The move to censor certain ideas from the internet and mainstream media is picking up speed as left-wing media outlets and activists are pushing to suppress those who happen to disagree with the official “climate change” narrative. The list of those who are being harassed for their so-called “unscientific views” include respectable scientists who are asking legitimate questions about current and future climate predictions.
The move to silence so-called “climate change deniers” isn’t necessarily new. Times editor Paul Thornton reported in 2013 that he would not allow letters from people who denied climate change to appear in the letters section of the newspaper. In 2014, BBC trained hundreds of reporters not to give too much attention to what it called “marginal opinions” on global warming.
Furthermore, Wikileaks revealed just last year that liberals went after University of Colorado professor Roger Pielke Jr. for noting that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found no evidence that global warming was responsible for a rise in extreme weather. However, the attempt to censor climate change skeptics has reached new lows as scientists are not only refusing to talk to people who don’t hold the same climate change views as they do. but even castigating the media for allowing anyone who is a climate change skeptic to have any time on air to discuss their viewpoints.
Naturally, climate change embracers don’t see their efforts to silence opponents as a call to censorship. Instead, they state that newspapers, TV shows and other news outlets don’t have to give climate change skeptics time on the air because the skeptics are simply “not credible.” However, these same activists fail to note the fact that many climate change assertions made both recently and over the years have been proven wrong.
For instance, California recently released a report stating that thousands of people would die every year from climate change-induced “overheating” by the year 2050. However, the report has already been heavily criticized by Manhattan Institute senior fellow Oren Cass, who notes that California failed to take into account the fact that people would automatically change their behavior should temperatures rise drastically in the coming years.
Additionally, Cliff Mass, a climate scientist at the University of Washington, has noted that the popular assertion that global warming is responsible for intense wildfires in the Northwestern United States is flat-out incorrect. He points out the fires are caused by overgrowth that needs to be thinned out. Statistics dating back decades back up Mr. Mass’ claims; unfortunately, if climate change “experts” had their way, news outlets would ignore them completely.
There is a prevalent yet dangerous idea that the public must be protected from opinions that differ from those held by the scientific class. It is really an insult to humanity that there are some who believe that people cannot handle hearing both sides of a debate, do their own research and come to a logical conclusion.
In an effort to protect the masses from “unscientific opinions”, some scientists want to suppress any debate of the “climate change” agenda, even though laws passed in the name of this agenda would affect millions of people of all ages and walks of life. Thankfully, free speech laws and the internet make it possible for those who question climate change to freely state their opinions — and the facts backing them up.
Hopefully the mainstream news media, like many in its audience, will realize that a free press means reporting on any newsworthy story or person, even if the story or person in question happens to hold politically incorrect or so-called “unscientific” views.
~ Conservative Zone