Former chancellor Lord Nigel Lawson believes his critical view of climate change resulted in the BBC banning him from its network. According to his editorial in the Daily Mail, he said the network caved to complaints about some comments he made back in February on Radio 4’s Today program.
Debates about climate change
Lord Lawson has taken part in debates about global warming and also written books on the topic. He accuses the BBC of closing down debates about it after his Feb. 13 participation in a debate about climate change. He calls the BBC “Stalinist” and accuses it of banning him based on the “deluge of complaints” it received from Green Party members and those who have an interest in renewable energy. The complaints were in response to the debate between Lord Lawson and scientist Sir Brian Hoskins.
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The former chancellor is not a scientist, so some of those who complained said his comments are not based on scientific models, research, or computer modeling, reports The Independent. Lord Lawson made comments like “nobody knows” how bad climate change is and that last year was “unusually quiet” in terms of tropical storms.
In his editorial, he said computer models don’t provide the “evidence” the scientific community requires. He noted that these models are “simply conjectures, expressed in the form of