Rarely do we meet those who have made careers selling us lies. Consider the oddball doctors who took tobacco money to deny a link between cigarette smoking and cancer, or the handful of scientists who take oil and coal money to discredit global warming science, or the people who have done both.
Last week, students in Wisconsin and Michigan stepped up to such an opportunity when CFACT Campus, the student arm of a well-known cabal of fossil fuel apologists, hosted climate change denier Willie Soon at several campus events around the country.
Continuing with his speaking tour, Jim speaks today at the University of Western Ontario, in London, ON.
Western is a great university, with a highly regarded business school that pumps a lot of Canada's top executives out into the world. That's why I'm delighted that he's bringing the DeSmogBlog message to Western – because if we're going to bring about the change we need in this world, we need the leaders of the business community on-side. I hope that the ripples from this talk, and from our work with this site, trickle out and start to make people think differently.
The DeSmogBlog team will be at the 7:20 showing at Tinseltown, handing out our lovely stickers and taking in the show. We'd love to meet any readers in attendance – please don't hesitate to introduce yourself if you spot us.
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.