It was great Ė a bit like that No Pressure video that the enviro-loons made a few years ago, only better because this time the victims werenít blameless schoolchildren but grisly, puffed-up, righteously eco, Trump-and-Brexit-hating TV and newspaper Environment Correspondents, all of whom hate my guts. (They hate yours too, so donít get smug.)
The occasion was a press conference hosted by the Global Warming Policy Foundation for Myron Ebell, head of the Trump administrationís Environmental Protection Agency transition team. Satanís Emissary, as liberals prefer to think of him.
Ebell had come to tell them about Trumpís plans for the environment and energy, which I wonít repeat here because you know them already. (Itís going to be beautiful, thatís all you need to remember.)
No, the reason I went wasnít to hear what Ebell had to say but to watch how his audience reacted.
You know that scene in The Omenwhen Damienís parents try to take him into a church? It was a bit like that. Or maybe the one in The Exorcist, where Reganís head does a 360 degree spin.
They hated it. (Especially the bit where Ebell told them that Trump would definitely be pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate treaty (external - login to view)) They couldnít believe what they were hearing. They curled their lips. They laced their questions with the bitterest scorn. But they didnít really tune into Ebellís measured, silken, soft-spoken answers because, hell, they knew what he was saying just had to be wrong and they didnít really understand what he meant anyway.
The reporter who set the tone Ė and if nothing else, youíve got to admire his honesty Ė was the one from Channel 4 News who told Ebell: ďIt will occur to you that this room is full of people like myself who consider that nothing you say has any basis in fact. So what youíve been telling us is essentially meaningless.Ē
Ebell replied with some painful home truths. ďElections are surprising thingsÖĒ he began and went on to explain to the mystified audience why and how it was that Brexit happened and Trump happened.
Basically, he argued Ė perhaps channelling Michael Gove Ė people have had enough of the ďExpertariatĒ. And with good reason: ďThe expert class is full of arrogance and hubris.Ē
DELINGPOLE: Trump's Climate Plans Just Made the Media's Heads Explode (external - login to view)
video of the event