Galapagos sea lions: New BBC climate scare

The BBC reports that Galapagos sea lions are leaving the islands and colonising the waters off Northern Peru.  To be fair, the reason they give is warmer waters in Peru, not intolerable heating in the Galapagos, but this is certainly being retailed as another “species driven away by rising global temperatures” story.  All grist to the Warmists’ mill.

I was a little surprised by this story, since only eight weeks ago, in December, I was personally in the Galapagos for a week, and I visited a number of islands.  I can testify that the place was crawling with sea lions.  Before we even got to our boat, we found sea lions (they’re cute, by the way, but they smell pretty bad) calmly sleeping on the bench seats on the jetty.  The beaches were black with sea lions.  Some of the pathways we used were blocked by the animals, and we had to do some orchestrated hand-clapping to get them to move.

On one occasion I was sitting resting under a tree on the beach after a swim, and a sea lion came up within toe-prodding distance, and settled down to sleep in the shade, in a companionable sort of way.

Despite straddling the Equator, the Galapagos are relatively cool, because they sit right in the middle of the “Cromwell Current”, or the Pacific Equatorial Current, which is a cool under-sea current running east along the Equator in mid-Pacific.  The first obstruction it meets is the Galapagos.  The islands, and the undersea mountain on which they sit, force this cool current to the surface.  That is why the Galapagos are home to the most northerly penguins in the world.  The penguin is essentially an Antarctic animal, but courtesy of the Cromwell Current they thrive on the Galapagos.

The BBC later published a correction, saying they meant fur seals, not sea lions. Fur seals are much less abundant than sea lions on the Galapagos, but we saw a fair number of those, too.

So why is the BBC so dedicated to global warming scare stories?  Many complaints have been made, and the BBC Trust is conducting another investigation into bias.  But the Daily Express has come up with a cogent explanation.

The BBC Pension Fund, with 58,000 members, manages assets worth around £8 billion.   It is the only media organisation in Britain whose pension fund is a member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, which has more than 50 members across Europe.   Its chairman is Peter Dunscombe, also the BBC’s Head of Pensions Investment.  Its policy is to use its investment muscle to promote climate mitigation and green industries.

So the pension prospects of tens of thousands of current and former BBC employees depend, to an extent, on maintaining the Great Carbon Myth.  Tell me, someone, how do you spell “Conflict of Interests”?

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5 Responses to Galapagos sea lions: New BBC climate scare

  1. John Catley says:

    They also corrected several other things too.

    The most telling was that the warming sea may not be a result of climate change after all, as the research is still in its early stages!!!!

    You might have thought someone would check things like that before putting it up as a serious item.

  2. One of my many correspondents points out that ocean temperatures in the Eastern Pacific and around Peru are highly variable depending on the El Nino cycle, and that any changes are probably down to that. As average global temperatures have changed less than 1 degree in a century, several degrees in no time doesn’t sound like climate change.

  3. Phil Burrows says:

    Whilst I agree with you about El Nino, the whole pension thing sounds a bit far fetched doesn’t it?

  4. I don’t think so, Phil. At £8 bn, the BBC has one of the UK’s biggest pension funds, and it’s headed by a guy who chairs an organisation promoting investment in green industries. That’s as clear a conflict of interests as Al Gore’s earnings from carbon trading.

  5. Riddi of England says:

    conflict of interest…

    it is probably worse than stated.
    The BBC pension scheme is FULLY FUNDED.
    Thus if the scheme cannot meet its obligations the poor bloody taxpayer ( me our children our grand children etc etc) picks up the shortfall!!
    Any profit of course is subsumed by by the members.
    Kind of Heads i win tails you lose.
    The biggest winner is Dunscomb.

    This and other scams will lead to violence I fear.
    (seriously do appreciate your efforts in the Lubyanka lovenest !!)

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