No Dissent Allowed: U.S. Senators introduce amendment to muzzle climate ‘denial apparatus’ – Senator Bernie Sanders co-sponsors
Claiming ‘sophisticated campaigns of misinformation’ are in use to ‘mislead the public’ on climate change, Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, announces the introduction of his amendment to crack down on the climate change ‘denial apparatus’.
SENATOR SHELDON WHITEHOUSE – (D-RI) – US Senate – February 3, 2016: “So this is why I’ve introduced an amendment declaring the Sense of the Senate disapproving corporations and the front organizations that they fund to obscure their role, that deliberately cast doubt on science in order to protect their own financial interests, and urging the fossil fuel companies to cooperate with investigations that are now ongoing into what they knew about climate change and when they knew it.”
Via: DesmogBlog: U.S. Senators Introduce “Merchants of Doubt” Amendment Into Energy Bill, Call On Fossil Fuel Industry To End Climate Denial and Deception – Democratic U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Ed Markey (MA) and Brian Schatz (HI) introduced an amendment into the energy bill yesterday intended to express Congress’s disapproval of the use of industry-funded think tanks and misinformation tactics aimed at sowing doubt about climate change science…Senators Introduce “Merchants of Doubt” Amendment Into Energy Bill, Call On Fossil Fuel Industry To End Climate Denial and Deception
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined the amendment as a co-sponsor once it was introduced…
“It is the sense of the Senate that according to peer-reviewed scientific research and investigative reporting, fossil fuel companies have long known about the harmful climate effects of their products,” the amendment reads…Although it doesn’t name specific companies, the amendment is surely inspired by recent revelations about ExxonMobil’s early and advanced knowledge of the role of fossil fuels in driving climate change — which was followed by the company’s subsequent, unconscionable climate science denial efforts.
This is not the first time Senator Whitehouse has sought to go after climate skeptics. See:
Aged Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki said that Canada’s former Prime Minister Stephen Harper should be imprisoned for his “willful blindness” regarding man-made global warming, in an interview with Rolling Stone published Tuesday.
“It’s a huge thing! We’ve had 10 years of a government that was so oppressive regarding environmental issues. We had to really carefully control what we said and had to worry about literally being called ‘enemies of Canada,” Suzuki told Rolling Stone about Canada’s former conservative prime minister.
But, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Now that Suzuki recognizes current Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a fellow liberal environmentalist — he’s more than willing to deem the anti-global warming Harper an enemy of the state.
“I really believe that people like the former Prime Minister of Canada should be thrown in jail for willful blindness,” Suzuki said about Harper’s viewpoints, adding, “If you’re the CEO of a company and you deliberately avoid or ignore information relevant to the functioning of that company, you can be thrown in jail … ”
The geneticist continued: “And to have a Prime Minister who for nine years wouldn’t even let the term ‘climate change’ pass his lips! If that isn’t willful blindness, then I don’t know what is.”
This is not the first time Suzuki has suggested tossing Harper in the hoosegow.
In a speech at McGill University in 2008, Suzuki admonished the powers-at-be to imprison both Harper and then Alberta premier Ed Stelmach.
“What I would challenge you to do,” Suzuki told attendees of a Montreal conference in 2008, “is to put a lot of effort into trying to see whether there’s a legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail, because what they’re doing is a criminal act.”
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Green Guru & Warmist David Suzuki laments: ‘Environmentalism has failed’ – ‘Suzuki loses faith in the cause of his lifetime’
Excerpt: “Environmentalism has failed,” Suzuki declared in a dark blog post. The heady victories of the 1970s and ’80s over air pollution, acid rain, and clear-cut logging are distant memories. The oil and gas industry has never been stronger, sinking ocean wells, fracking across the continent, and going full-bore on Alberta’s oil sands. Meanwhile, the fight against climate change has come to a virtual halt, as governments around the world put the economy ahead of the environment. “We’ve come to a point where things are getting worse, not better,” he said in an interview with Maclean’s.
In the final stretch, David Suzuki is beset by doubts and doubters, both at home and abroad. During his recent trip to Australia, he sat down with a national network for a one-hour televised Q&A. It was anything but a love-in. The evening began with two hostile questions on global warming from invited dissenters. Other audience plants took him to task for his stand against genetically modiﬁed foods, statements he had made about the effect of cyclones on the Great Barrier Reef, and his views on immigration. Suzuki never lost his patience, but he seemed to wilt under the attacks as the show went on. “I’ve had a belly full of fighting. We’ve got to stop the fighting,” he pleaded at one point. The message that he has been delivering for four decades is no longer getting through. And time is running short. “I hope there’s a happy ending. That’s all I have left. Hope.”
Complete article here: http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/11/18/the-nature-of-david-suzuki/