As the Supreme Court global warming case enters its second full day, the circus act on the administrative side of the floor continues. Today, Deputy Solicitor General Gregory Garre, first admitting that he had limited knowledge of climate science, proceeds to state that there is a “likely connection” between greenhouse gases and global warming but that “it cannot unequivocally established.”
It's important to watch FoxNews once in a while, to be reminded what kind of goofiness is being foisted on the public in the guise of news. Take, for example, Neil Cavuto's recent fit about someone slipping thoughtful messages into children's movies.
Cavuto and Fox movie reviewer Holly McClure are apoplectic because Happy Feet, the most popular movie in America for the last two weeks, takes aim at the issue of overfishing, which Cavuto calls a “far left message” that suggests “humans and big business are to blame.” He concluded:
“My biggest thing was — you can make a political statement all you want — adult movie and all. I just think it’s a little tacky, and … big-time objectionable when you start foisting it on kids who don’t know any better.”
Sources are telling DeSmog that on Dec. 6th a last and final attack on climate change science and the media will be mounted by Sen. James Inhofe, outgoing chair of the Envrionment and Public Works Committee .
For his final committee comedy act, Inhofe has proposed an interesting line-up of witnesses, all of them, unsuprisingly, close to the fossil fuel industry-backed war on science. First up will be Dr. Bob Carter an Australian who's affiliations include the fossil fuel industry friendly (and funded) Institute of Public Affairs. Second up is David Deming, an “adjunct scholar” for the National Centre for Policy Analysis…
While 10,000 EPA employees signed a petition demanding Congress address global warming – and the muzzling of government scientists, here in Canada the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada has followed up with their own climate change demands.
Scalia leaves Supreme Court petitioners up in the air!
The US Supreme Court heard the first case to involve global warming. The case, titled Massachusetts v. EPA, was brought by a dozen states and 13 environmental organizations to force the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
During the arguments, Justice Antonin Scalia provided some comic relief. According to press reports, Scalia prompted laughter when he questioned whether carbon dioxide was an air pollutant or a stratosphere pollutant.”Respectfully, your honor, it is not the stratosphere. It's the troposphere,” said Milkey, referring to atmospheric layers that can be affected by pollution.
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.