French weatherman Verdier ‘sacked’ for writing skeptic climate change book ahead of UN summit
A famous French weatherman has broadcast the news of his sacking in an online video, saying he was fired for writing a book challenging climate change. It comes just weeks before Paris is set to host a UN conference on the controversial topic.
Philippe Verdier, arguably France’s most popular weatherman, is the author of the book ‘Climat Investigation’ (Climate Investigation), in which he accuses state-funded climate change scientists of having been “manipulated”and “politicized.”He goes on to accuse the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of publishing deliberately misleading data.
Verdier also says that global warming could be a positive thing for France, boosting tourism, reducing energy bills, and improving health.
The weatherman said he was inspired to write the book after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met with TV meteorologists and asked them to highlight climate change issues in their broadcasts.