A popular weather forecaster has lost his job at a state-run French television station after releasing and promoting a book that claimed climate change is a scam pushed by the elite.
It was only last month when weatherman Philippe Verdier published his book titled Climat Investigation, which questioned the integrity of over 800 scientists who make up the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change, reports the Irish Times.
Verdier was subsequently suspended from his position at France 2 and he’s now been officially sacked just a month before Paris hosts an important UN climate change conference, reports The Guardian.
The now unemployed Verdier earlier told Les Inrockuptibles magazine that he wrote the book after France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, who will preside over the UN climate conference, urged weathermen to report on “climate chaos.”
And I guess that ticked him off. See a news report by RT about what occurred here:
According to French media reports, Verdie was fired by the TV station because journalists are not allowed to promote personal opinions on subjects they cover.
And his opinions on climate change are strong.
“Every night I address 5 million French people to talk to you about the wind, the clouds, and the sun,” Verdier said in a promotional video for his book.
“Yet there is something important, very important, that I haven’t been able to tell you… We are hostage to a planetary scandal over climate change. A war machine intended to keep us in fear.”
At the heart of this plot, Verdier claims, “are scientists who are manipulated, politicized, conflicts of interest, corruption, sex scandals, politicians who think only of their image and their thirst for power, blind media who get carried away and censor under the pressure of shareholders and advertisers, contradictory financial interests, mercantile NGOs, and religions in search of new beliefs.”
According to The Guardian, Verdier also sent an open letter to French President François Hollande, which said that the upcoming UN climate conference “won’t solve anything.”
“You are dramatizing things to underline your will to gather the world’s powerful and defuse a pending cataclysm,” the letter said.
Verdie’s book publisher said they expected a controversy, but not a sacking. “For me, this incident felt like a crime of opinion, pure and simple,” the publisher said in the RT video above.
‘This demonstrates that there is a real ideological problem in France,’ he said.
American President Barack Obama will be among the top officials from 196 countries attending the UN climate talks in France’s capital.
For an interesting philosophical take on why climate change could be a corrupt scam, see this video by Stefan Molyneux here: