If you were making a list of the biggest obstacles to climate action over the past couple decades, you’d have to mark the media somewhere near the top.
Scientists have been issuing warnings for decades. But the mainstream media insisted on “both-sidesing” climate change — platforming climate deniers in every story and sowing doubt in the public’s mind about whether climate breakdown was even a thing.
Thanks to citizens like you and outlets like Canada’s National Observer, we’ve catalyzed real change and the debate is moving forward. But we still have a lot of work to do: it’s still common to see Canada’s biggest newspaper chain publishing denial screeds.
In the last few days, its pages wondered aloud if Canada shouldn’t be receiving climate reparations from poor countries.
Even as most big outlets come around and acknowledge the scientific consensus, they’re still generating confusion — about what’s causing the climate crisis and how to tackle it. Thirty years after the Earth Summit in Rio, most Canadians don’t hear nearly enough about the fundamental need to phase out fossil fuels. We hear way too much about snazzy sci-fi technologies and way too little about the essential task of cleaning up the electricity grid and electrifying all the furnaces and vehicles and factories.
That’s why I’m so grateful for your support of Canada’s National Observer. Together we’ve been able to expose corporate control of our economy and the insidious power of Big Oil in our politics. Your support funds coverage of the problem and showcases the problem-solvers. But, even more importantly, you’re driving the public conversation and the media ecosystem forward.
I really wish you could meet all of the team here in person. Canada’s National Observer is brimming with talented reporters who understand the crisis and editors keen to assign the important stories.
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"But we still have a lot of
"But we still have a lot of work to do: it’s still common to see Canada’s biggest newspaper chain publishing denial screeds. In the last few days, its pages wondered aloud if Canada shouldn’t be receiving climate reparations from poor countries."
Most excellent denialist garbage from the Financial Post: "Maybe Canada should be getting climate reparations".
By an economist who doesn't have a clue. He thinks climate scientists, the IPCC, NASA, NOAA are wrong, and he knows more about climate science than they do.
His sources include Dr Roy Spencer, GWPF, WUWT, Heartland Institute.
So many errors, so little time.
The National/Financial Post churns this denialist trash out by the tonne week after week.
Climate Feedback's scientist reviewers are great at debunking these sort of articles. Unfortunately, they can't tackle everything.
Maybe the National Observer can find a couple of scientists to take on the Financial Post's denialist machine and debunk these articles as they appear.
Ross McKitrick has written some doozies. His latest: "The Parliamentary Budget Officer just debunked climate alarmism".