CNSNews has run an attack on Al Gore, saying An Inconvenient Truth should be disqualified from the Oscar it is widely expected to win for best documentary. The attack was based on a book entitled “Eco-Freaks,” which downplayed the threat to polar bears posed by global warming. But a story in the London Sunday Times backs the former US vice-president.
Our Australian friend Tim Lambert tipped DeSmog to this article in La Presse, Montreal’s largest newspaper, debunking the deniers’ arguments and linking them to such notorious organizations as the American Enterprise Institute, Cato Institute and Vancouver’s Fraser Institute.
Drawing a fine bead on the messenger, a small contingent of global warming deniers has attacked Republican senator John McCain for saying inaction on climate change by the Bush administration has had damaging consequences.
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.