France’s top weatherman forced off air.

Posted: October 14, 2015 by Andrew in climate

imageThe Daily Telegraph reports that Philippe Verdier has written a controversial book on climate. It has caused something of a kerfuffle, at a sensitive time, on the brink of the Paris conference.

The Telegraph reports:

Every night, France’s chief weatherman has told the nation how much wind, sun or rain they can expect the following day.
Now Philippe Verdier, a household name for his nightly forecasts on France 2, has thrown caution to the wind with a more controversial announcement – criticising the world’s top climate change experts.
Mr Verdier claims in the book Climat Investigation (Climate Investigation) 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.
According to Mr Verdier, top climate scientists, who often rely on state funding, have been “manipulated and politicised”.
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 not allow us to envisage if the natural rhythm will tomorrow lead us towards a fall, a stagnation or a rise (in temperature).”
The 330-page book also controversially contains a chapter on the “positive results” of climate change in France, one of the countries predicted to be the least affected by rising temperatures. “It’s politically incorrect and taboo to vaunt the merits of climate change because there are some,” he writes, citing warmer weather attracting tourists, lower death rates and electricity bills in mild winters, and better wine and champagne vintages.
Asked whether he had permission from his employer to release the book, he said: “I don’t think management liked it, let’s be honest.”
“I put myself via this investigation on the path of COP 21, which is a bulldozer, and we can see the results.”
The book was criticised by French newspaper Le Monde as full of “errors”. “The models used to predict the average rise in temperatures on the surface of the globe have proved to be rather reliable, with the gap between observations and predictions quite small,” it countered.
Mr Verdier told France 5: “Making these revelations in the book, which I absolutely have the right to do, can pose problems for my employer given that the government (which funds France 2) is organising COP [the climate change conference]. In fact as soon as you a slightly different discourse on this subject, you are branded a climate sceptic.”
He said he decided to write the book in June 2014 when Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, summoned the country’s main weather presenters and urged them to mention “climate chaos” in their forecasts.
“I was horrified by this discourse,” Mr Verdier told Les Inrockuptibles magazine. Eight days later, Mr Fabius appeared on the front cover of a magazine posing as a weatherman above the headline: “500 days to save the planet.”
Mr Verdier said: “If a minister decides he is Mr Weatherman, then Mr Weatherman can also express himself on the subject in a lucid manner.
“What’s shameful is this pressure placed on us to say that if we don’t hurry, it’ll be the apocalypse,” he added, saying that “climate diplomacy” means leaders are seeking to force changes to suit their own political timetables.
According to L’Express magazine, unions at France Television called for Mr Verdier to be fired, but that Delphine Ernotte, the broadcaster’s chief executive, initially said he should be allowed to stay “in the name of freedom of expression”.

  1. oldbrew says:

    ‘I’m in shock,” he told RTL radio.
    If he read any of the blogs like this one, he would have been shocked NOT to get the cold shoulder for daring to express his climate views while still in paid employment.

    The world doesn’t work like that these days, as he now knows 😦

    Here’s how it really works:

    ‘Danish University Fires Professor Who Criticised Wind Turbines’

  2. Stephen Richards says:

    The most beautiful is Evelyn Déliât ( i have a signed photo for my 60 the birthday). This is quite common in socialist France. A little while back one of france’s best known interviewers gave Sarkozy a grilling and was subsequently removed tout de suite.

  3. Stephen Richards says:

    The government doesn’t fund any TV. We do with a TV tax like UK. France has several government channels France 2, 3, 5.

  4. oldbrew says:

    A bit of controversy should at least help book sales 🙂

  5. p.g.sharrow says:

    The EMPIRE is naked and will murder you if you point that out. They know that, without mandatory funding their world is coming to an END. More fiscal conservative politicians are advancing on them and will cut their funding. The AGW gravy train is stalling before it reaches the Grand Station of Vast Funds…pg

  6. Berényi Péter says:

    Is an English translation already in the press? Why not?

  7. Bob Weber says:

    A courageous man who earned my respect. ‘Even bad publicity is good publicity’, as the saying goes, so this man’s action will reverberate in his culture and beyond. The action is in the reaction.

  8. It is sad that an honest truthful man is punished for telling the absolute truth, and the big powerful bullies selling the climate change lies go unpunished and continue making billions of dollars on their stupid green energy. Our energy costs will go sky high and become unaffordable for a lot od people

  9. Richard111 says:

    Let us know when the English translation is available. I would like to add this book to my collection.

  10. oldbrew says:

    If he causes inconvenience to politicians he can expect more of this.

    ‘Climate skeptics are “a******s,” says French politician’

    Off with his head! That’ll be the next one…

  11. Adam Gallon says:

    “unions at France Television called for Mr Verdier to be fired”

    Unions calling for somebody to be fired & that somebody’s not a manager? Interesting twist.

  12. oldbrew says:

    Berényi Péter says: ‘Is an English translation already in the press? Why not?’

    The French paperback version goes for £45 at Amazon – no reviews so far.

  13. Ric Werme says:

    I expected the comment processor would pick up a quote along with my link above. This from the middle will do better:

    In 2003 Barbra Streisand attempted to suppress photographs taken of her house, and a meme was born.

    She sued aerial photographer Kenneth Adelman for displaying a photograph of her home in Malibu, California, published as part of a series of photos of the California coastline that he was taking for a photographic project.

    Her legal action was later dismissed under California law – but she was probably more upset by the 420,000 visits in a month to the site where her photo was published. Naturally, these all came after the news of her legal action made headlines around the world.

  14. hunter says:

    Extremist hacks are all for free speech and counter cultural thinking as long as they get to silence anyone who disagrees.
    Climate kooks are nothing if not extremist hacks.

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    Noone expects the French Inquisition!!!

  16. oldbrew says:

    Meteorologist Verdier Fights Back: Petition Against Laurent Fabius’s Orwellian-Style Tactics And Fear Of “Climate Chaos”

  17. oldbrew says:

    ‘Met Office shown to be wrong by its own data’

    ‘In recent years the organisation’s forecasts have become skewed by its obsession with global warming’

    Quote: ‘Imagine if Michael Fish, our most famous weatherman, had been sacked by the BBC for writing a book accusing the world’s climate scientists of having “manipulated” their data to promote panic over global warming. Something similar made headlines in France last week when its “top TV weatherman”, Philippe Verdier, was taken off air by the state-owned France 2 channel for writing a book claiming that we have all been made “hostages to a planetary scandal over climate change”.’

  18. Power Grab says:

    I just ordered the last copy from Amazon.

    Now those 3 years of studying French will finally be put to use!

  19. tallbloke says:

    Power Grab: Please let us know if the book contains any contact info for the author, (but don’t post it openly here, I will email you if you say there is).


  20. Jerry says:

    Does anyone know: will there be an English translation? My “reading French” classes were 55 years ago.