France’s top weatherman has been suspended from his job for questioning the cult of global warming.
Philippe Verdier, a household name for his nightly weather reports on the France 2 channel, has just published a book in which he argues that the climate change industry is a “war machine whose aim to keep us in fear.”
This went down very badly with his employer which is funded by the French government and is ideologically committed to promoting the global warming scare narrative in the run up to the UN’s COP21 climate conference in Paris this December.
“I don’t think management liked it, let’s be honest,” said Verdier, who received a letter on Monday telling him not to turn up to work.
Every night, I present myself to five million French people to talk about the wind, the clouds, the sun. And yet, there are some things of importance, of great importance, that I haven’t been able to tell you, because it is neither the time nor the place.
We are hostage to the planetary scandal of global warming — a war-machine designed to keep us afraid. At its heart, it’s a science manipulated and politicized, of conflict of interest, of corruption, of sexual scandal, then the politics, which serves nothing but their image and their thirst for power.
The media, weakened [or blinded], loses control of itself and engages in censorship due to pressure by shareholders and advertisers.
Oppressive financial interests, a self-serving engine, a new religion, the framework of a new faith…
For good measure, he has also written an open letter to French president Francois Hollande attacking the forthcoming climate talks in Paris:
“I scarcely hear in your words any sincerity, any intention of acting truly for the environment in a manner measured and constructive…
“In two months, France welcomes the COP21, the conference of nations united for the climate. Your political strategy team has told you that it will all come to nothing, like the 20 before it. Then why continue to pretend to be saving the planet?
You, president of the Republic, you cannot support the ultra-politicized scientists of the GEIC, the corporate lobbyists, the NGO environmental groups, nor the self-proclaimed apostles of the new religion of climate.”
Verdier was inspired to write his book out of disgust at the actions of his foreign minister Laurent Fabius, who last year summoned France’s weathermen and asked 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.