Are the Conservatives slowly thawing their heated opinions on climate change?
There are signs that Canada's Environment Minister Rona Ambrose and the Harper Conservatives may be changing their tune, albeit very slightly. According to today's Globe and Mail Ambrose stated that, “she would support spending federal money on such [Kyoto carbon] credits if they could be verified by a third party and counted toward the government's Kyoto targets.” It's something, I guess.
But this news does come on the heels of yet another blunder yesterday by the waried Minister at the helm of Canada's climate change policy…
The Victoria Times Colonist has taken a swipe at skeptics in a recent editorial acknowledging climate change and the role played by greenhouse-gas emissions in global warming. In the same issue, Prince Charles says he intends to revise his travel plans in a bid to avert global warming.
Here is a great example of spin, this time by the oil-money backed Media Research Centre and it's affiliated group “NewsBusters.” The goal of the intrepid team at Newsbusters is to “expose and combat liberal media bias.” Well, here's a little bias from News Busters themselves.
According to a recent UK Telegraph story, an upcoming report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will claim that “mankind has less of an affect on global warming than previously supposed.” A leading UK climate scientist explains that this downgrade is a refinement simply “due to better data on how the climate works rather than a reduction in the risk posed by global warming.”
Far from being the whole story, the Telegraph article goes on to paint a pretty grim picture indeed, but Newsbusters would like us all think something quite different…
Colorado's Rocky Mountain News adds two more bits to the government muzzling of climate change science file today. Pieter Tans, a senior scientist at NOAA's lab in Boulder says that he was banned from using the word “Kyoto” four years ago and more recently banned from talking about “climate change” at a carbon dioxide measurement conference.
Sen. James Inhofe, Outgoing Environment and Public Works Committee chair, has once again tripped over the facts in his mission to stifle the scientific consensus that humans are to blame for climate change. But his successor on the committee appears to be singing a different tune. Are policy changes in the offing?
Democracy is utterly dependent upon an electorate that is accurately informed. In promoting climate change denial (and often denying their responsibility for doing so) industry has done more than endanger the environment. It has undermined democracy.
There is a vast difference between putting forth a point of view, honestly held, and intentionally sowing the seeds of confusion. Free speech does not include the right to deceive. Deception is not a point of view. And the right to disagree does not include a right to intentionally subvert the public awareness.