Saying their traditional way of life is threatened ,the native people of northern Canada, Russia, Greenland and Alaska are taking their case against greenhouse-gas emissions to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Our Australian friend Tim Lambert tipped DeSmog to this article in La Presse, Montreal’s largest newspaper, debunking the deniers’ arguments and linking them to such notorious organizations as the American Enterprise Institute, Cato Institute and Vancouver’s Fraser Institute.
Environment Canada released its 2006-2007 Report on Plans and Priorities yesterday. Touting their "Made in Canada" answer to our environmental woes, the government outlines four main priorities, one of which is to "address the long-term challenge of climate change and help Canada adapt to a changing climate." Notice the careful use of language: nowhere does this goal say anything about reducing C02, only that the government will work on accommodating the effects of an impending (and clearly undeniable) change in climate.
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.