Another fishy climate change story lovingly told by BBC/Guardian

We hear lots of politicians speak of ‘opportunism’ by their opponents, but opportunism is not limited to the political class. Environmentalists also never fail to take full advantage of any opportunity to further an agenda – particularly when the agenda concerns climate change.

Listening to BBC Five Live Drive this evening I was left laughing out loud as my climate change bullshit meter was sent off the scale by the story of a rare fish – the vendace – being transported in containers carried by llama to a new location in an attempt to stop them dying out. As I listened I was thinking ‘Is this going to turn out to be tonight’s dose of climate change propaganda?’ and moments later it proved to be so as the story reflected a piece on the BBC Cumbria website which explained:

But the Environment Agency said the species needed to be protected from the warming effects of climate change and its impact on rivers and lakes.

You really could not make this crap up, but clearly the Environment Agency can.  There must be another bid for government funding in preparation.  Now, some of you might be thinking that ridiculing this nonsense is a tad unfair.  But you see the BBC has shot itself in the foot and cut the legs from under the Environment Agency by linking to an almost identical story from just five years ago.  However that previous story gave very different reasons for the move of the vendace fry:

The move was prompted by fears that poor water quality and pollution could wipe them out.

Of climate change there was not even a hint of a mention.  But of course it’s a very different story today. For a start, we have an opportunist political non entity in the form of Lord Chris Smith sitting as Chairman of the Environment Agency and he knows how to set and pursue an agenda.

When the latest chapter of this vendace story first emerged a couple of months ago in the Guardian a reference was made to the vendace in Bassenthwaite dying out back in 1991 due to ‘agricultural pollution, increased sediment and the illegal introduction of new fish species’.  The story went on to say that:

Hopes that the small herring-like fish could be reintroduced once Bassenthwaite had been restored to health have now been abandoned because of predictions of rises in future water temperatures.

Presumably the pollution has gone, the sediment has disappeared and the new fish species that had been introduced have all been caught and deported.  But interestingly there is no mention if that is the case so we don’t know.  Instead the opportunity to force feed readers and listeners with another tale of environmental meltdown due to climate change (which they still insist is caused by humans despite an absence of proof) is seized with both hands and played for all it’s worth.

Anything and everything has some kind of climate change connotation attached to it in order to condition us into accepting the hype and swallowing every self serving and costly measure that will be foisted upon us by those with financial and ideological interests in providing us with ‘solutions’ that combat this faux threat.  This is just the latest piece of spin in that long litany of propaganda.

10 Responses to “Another fishy climate change story lovingly told by BBC/Guardian”


  1. 1 Beast Of No Nation 12/04/2011 at 10:11 pm

    Recently during a conversation about fish, the subject turned to Sticklebacks, I was reminiscing over the days of when I used to catch them in a net, a simple swoop into the water would usually be enough to catch one. Not anymore though according to an associate of mine……”they are extinct” he pipes up with…”fucking global warming got them”. You can guess my reply.

    B.

  2. 2 The Englishman 12/04/2011 at 10:54 pm

    I’ve got a couple more references to the fishyness of this story here – http://www.anenglishmanscastle.com/archives/009654.html

  3. 3 Uncle Badger 13/04/2011 at 12:15 am

    As a gardener, I’ve watched (and listened) to a succession of BBC ‘experts’ pontificating about ‘global warming’ for over a decade.

    Pity the poor wretches who have followed their advice to plant tender subjects which thrive in a dry climate, as ours has ebbed and flowed – as it always has and will.

    Similarly, we have been treated the idiots who pop-up every year to say ‘X is 6 weeks early! It must be global warming!’ bur who are silent the following year, when X is 6 weeks later, once again.

    Quite how one fights this nonsense, I don’t know. It’s back to AGW being unfalsifiable – at least as far as media pundits are concerned.

  4. 4 Martin Brumby 13/04/2011 at 6:54 am

    There is literally no end to this torrent of greenie nonsense.

    Where is the (non computer-model output) evidence of “the warming effects of climate change and its impact on rivers and lakes.”?

    Not to mention the evidence that these small and probably inedible fish care a toss if water temperatures vary by a small (and unmeasured) fraction of natural daily, weekly, seasonal and annual water temperature variation?

    But no-one at the Beeb would dream of asking even the most obvious, even slightly searching question.

    When, as I commented yesterday, Woman’s Hour had their deeply reverent and obsequious “interview” with the saintly Ursula Sladec, and she claimed that Germany would produce ALL their electricity from renewable sources by 2030 – 2035, Jenni Murray didn’t even dare to wonder how this might be accomplished! And this is a woman who heads up a renewable energy company! Would the CEO of a Lignite mining company have got this hagiographic treatment?

    Somehow, I doubt it.

  5. 5 David Jones 13/04/2011 at 6:59 am

    I turn on the bBC nowadays more often than not just to see how long it is before the bullshit meter siren goes off.

    Whether it’s global warming, murderous Israelis or the latest report from some socialist thinktank or university, I never have to wait long (especially in the morning).

  6. 7 Subrosa 13/04/2011 at 10:07 am

    This story’s been doing the rounds since January.
    http://bit.ly/e0N4fV

  7. 8 jameshigham 14/04/2011 at 2:08 pm

    Transported by llama, eh? Across the Andes?

  8. 9 Sparks 14/04/2011 at 2:45 pm

    When the bbc refers to “climate change” it’s always about one aspect of it “man made global warming”.
    What effects of man made global warming have had a serious impact on our planet? Absolutely None!
    Effects due to climatic changes on our planet happen over hundreds of thousands of years.

    The continuous flood of misconceptions being reported daily each one more fantastic than the next has to have point where even the bbc will get a good look at them selves and see how freakishly absurd their reports have become.

    I don’t accept the bbc as an authority on any subject and they do not deserve to be looked upon as tho they are experts on every subject under the sun, they have had the ability for far to long to be able to conjure up “experts”, “think tanks” and polls for any occasion, yet ignore contradictory evidence, facts and even sometimes reality it’s self.

    The bbc will have to employ a lot more psychologists, image consultants, dubious think tanks, experts and spin doctors for me to be convinced by any of their first class, grade A bull shit!

  9. 10 Wilson 15/04/2011 at 12:42 pm

    The vendace thrives in the Castle Loch at Lochmaben in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Or is it Loch Lomond? Or both? Anyway they are doing fine.


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