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In Defence of the Indefensible

As the public relations war over climate change drags on, it becomes ever more apparent that one side has very cleverly manipulated the other into a position where they must defend the indefensible.

You might imagine that in talking about the “indefensible,” I am referring to the “sceptic's” defence of inaction - the corporate and governmental plea to ignore certain science and honour the self-destructive status quo. But that's not the case. The villains, liars and ostriches who argue against taking action on climate change have, in fact, taken the upper hand, forcing everyone else to defend two things that are almost completely without merit.

Why Are There So Few "Friends of Science"?

Rounding up the usual climate change “sceptics” on the domestic (Canadian front), we have the website www.friendsofscience.org, “Providing Insight on Climate Change.”

When Does Scientific Quibbling Become Unethical Lying?

In the Science Background section of the The Friends of Science website, the authors go to extremes to argue that climate change is NOT occurring, and then they say this:

Never Believe a Source with "Truth" in its Name

Brace yourself for a new den of deniers and then click on www.envirotruth.org. Envirotruth rounds up the usual suspects of climate science “sceptics” in a “myth-busting” campaign to confuse and deny the current worldwide consensus on the impact of climate change. Print a list of the 60 “accredited experts” who signed the sceptics' letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week and then check off the names as you read through Envirotruth. You won't find all 60 - some of those signatories were tricked into putting their name on that letter - but you'll sure see some familiar faces.

A Species that Doesn't Know It's Extinct

In an earlier post, I suggested that the “accredited experts” who signed an anti-climate science petition could be broken into three categories: Scientific Iconoclasts; Lazy Pseudo Experts; and Self-Interested Scoundrels.

I perhaps missed a category - as above: Scientific Dinosaurs whose numbers have dropped below the level that is critical for their survival. Their kind is extinct, even if they don't know it.

Financial Post: Disinformation Central

Loyal readers of the deSmogBlog will know that in our paranoid moments we are most outraged by “climate sceptics” whose goal is not to present a reasonable argument that challenges climate science, but merely to suggest that there is an argument, that there is doubt. Because, in suggesting that the science is not clear, they can argue for inaction; they can argue that we should stand back and do nothing – let market forces act as they may, without interference from government (or science).


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