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Monday 22 December  
VVD MP wants to privatise Dutch met office
Jacqueline Nolan's picture
The Hague, Netherlands
The Hague, Netherlands

Dutch government party accuses weather service of bias

Published on : 28 June 2011 - 12:48pm | By Jacqueline Nolan (Photo: Google images)
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A member of the conservative VVD party, the senior partner in the two-party coalition government, has accused the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) of being biased on the subject of climate change. As a result it is discussing drastic changes for the weather office - possibly slashing its subsidy of 60 million euro.

VVD MP René Leegte says the KNMI is too influenced by the research conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Mr Leegte will submit a motion in parliament today, calling on Deputy Environment Minister Joop Atsma to privatise the institute. The MP said the subject of privatisation had been broached before, but he would like to put the idea into action.

“Climate alarmists”
Mr Leegte has called the IPCC “climate alarmists” and rebuked the Dutch weather office for accepting its conclusions on carbon emissions and rising global temperatures so readily, while other research has produced different findings. The conservative MP says 20 percent of KNMI scientists are biased when it comes to the research.

Established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the IPCC is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change.

Undisputedly objective
Reacting to Mr Leegte’s criticism, KNMI spokesperson Cees Molenaars said the institute and the government were negotiating about its future role. “Mr Atsma has a concrete action plan for the KNMI, which he will probably present to parliament after the summer recess,” he said, “but the objective stance of our meteorological office is undisputed.”

An independent review committee recently concluded that KNMI is impartial in its approach, in compliance with the integrity guidelines of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the WMO, argued Mr Molenaars.

Hard evidence
Labour Party MP Diederik Samson has said the VVD should not make damaging accusations unless it has  hard proof that the KNMI is biased. If the VVD’s accusations are groundless, then they should be withdrawn, Mr Samson said. “The air around these allegations has to be cleared.”


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David Berridge 30 June 2011 - 2:37am / Canada

Even though the party mentioned in the article is the VVD, it is in actuality performing at the bidding of Geert and the PVV.

David Berridge 30 June 2011 - 2:35am / Canada

Now the PVV even disagrees with and suspects the weather service! It doesn't matter who anyone is or is with, disagrree or don't follow PVV oders, and you're in trouble!!

Gabi 29 June 2011 - 11:27pm / Netherlands (German expat)

I think this is - excuse my French - f*cking nuts. Who are these nimrods, and how did they ever get in power? This is about the lamest excuse for privatization I ever heard. Privatization means not less bias - it means more bias, but not in favor of humans and nature, but in favor of the capital! What else do they need in terms of proof that we are going right towards the biggest catastrophe which mankind ever encountered?

First they slash culture and arts, then psychiatric patients, and now they want to trash the Earth? It might just be time for me to move back to my home country soon, before this gets any worse. At least they will switch off their nuclear power stations there.

Nee-derland, Oh Nee-derland. What has happened to you?

Vera Gottlieb 29 June 2011 - 7:10pm / Germany

Perhaps this member of the conservative party has a better explanation as to what is going on with the weather all over the world? Would be very interesting to hear.

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