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Calling out climate change deniers in the media

The global warming deniers are at it again, and it is high time that the environmental movement in Canada and the United States launched an organized campaign to expose these scientific community charlatans.

The mainstream business media, which bows to corporate interests in both countries, is quick to publish interviews and opinion articles by the tiny percentage of scientists who deny that global warming exists. Some say that it has not been proven that human activity damages the environment. Some bizarrely claim that emissions of carbon dioxide are beneficial to the planet.

No Need to Panic About Global Warming”, was the headline for an opinion article that appeared on May 19 in The Wall Street Journal, the business newspaper most trusted by the business community.

Speaking for many scientists and engineers who have looked carefully and independently at the science of climate, we have a message to any candidate for public office: There is no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to ‘decarbonize’ the world's economy,” said the opinion piece. 

The most telling point about the article is that the group behind its’ publication could get only 16 scientists and academics from around the world to sign it.

These kinds of denials, which appear in all of North America’s business publications, are a message to the corporate community that “the jury is still out” on global warming. They believe it is perfectly okay for them to continue to carry on business as usual, despite the protests of “environmental nuts.”

The business community has overwhelming power and influence in both countries, and we may not see truly effective action concerning climate change until many more business executives are convinced the changes are hurting both business and society.

Articles like the one in the Journal appear in mainstream media daily and go unchallenged.

The Frontier Centre for Public Policy, a western Canadian neo-liberal lobby organization, published the first of five articles about Canada’s nice and clean environment.

The series, which the Foundation trots out and slightly updates every two years, says that Canada has become “cleaner and greener.”

The subliminal-like message of the series is that Canada’s tar sands mining is not a major polluter. This is exactly the kind of propaganda the energy industry and Canada’s Conservative government want to see.

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