Having failed last year to discredit the International Panel on Climate Change, the Fraser Institute is hoping to have better luck brainwashing today’s youth. The ExxonMobil-funded organization has developed a global-warming booklet for distribution to high school students and teachers across Canada.
Allegedly aimed at “helping them understand the issue and make their own decisions about what actions are needed,” the manuscript was compiled by rookie scientists and retirees with strong ties to oil and gas pressure groups.
The Fraser Institute booklet, Understanding Climate Change, released March 6, evades debate as to whether the world is warming or to what extent warming is caused by human activity. Instead, a Fraser official said it was,
nice descriptions of what scientists know about the climate, how they are measuring it and what still remains uncertain.”
Fraser has received annual grants from oil-giant ExxonMobil and has a long history of opposing environmental laws and regulations, mainly by throwing seeds of doubt on the seriousness, consequences and solutions to global warming on behalf of the fossil-fuel industry.
The basis for the current Fraser Institute booklet, ironically, is the same 1,600-page IPCC report it sought to trash a year ago. Not surprisingly, Fraser is pitching the identical message in its current diatribe – that climate change may not be happening or, if it is happening, it may be “a good or bad thing.”
It appears the main weapon for countering the compelling scientific evidence is uncertainty!