Blog readers in Europe and Asia must forgive us North Americans our obsession with media commentators who continue to dissemble on climate change. And those in the U.S. must forgive our specific outrage with a local rag called the Vancouver Province (the DeSmogBlog is based in Vancouver).
In an open letter to the Royal Society, reported here, Dr. Tim Ball says that ‘scientific inquiry is unique because it requires falsifiability’ and ‘The beauty of science is that no issue is ever “settled”, that no question is beyond being more fully understood, that no conclusion is immune to further experimentation. And yet for the first time in history, the Royal Society is shamelessly using the media to say emphatically: “case closed” on all issues related to climate change.’
It's been out for a couple of weeks now, but make sure you don't miss this article in “This” Magazine – a smart, thoughtful publication, grown locally up here in Canada.
It's a good primer to the way that public relations has been employed in Canada with regards to climate change. If you've been listening at all to the discussion north of the border, you've heard the phrase “made in Canada” a hundred thousand times. But did you know where that came from? It's a legacy of the Canadian Coalition for Responsible Environmental Solutions, which was a coalition manufactured in 2002 by National Public Relations, Canada's largest PR firm.
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.