Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Billionaire Entrepreneur Richard Branson, head of the Virgin Group, who sometimes features on WUWT for his strong pro climate advocacy views, has upset fellow travellers by allowing airtime for prominent British climate skeptic James Delingpole.
According to the Virgin website;
“In everything I write, I try to be as honest as I can and cleave to the truth as much as possible.” This week we welcome journalist, author broadcaster James Delingpole to the show. James is an extremely provocative man, and he believes that fears over climate change are unfounded.
I should stress that James’ views are in direct contradiction to the Virgin house view, and I think it is to Virgin’s great credit that they are prepared to hear and give airtime to the other side of such a divisive argument.
Where James and Virgin do agree, however, is on the issue of the legalization of drugs, and this is where our conversation takes us next. “Politicians are not addressing drugs laws,” says James, “for fear of headlines in the Daily Mail.” What a sad state of affairs.
Listen to the Podcast here
The greens have responded strongly to yet another incursion of unsanctioned climate views into mainstream media;
Aside from the facial hair and the petrol-guzzling international airline, one thing Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson is known for is his passion for fighting climate change.
“We need every person on Earth to acknowledge that climate change is real, and encourage each other and our leaders to address the challenge,” wrote billionaire Branson last year.
So with this in mind, some listeners might find it odd to hear on the latest official Virgin podcast that human-caused climate change is not a fact agreed upon by every credible science academy on the planet, but is instead “essentially a bankrupt theory.”
These were the words of James Delingpole, the British polemicist, climate science denialist and guest of Dominic Frisby, the writer, comedian and Virgin podcast host.
In a knockabout 20-minute segment full of laughs and japes, Virgin podcast listeners can hear how volcanoes emit more carbon dioxide than humans, that global warming stopped 18 years ago and how wind turbines are “bat chomping eco-crucifixes” (Frisby especially liked that one).
I doubt this podcast represents a significant shift in Richard Branson and Virgin’s position on climate change. However it is not the first time Richard Branson has been criticised by greens, though usually criticism is for the apparent contradiction between Branson’s public views, and his carbon intensive business activities and lifestyle.