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RT gives free speech to French journalist fired for question

Postby Bill Whatcott » Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:30 am

Top French weatherman makes headlines by joining RT to cover climate summit
Published time: 1 Dec, 2015 03:03
https://www.rt.com/news/324072-french-w ... e-reports/

Well-known French meteorologist Philippe Verdier was fired from a national TV channel after publishing a book challenging the mainstream narrative on climate change. He is now able to do just that on RT France, covering the UN climate summit in Paris.

Verdier has thanked RT for the opportunity, saying that the Russian channel has enabled him to exercise his freedom of speech.

“Thanks to RT in Paris I can do my job of journalist and have the freedom of speech, and I can cover as I want, the COP21 [Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change],” Verdier told RT.

Verdier was the head the France 2 channel’s weather service before he published a book called “Climate Investigation” that voiced his own views on climate change. The controversial book was released in the beginning of October, and by the end of the same month the journalist had lost his job on national television.

“It [the book] got me banned from being on air,” he said.

The French journalist will now have his say on climate issues during the global, two-week Paris Climate Conference, as COP21 is alternatively known, while delivering daily reports on RT France.

Verdier’s new job has created some real hype in the French media – his first RT report was covered by major French news outlets. The headlines focused on both the journalist-critic’s comeback and the fact that he is now working for a Russian TV channel.

“The climate is a golden opportunity to end the year in style by avoiding talking too much on the topics that may angry the public... like the unemployment rates,” the journalist said in his first report from the climate summit.

Verdier explained that he is not a climate change skeptic – that is, someone who does not believe in a link between man and global warming – rather, he is skeptical of the way politicians and the UN have been dealing with the issue and presenting it to the public.

In his book, Verdier lashes out at the practice of having a group of “official” scientists who are accredited by the UN and only follow and publicly deliver the official line on the issue. At the same time, he says any alternative views or research are considered doubtful by default.

“I write that it [climate change and global warming] is important and we need to deal with it. But in the book there is harsh criticism of the United Nations, because for 20 years they tried to deal with this problem and this crisis, and they failed. So my book is really skeptical about the UN and French government,” Verdier said.

Verdier has claimed that scientists and politicians are using the issue of climate change to forward their own interests and making the world needlessly afraid.

“Every evening I tell 5 million French people about wind, clouds and the sun. However, there is also something very important that I couldn’t tell you, because there was no place and no time: we are taken hostage by the worldwide scandal of global warming – a tool of war to keep us afraid. At the heart of it, there are manipulated and politicized scientists; conflicts of interest, corruption, sex scandals. And politicians who are concerned only for their image and thirst for power,” the ex-top weatherman said in a video message.
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Re: RT gives free speech to French journalist fired for ques

Postby Bill Whatcott » Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:07 am

Pope Francis calls on the west to wreck their economies to reduce C02 (plant food) emissions somehow equating the Paris climate summit with the creation of a New Jerusalem. The Pope said he said he hopes the Paris conferece will result in: "global and 'transformational' agreement based on the principles of solidarity, justice, equality and participation; an agreement which targets three complex and interdependent goals: lessening the impact of climate change, fighting poverty and ensuring respect for human dignity." Sure.....
Obama warned of Armaggedan if the world chose to remember the Climategate Scandal and the fact that left leaning scientists at the UK's East Anglia Climate Institute falsified their data to make the earth appear warmer than what it actually is. It is all doom and gloom if we remain skeptical towards the idea that carbon taxes, wealth redistribution, heavily utilizing expensive and unreliable sources of energy such as wind and solar and deliberately eschewing less expensive and more reliable sources such as oil and coal, not to meantion rendering those working in the energy sector jobless, will somehow end drought and hurricanes and ultimately save the planet. "“Submerged countries. Abandoned cities. Fields that no longer grow. Political disruptions that trigger new conflict, and even more floods of desperate peoples seeking the sanctuary of nations not their own,” Obama crowed.

Obama says COP21 is 'act of defiance' against terrorism
Climate change meeting shows international community's resolve to save planet in wake of attacks, US leader says.

30 Nov 2015
Al Jazeera
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/c ... 16546.html

World leaders have opened the UN climate conference in Paris known as COP21, aiming to forge a deal to limit global warming to 2°C.

One Minute Climate Change
Both US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande issued rallying cries to officials on Monday, urging them to commit to reducing emissions.

Obama said his country recognised its role in contributing to the climate change crisis, and would take the lead in fighting against it.

He added that the meeting symbolised a global "act of defiance" that proves the world stands undeterred by attacks linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Europe and beyond.

"What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshalling our best efforts to save it," Obama said.

"Our nations share a sense of urgency about this challenge and a growing realisation that it is within our power to do something about it."

"One of the enemies we'll be fighting at this conference is cynicism ... our progress should give us hope during these two weeks."

EARTHRISE: Long Road to Paris

Earlier, Hollande called on developed states to take ownership of the crisis and help countries threatened by changing weather patterns.

"My thoughts go out to those islands that may soon disappear ... developed countries must take responsibility. They are the ones who for years emitted the most greenhouse gases," Hollande said.

Pope Francis also added his voice to the mix, saying that it was "now or never" for leaders to tackle global warming.

"Every year the problems are getting worse. We are at the limits," he said. "If I may use a strong word I would say that we are at the limits of suicide."

Heads of 147 state and government are in the French capital for the start of two weeks of intense negotiations.

Monday's agenda included speeches by the leaders and environment ministers from a number of countries, including Germany, Iceland, Peru and Scotland.

David Attenborough: I'm here to solve problems of distributing, gathering and storing power from non-polluting sources
A total of 25,000 official delegates hope to secure a legally binding accord for every country to cut carbon emissions.

The accord needs to come into effect from the year 2020, when current commitments from the Kyoto Protocol run out.

The talks hope to resolve the concerns of large developing countries, such as India, that say they are dependent on fossil fuels to spur economic growth, and richer countries, which are moving towards adopting cleaner energy sources but continue to be a big source of emissions.

Smaller and poorer countries that are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change are pressing for a deal that prioritises their safety.

Al Jazeera's Nick Clark, reporting from Paris, said China had previously been seen as an obstacle in reaching a deal, but its leaders had recently stressed the importance of finding renewable alternatives to fossil fuels.

"China has been a big spoiler in previous climate conferences but it seems to have changed its ways and pollution is one of the reasons why ... so they really want to clean up their act on that front," he said.

Obama is due to hold meetings with other world leaders during his two days in Paris, including with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The US leader added: "Let's secure an agreement that builds in ambition where progress paves the way for regularly updated targets. Targets that are not set for each of us but by each of us, taking into account the differences that each nation is facing.

"We know the truth - that many nations have contributed little to climate change but will be the first to feel its most destructive effects.

"I believe in the words of Martin Luther King Jr that there is such a thing as being too late. When it comes to climate change, that hour is almost upon us."

Inside Story: Can world leaders reach agreement on climate change?

The summit comes amid violent clashes between French police and anti-global warming activists who marched despite a ban on public demonstrations brought in after the Paris attacks.

Police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the protesters during one of several events urging world leaders to take stronger measures to prevent climate change on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, in an effort to circumvent security measures implemented after the November 13 attacks, thousands of shoes were placed in the city's sprawling central plaza to represent citizens urging a climate agreement.

Organisers of the display said that the Vatican donated a pair of shoes bearing the name of Pope Francis.

Hundreds of people also formed human chains in the late morning, interlinking arms and hands along the sidewalks between the central Place de la Republique and the Bataclan concert hall, where nearly 100 people were killed in one of the attacks.
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