Tory blogger Iain Dale is rather put out that Greenpeace don’t want to come on and debate that eminent of scientists Dominic Lawson (I’m being sarcastic, he’s a former newspaper editor) on 18 Doughty Street. Not that Iain is annoyed or anything, he only labels them ‘enviro-fascists’. What do they say about the first person in a debate who uses the word fascist? Not that he’s alone of course… this fervent Dale supporter calls them ‘environazis’. I should rest my case, but I digress.
I suspect Iain Dale and others on the typical Tory right have missed the point entirely. I alluded to this point last year in the death of debate on CIF: the view taken by some producers that they can have a ‘balanced’ discussion by inviting two completely opposing viewpoints and watching the sparks fly. Looks like Doughty Street might be going down the same route.
The reason why Greenpeace is right in avoiding such programmes with such participants is because it gives the false impression that there is still a debate to be had and that it could go either way. No. When 90% of the evidence supports one position then such a ‘balanced debate’ only creates a false impression. Other than in the world of loons such as Melanie Phillips, another eminent scientist, most people have slowly woken up to the fact that we have gone past climate change to global warming and that it is mostly a man-made phenomena. That Channel 4 airs unadulterated rubbish such as The Great Climate Change Swindle doesn’t change anything.
In fact there is so much disinformation out there that New Scientist has an extensive section dedicated just to rebutting those idiotic conspiracy theories. Anyone still willing to believe this is all a myth quite rightly deserves to be ignored by charity workers who have better things to do with their time.
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