CNN, Fareed Zakaria had eminent newspaper editor Sir Harold Evans as a guest, following the publication of Evans’ latest book, “Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well matters”. Inevitably, the chat got around to climate change. Let me add a bit of perspective – the eastern half of the USA is experiencing record levels of cold, with temperatures lower than those at the surface of frozen Mars. The numbers are scary, and certainly mean that the average temperature of the globe, a mean extracted from thousands of local temperature measurements, will be lower than it would have been had this cold weather not occurred. I sat down and waited to see how the Climate Change-Global Warming cabal would react. I did not expect them to be scientifically consistent, and I was right. Their explanation? “It’s just weather.” In a nutshell, the official line is “if it’s cold, it’s weather; if it’s hot, it’s Climate Change.”
Back to Fareed’s interview:
Sir Harold Evans:
“I don’t expect everybody to write like Charles Dickens or William Shakespeare. I don’t care if you have a misplaced semicolon. I’m not even worried if you use the wrong word occasionally. But I’m really incensed when in business, and politics, and insurance in particular, I see [inaudible] distortion and deception of ordinary people.”
(At this point, they scrolled a transcript of a Donald Trump statement).
“Actually, we’ve had times when the weather wasn’t working out, so they changed it to extreme weather, and they have all different names, you know, so that it fits the bill. But the problem we have, and if you look at our energy costs, and all of the things that we’re doing to solve a problem that I don’t think in any major fashion exists…so I am not a believer and I will, unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe there’s weather, I believe there’s change, and I believe it goes up, and it goes down, and it goes up again. And it changes depending on years and centuries. But I am not a believer and we have much bigger problems.”
“Aaaaargh! What’s wrong is that it’s non-comprehension of what climate change is all about. He just thinks it’s weather, and everybody who’s studied it for five minutes knows that it’s not just weather.”
I wonder if Sir Harold (now in his ninetieth year) would be equally incensed if I were to point out to him that he, along with most of the media that lean a little to port, is guilty as heck of using his platform to practice “distortion and deception of ordinary people.”