BBC shuns Bellamy, according to an article in the Daily Express, 5 Nov 2008. David Bellamy is a botanist who has written 35 books and presented over 400 TV programmes about plants and the environment. His enthusiastic style made him a great favourite with audiences, but for the last 10 years he has hardly been seen on the BBC, who had broadcast many of his programmes. Although Bellamy continued to send ideas for programmes, he refused to get on the man-made global warming bandwagon. He commented: “I am a scientist and I have to follow the directions of science but when I see that the truth is being covered up I have to voice my opinions. According to official data, in every year since 1998 world temperatures have been getting colder, and in 2002 Arctic ice actually increased. Why, then, do we not hear about that? The sad fact is that since I said I didn’t believe human beings caused global warming I’ve not been allowed to make a TV programme. My absence has been noticed, because wherever I go I meet people who say: ‘I grew up with you on the television, where are you now?'” He went on to explain: “Climate change is all about cycles, it’s a natural thing and has always happened. When the Romans lived in Britain they were growing very good red grapes and making wine on the borders of Scotland. It was evidently a lot warmer. If you were sitting next to me 10,000 years ago we’d be under ice. So thank God for global warming for ending that ice age; we wouldn’t be here otherwise.”
Bellamy expressed his frustration at politicians who want to tax people to pay for anti-global warming projects. He said: “The thing that annoys me most is that there are genuine environmental problems that desperately require attention. I’m still an environmentalist, I’m still a Green and I’m still campaigning to stop the destruction of the biodiversity of the world. But money will be wasted on trying to solve this global warming ‘problem’ that I would much rather was used for looking after the people of the world.” He concluded with: “Mother nature will balance things out but not if we interfere by destroying rainforests and overfishing the seas. That is where the real environmental catastrophe could occur.” One of the Daily Express readers commented in the readers’ comment blog: “I would suggest that copies of this interview be sent to every school in the land, to be read after the children have seen “An Inconvenient Truth”. Posted by: Lodekka http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/users/profile/Lodekka 08.11.08, 8:08pm.
Editorial Comment: Bellamy’s experience is a reminder that the global warming debate is not about science. It is about which scientists those who have power in media and government choose to believe and promote. This is why Creation Research has produced two DVDs on climate change. The same applies to the creation evolution debate. Notice how much media Richard Dawkins received, and how much the atheists will continue to receive during the Darwin anniversary, in spite of the fact a significant number of the British population, who fund the BBC, believe in creation. (Ref. Politics, environmentalism, weather)
Evidence News 12 Dec 2008