Do those deeply patronising BBC science correspondents who try to explain to us (as if we were backward children), that “weather” and “climate” are very different things – and therefore we should not assume that the current Arctic conditions cast doubt on the global warming thesis – actually think that they are doing their bit for “objective coverage” of climate change?
Presumably even allowing five seconds of airtime for the question (”Why are we having the coldest winter in thirty years if the planet is becoming dangerously warmer?”) before rubbishing it, counts as fair and balanced coverage. Yes, Miss, I do understand that the words “climate” and “weather” have different definitions, but surely climate change must be expected at some point to have a palpable effect on the weather. (If not, what are we worrying about?)
Unfortunately, there is one categoryof simpletons who seem to have been seriously misled by the weather/climate confusion. Surely the under-supply of grit and rock salt for de-icing Britain’s roads is not unconnected to the fact that the municipal authorities actually believed the global warming propaganda and thought that we would never again be likely to have the sort of winter we are enduring now.