Posts tagged ‘intellectual freedom’

The IPCC: Providing ‘Hope for Our Earth’

An IPCC document produced for its meeting in Yokohama uses emphatically activist language. What happened to the scientific body delivering a scientific report based on scientific research?

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Continue Reading March 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Skepticism Used to be a Scientific Virtue

20 years ago, scientific superstar Carl Sagan urged us to use our brains – to be actively skeptical.

Continue Reading February 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Judith Curry, Free Speech Champion

A climatologist urges her community to stop defending Michael Mann.

Continue Reading February 23, 2014 at 11:39 am

Doubt is Not a Sin

When did “Question Authority” stop being applicable?

Continue Reading December 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

The Important “50 to 1″ Project

Nine new videos provide fresh insight into the climate debate. These reasonable voices, representing diverse perspectives, deserve to be heard.

Continue Reading September 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

The Sierra Club’s Violent, Totalitarian Tendencies

Truth squads. Pushing “bitter pills” down other people’s throat. Democracy’s new enemies are green.

Continue Reading June 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Visit from an Australian Film Crew

Are attempts to prevent climate change a colossal waste of money? An in-progress film makes that argument.

Continue Reading June 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

Ed Davey, the UK’s Energy Bully

If a government minister thinks the media is paying too much attention to something, look closer.

Continue Reading June 3, 2013 at 10:09 am

They Call This Higher Education?

Civilized debate appears to be an endangered species.

Continue Reading May 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm

WWF Gets Into Bed with Oppressive Dictatorship

The World Wildlife Fund has organized an event this week in the United Arab Emirates. You know, one of those countries in which political parties are banned.

Continue Reading May 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

Happy New Year!

The German translation of my book is now in bookstores, readers of this blog are generous souls, and a troubling examination of free speech on university campuses sheds light on the climate debate.

Continue Reading January 2, 2013 at 1:13 pm

The Anti-Free-Speech Brigade

Last week 18,000 people signed a petition demanding that a publicly-funded television station ‘never again’ report on a particular point-of-view.

Continue Reading September 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

More on IPCC Chapter Head Neil Adger – & Stephen Schneider

Ideas being promoted by ‘climate scientists’ look increasingly scary.

Continue Reading May 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Naked Intolerance in the Media

Why does the climate debate elicit so much partisan sneering from the media?

Continue Reading April 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Canada’s Senate, David Suzuki & The Delinquent Teenager

My book is discussed in the Canadian Senate – and the David Suzuki Foundation behaves like a rabid dog.

Continue Reading March 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm

The Authoritarian Impulse and Climate Change

People who want to save the planet are fond of more laws and more red tape. They talk of silencing their opponents and sending people to prison.

Continue Reading March 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Medical Journals Spearhead Climate Lynch Mob

Why are the editors of leading medical journals trying to suppress climate free speech? Since this isn’t their area of expertise how dare they harass those with a different point-of-view?

Continue Reading January 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

When the Police Knock on Your Door

When six police officers visit your home for three hours, confiscate your computers, and mess with your phone line it’s little comfort to be told you aren’t a suspect.

Continue Reading December 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Which Other Minorities Should Be Blasted into Space?

How funny would it have been had IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri said that gays should be given a one-way ticket to outer space?

Continue Reading December 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Fanaticism 101

According to someone with a PhD from Harvard, my skeptical climate change views mean one thing: I’m intent on murdering his grandchildren.

Continue Reading July 2, 2011 at 9:16 am

Science is Not a Tyrant

Activists, politicians, and journalists love to play the ‘science says’ game when talking about global warming. But scientific facts are one thing. How best to respond to those facts is a completely different discussion – in which we all deserve a voice.

Continue Reading June 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Climate Change & Violent Fantasies

When did it become acceptable to pen violent fantasies about people with whom you disagree? When did it become OK to talk – luridly and out loud – about their death?

Continue Reading June 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Foul Play on Facebook

Climate skeptic pages on Facebook were recently targeted. Our content was alleged to be “abusive” and the ability of readers to share it was temporarily blocked.

Continue Reading April 10, 2011 at 10:17 am

You Doubt Monger, You

When environmentalists organize themselves, fund-raise, and try to spread their message this is considered legitimate democratic activity. Yet the minute climate skeptics do the same we’re accused of being doubt-mongers who manufacture uncertainty in order to mislead the public.

Continue Reading February 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

How Do You Say ‘Independent’ in Australian?

Any government body headed by eco-campaigner Tim Flannery cannot possibly be considered “independent”.

Continue Reading February 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

Bill McKibben’s Bad Example

Those seemingly nice people brimming with such concern for the planet are actually profoundly intolerant.

Continue Reading February 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Teachers: the New Green Police

Canadian teachers (who are employees of the state) are attempting to dictate how children’s lunchbox sandwiches get packaged. Intruding so intimately into people’s private lives is not an acceptable way to save the planet.

Continue Reading February 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

The Silent Treatment

Should AGW proponents acknowledge critics? Or should they avert their eyes and block their ears?

Continue Reading January 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Appalling Rhetoric from a Climate Skeptic

The climate change debate is important. Human lives (and trillions of dollars) hang in the balance. We therefore need open, vigorous dialogue. We need to hear all perspectives. But this can’t happen when both sides are trying to shut down the debate by declaring other people’s views criminal.

Continue Reading November 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Suzuki’s Children (The Political Kind)

Dan Kellar is a geography student at the University of Waterloo. He is writing a doctoral thesis under the supervision of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author and already teaches climate change courses to impressionable undergraduates.

Last week Kellar prevented a journalist from speaking to a campus audience about her new book. He says that because (he thinks) she’s lying free speech doesn’t apply to her.

Continue Reading November 16, 2010 at 11:20 am

Lest We Forget the Importance of Liberty

To a large degree the climate change story is a media story. Journalists are supposed to be guard dogs, not lap dogs. Instead, they’ve become arbiters of scientific truth – refusing to report on non-conformist perspectives.

Last of a five-part series.

Continue Reading November 11, 2010 at 9:32 am

Margaret Atwood Should Resign From PEN International

As Vice President of PEN International, Margaret Atwood has pledged to oppose “any form of suppression of freedom of expression.”

But she sits on a board directors with a man who says some people have no right to free speech. She has written the foreword to a book by David Suzuki – who thinks politicians should be jailed for their climate change views. She has also encouraged her Twitter followers to visit a web page that says a TV station that hasn’t even begun broadcasting should be stopped.

Continue Reading November 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Slaying the Unicorn

The campaign against ‘Fox News North’ threatens the intellectual freedom of all Canadians.

Continue Reading November 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Speech Crimes & Ethics 101

An ethics professor thinks corporations that challenge climate dogma should be charged with a new kind of crime against humanity.

Strangely, he’s unconcerned that a representative of the violent & unsavoury Sudanese government fills one of the IPCC’s four most prominent positions.

Continue Reading October 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm

If We Are Not Free to Disagree, We Are Not Free

The video in which people are summarily executed for questioning the need for emissions reduction is being denounced by prominent global warming activists. Organizations that have aligned themselves with the 10:10 Campaign – such as Sony, Oxford University, and UK local governments – also need to distance themselves from it.

Continue Reading October 1, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Blood & Gore Against Global Warming

A UK green group has produced an advertisement in which people (including school children) who exhibit insufficient enthusiasm for reducing their carbon footprint are blown to pieces. Yep, they are cavalierly murdered while those in the vicinity get splattered with blood and gore.

Continue Reading September 30, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Anti-Science Claim Is Devoid of Meaning

During the first half of this month, activist-scientist-blogger Joe Romm described other people as anti-science on 16 separate occasions. This is the equivalent of a toddler calling everyone from the babysitter to grandad a poopy head.

Continue Reading September 17, 2010 at 11:14 am

Politicians Dressed in Lab Coats

When a forensic pathologist testifies at a murder trial he describes bruises, lacerations & bullet holes. He does not decide whether the accused is guilty. Nor does he opine to the media about how such murders might be prevented.

So why do climate scientists think it’s their business to prescribe solutions – rather than telling us about their data and only about their data?

Continue Reading September 12, 2010 at 11:53 am

Intellectual Freedom

The American Library Association defines intellectual freedom as the “right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view.” Eco activists who attempt to silence the voices of climate skeptics threaten intellectual freedom as well as free speech.

Continue Reading May 20, 2010 at 11:26 am

Shielding Climate Orthodoxy from Free Speech

American professors are encouraging journalism students to suppress certain kinds of news so that the public won’t be confused by climate skepticism. This turns journalists into arbiters of truth and treats the public like children.

Continue Reading May 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm

The Water Cannon of the Climate Debate

The climate bible is the ultimate weapon in the global warming debate. Skeptics are told the experts have spoken and that carbon dioxide is the Great Satan.

Continue Reading April 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Climate Skepticism is Free Speech

Rather than competing against climate skeptics on an even playing field, out in the open, so that the public can make its own decisions, global warming activists are trying to cheat. They insist theirs is the only perspective that deserves to be heard.

Continue Reading January 11, 2010 at 11:07 am

If We Don’t Agree, You’re Crazy

A businessman who believes in a diversity of climate opinions, and who thinks a certain amount of hysteria has been associated with global warming is declared mentally ill by a green blogger.

Continue Reading January 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Why the Munk Debate Proves the Debate Isn’t Over

Is climate change the most pressing problem facing humanity? When a Canadian audience was given the chance to witness a live debate, fewer people thought so afterward than prior.

Continue Reading December 2, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Bullies Need Not Apply

Rather than working to persuade the skeptically-minded, global warming activists condemn. They name-call. They accuse. This isn’t the sort of behaviour one associates with an iron-clad case.

Continue Reading November 13, 2009 at 8:41 pm

On Saying the Debate is Over (2-minute video)

A 2-minute video about why it’s not OK for one party in a discussion to unilaterally declare that “the debate is over.” Full text provided.

Continue Reading October 13, 2009 at 9:31 am

The Age of Regret

The Age of Stupid is a fictional film about the future. It says current humans are too dumb & self-absorbed to pay attention to the threat of global warming. I propose a different scenario: What shall I say to my grandchildren when they ask me why I did nothing as every facet of daily life became assessed, inspected & regulated by eco bureaucrats? What shall I say when they ask me why I allowed personal liberties to slip away?

Continue Reading September 21, 2009 at 3:22 pm

This Is Not Fair Play (2-minute video)

We wouldn’t convict someone of a crime without hearing their side of the story. Yet we’ve listened only to the prosecution side of the global warming argument. Full text provided.

Continue Reading August 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Global Warming and ‘My Cousin Vinny’

My Cousin Vinny isn’t just a great comic film. It does a stellar job of demonstrating the danger of listening to only one point-of-view, of jumping to conclusions before all sides have been heard.

Continue Reading August 4, 2009 at 3:48 pm

On the Cusp

I believe in debate. I believe in questions. I believe anyone who wants everyone else to change their lives had better have a persuasive argument.

Continue Reading May 16, 2009 at 12:38 pm

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