Ben Piles On

Ben Pile doesn’t come here any more, which is a shame. Instead he makes excellent videos which you can see at and he tweets a lot.

For example, he’s been ranting at a lady called Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who, I’ve just learned from Wiki, is Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change, and also “Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency.” (That doesn’t mean “champion” as in: “good at,” but rather in the mediaeval epic sense of “ardent defender of whatever hopeless lost cause my Liege Lord imposes on me.”)

Ben says:

Look at all this virtue fluff. It’s not enough to fill the democratic deficit. The poor are going to be FAR worse off if the climate agenda becomes any more concrete. It is democracy, not political power put out of the voter’s reach, that best represents people’s interests. 

All talk of helping ‘the most vulnerable’ is hollow moral blackmail. Once established, green politics is indifferent to people. We can see that in the treatment of indigenous people by the likes of WWF, which funded murder, rape, torture, and illegal and violent eviction.

It is the very thing that the climate agenda has in its target that has done most for the world’s most vulnerable people. They call it “business as usual.” It has driven unprecedented development in the era seemingly characterised by “catastrophic global warming.”

Seen from that historical perspective, @annietrev’s and her colleagues’ words should be seen for what they are: callous and indifferent to people’s suffering, except when it’s convenient to their political ambitions. She turns ‘vulnerable people’ into puppets.

Those puppets then enact a morality play. But they never get to say what they want, or organise politically on their own terms, because that is anathema to environmentalism. If you’re not a victim, you’re a carbon-spewing baddie.

Well said Ben. I only wish you’d say it here, where you’d get a hundred times more readers, and might even initiate an interesting discussion. 

[You may argue that we preach to the converted at Cliscep, but it’s not necessarily true. When I did an article touching on the activities of our armed forces in the Middle East, we got dozens of visits from ARRSE, which is the official discussion forum for the British Army. You never know who’s reading you.] 

So what had Anne-Marie Trevelyan done to incur Ben’s scorn?

She’d tweeted a link to a little video, in which she had a ten-second walk-on part, along with Christiana Figueres and others – a video to publicise a podcast put out by On it she says:

(inaudible) “… talk to and hear from really the vulnerable countries, so, you know, developing countries mostly, who are at that front end of climate shock risk”

I can see that when you’re a Minister in Her Majesty’s Government it may seem urgent to tweet a link to a two-minute video which is itself an ad for a podcast on which you feature, even if it’s the 106th podcast in a series published on some blog no-one’s heard of. But shouldn’t you take the time to prepare a proper English sentence for your ten seconds of fame? 

Anne-Marie is on just after Kate Gallego, mayor of Phoenix Arizona, who says, loud and clear:

“For some communities, climate change is a future hypothetical event. For Phoenix it is something that is our everyday reality and we prepare for it. My father fancies himself a political consultant and he says if I can just do something about the heat in Phoenix I’ll have a great political career.”

I’ll say. That’s an audible political message if ever I heard one: “Vote for me and I’ll make it cooler in Phoenix, Arizona.” What have you deniers got to say to that?

There’s also Christina Figueres, filmed at an odd angle, as if the camera is under her chair, looking like Naomi Oreskes’ ailing sister, or possibly a bat out of Wuhan. And the Mayor of Accra, Ghana who says: “We in Africa take climate change very seriously, and would love some of those trillions of dollars that are up for grabs. Where do I sign?” or words to that effect. And a nice African lady from the UN, and a scientist. None of them, with the possible exception of the mayor of Phoenix, is a native English speaker, but they all manage to utter proper audible grammatical sentences, except Our Minister. 

And all this in a two minute video that is an ad for a podcast put out by, which is a website set up by two climate refugees from UNFCCC – Christina Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. 

Christina we all know. She was chief gavel-banger at Paris COP21. But what about Tom?

Tom is a Founding Partner of Global Optimism and works across the portfolio of engagements and initiatives. He has spent 20 years working at the intersections of international diplomacy, energy policy and climate change in business, non profit, financial services and international institutions.

Prior to co-founding Global Optimism, Tom was Senior Advisor to the Executive Secretary at the UN Climate Convention where he focussed on the political strategy towards achieving the landmark Paris Agreement in December 2015. Before this he was President and CEO of CDP North America, an entity that utilizes the financial markets to drive greater disclosure of climate change related risks and opportunities in the operations of listed companies. Currently more than 7,000 companies report climate information to CDP, which is then reflected back to investors for use in valuation and asset allocation decisions…

Earlier in his career Tom held roles at Dyson and also spent two years as a Buddhist monk…

“Held roles at Dyson” did he? Is that what Ben means by “virtue fluff”?

CDP North America, of which Tom was President and CEO, is the Carbon Disclosure Project (I’ll show you my emissions if you show me yours”) a nonprofit employing 57 people taking confessions from 2,400+ companies and supported by 157 signatory investors with $46.5 trillion in assets. And he dropped all that to make podcasts with Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

Since Anne-Marie is going to be one of the star turns at the most important meeting ever held in the history of the Universe (Glasgow, Scotland, November) you might like to know more about her. For a Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change she seems to keep a remarkably low profile. She has been Minister of State for the Armed Forces and Secretary of State for International Development and now she’s Ms Clean Growth Adaptation and Resilience. Surely the green -leaning press must be all over her? 

Not so, and a quick scan of the scant press coverage explains why. She’s in favour of fracking and fox hunting, she was attacked in the Commons by Green MP Caroline Lucas for allowing exploitation of a new oil field off the Shetlands, and she wants to widen a major road in her constituency. (Since it’s the A1, which hasn’t been widened since the Romans built it, even the Greens might pardon her that.) Oh, and she received campaign financing from Russian-born businessman Alexander Temerko, who held senior posts in the Russian Defence Ministry in the nineties, was a director of the Russsian Oil Company Yukos, and is now a member of the British Conservative Party. She also participates in Singing for Syrians every week – which sounds like an undercover recruiting drive for ISIS, or possibly a Foreign Office plan to encourage asylum seekers to go home. 

And since the only interest in things environmental she has manifested is a liking for the scenery around Netherwitton Hall, the mansion that has been in her family since the 14th century, and since Berwick on Tweed is the last place in England, if not on earth, which needs to worry about global heating, one must look elsewhere for an explanation for her appointment. And it surely lies in her Champion title, which refers to Adaptation and Resilience. Both words suggest putting up with what Nature throws at you, rather than trying to challenge it by doing anything global. So maybe this is Johnson’s way of indicating that climate change ain’t going to come to an end after Glasgow, and the developing world had better get used to it, and that the UK will help all it can by providing the money for poor African countries to hire British construction companies to build dams, widen roads, explore for oil or whatever, just so long as they promise not to let the Chinese build coal fired power stations. 

All of which is quite interesting, and why Ben’s twitter storm deserves a wider airing. 

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July 11, 2021 at 10:54AM

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