Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Lomborg backs away from Students Against Climate Change, but appears on CBC and at Frasier Institute

Caption: Adding insult to injury - Lomborg minimizes the plight of polar bears. They are not amused.

Caption: Lomborg at the Frasier Institute, which funds his trips to Canada and has funded climate change denial and is in turn linked to Exxon. Photo of Bjorn Lomborg and Mike Walker, founder of the Fraser Institute. Here is a short paragraph from this organization, which has links to Exxon Mobil, which clarifies their denial position in scientific language:

"A review of the scientific literature concerning the environmental consequences of increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the most prominent greenhouse gas contributed by human activities, leads to the conclusion that increases during the twentieth century have produced no deleterious effects upon global climate or temperature. Increased carbon dioxide has, however, markedly increased the growth
rates of plants as inferred from numerous laboratory and field experiments. There is no clear evidence, nor unique attribution, of the global effects of anthropogenic CO2on climate. Meaningful assessments of the environmental impacts of anthropogenic CO2 are not yet possible because model estimates of global and regional changes in climate on interannual, decadal and centennial time-scales remain highly uncertain." Source: Frasier Institute study.

Lomborg backs out of U of T talk

Since the last report, Lomborg backed out of the lecture at Hart House citing "scheduling conflicts" and saying he couldn't be at events in Toronto. But we found out that he spoke at the Frasier Institute the day before, which leads me to believe that he backed out of the U of T talk because of our criticism of him on Facebook.

Since that time, we have written to the CRTC (Canadian Radio and Television Regulatory Commission) twice: once to object to climate change denier Tim Ball appearing on CTV-TV and now today to object to CBC's The Hour featuring Lomborg (uncritically).

On Tuesday December 11, 2007, at about 11:05 p.m., George Stroumboulopoulos (The Hour) interviewed climate change skeptic Bjorn Lomborg. Given that the world's scientific community has said unanimously (through the United Nations IPCC) that climate change is in fact very serious, Mr. Stroumboulopoulos' choice to interview Mr. Lomborg is a matter of concern. There ought to be some "quality control" at CBC!

The IPCC says that climate change is both "serious" and "dangerous." The World Health Organization tells us that already some 150,000 people die from climate change every year and the number is expected to grow.

The IPCC consists of 2500 of the world's top scientists on climate change issues. Mr. Lomborg, by contrast, is not a credible source of information on climate change (see Lomborg errors) and he has been charged with "scientific dishonesty" in his own country of Denmark: Danish Committee cites Lomborg for scientific dishonest. It is remarkable that Mr. Stroumboulopoulos did not do adequate research on this matter.

Short letter to the host of the Hour

Do you not feel a sense of moral responsibility? Mr. Lomborg is paid indirectly through the fossil fuel industry (Frasier Institute and CEI) to tour around and spread climate change skepticism. His commentary, like the climate change deniers before him, is heavily weighted in favour of the fossil fuel industry and helps reduce the chances of survival of current and future generations. Were you aware of that?

Sincerely, Paul York
Toronto Ontario

What you can do: write to the CBC, CTV, National Post, CRTC (go to CRTC or sign this petition that will go to all reporters, which refers to the fact of nearly 3,000 stories in the American election, only 3 mentioned global warming: U.S. media bias petition

Check out:

Why isn't anyone laughing at Lomborg?: a short article that illustrates how the White House is imitating his arguments that global warming helps people.

Rebutall of Lomborg's arguments by an American politician (who is the 'Chairman of the new Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming') Nice to know that the U.S. has such a committee, but wish they would do a better job!

Another rebuttal of Lomborg

Background info. on Lomborg's connection to Exxon Mobil through CEI, Frasier Institute"

1 comment:

mitchinvan said...

Its totally sucks that The Hour gave this guy any airtime, particularly because Lomberg isn't even a scientist. I put a post on my blog about this. Check it out: