France's Top Weatherman Questions Climate Change, Is Promptly Suspended

The chief weatherman at France Télévisions, the country’s state broadcaster, has been suspended for publicly criticizing climate alarmism in his new book Climat Investigation. Philippe Verdier, a household name in France, claims in his book that influential climatologists and political leaders have “taken the world hostage” with fraudulent data.

In a promotional video, Mr Verdier said: “Every night I address five million French people to talk to you about the wind, the clouds and the sun. And yet there is something important, very important that I haven’t been able to tell you, because it’s neither the time nor the place to do so.”

He added: “We are hostage to a planetary scandal over climate change -- a war machine whose aim is to keep us in fear.”

Mr. Verdier also claims that state-funded climate scientists have been “manipulated and politicized”:

He specifically challenges the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, saying they “blatantly erased” data that went against their overall conclusions, and casts doubt on the accuracy of their climate models.

The IPCC has said that temperatures could rise by up to 4.8°C if no action is taken to reduce carbon emissions.

Mr Verdier writes: “We are undoubtedly on a plateau in terms of warming and the cyclical variability of the climate doesn’t not allow us to envisage if the natural rhythm will tomorrow lead us towards a fall, a stagnation or a rise (in temperature).”

France 2 acted swiftly to suppress this inconvenient truth. Verdier told RTL radio:

I received a letter telling me not to come. I'm in shock. This is a direct extension of what I say in my book, namely that any contrary views must be eliminated.

When asked if he has permission from France 2 to release the book, he said:

I don’t think management liked it, let’s be honest. I put myself via this investigation in the path of COP 21, which is a bulldozer, and we can see the results.

COP 21 is the annual Conference of Parties, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, which takes place in Paris this December.

In his recent 60 Minutes interview, President Barack Obama claimed to be leading the world in getting an international accord in Paris -- but according to recent reports, negotiators have all but given up on getting an enforceable deal.