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Yes, it seems the Canadian government is making it more difficult for the 97 percent of all scientist who agree that climate change is settled science, and forcing their weather broadcasters to… broadcast the weather.
Meteorologists are paid to talk expansively about the weather. But in Canada, they have to choose their words a little more carefully.
The government has made it clear that none of the meteorologists on its payroll should be talking about climate change, according to a new report. It’s unclear how long this rule has been in effect, but Environment Canada, the government entity that shares weather and meteorological information publicly, explained its position in a statement to us.
“Our Weather Preparedness Meteorologists are experts in their field of severe weather and speak to this subject. Questions about climate change or long-term trends would be directed to a climatologist or other applicable authority,” said Danny Kingsberry, a spokesman for Environment Canada.
Some scientists aren’t too happy about it. “It’s all very scary,” said Dr. Chris Metcalfe, Director of the Institute for Watershed Science at Trent University. “It’s all about controlling the message. In my estimation the government doesn’t want the work of environmentalists running counter to their official policies.” [more]
The report doesn’t say what will happen to meteorologists who violate the ban, but it can’t be good. Canada doesn’t value freedom of speech like the United States.
Imagine living in a country where you’re not allowed to disagree with your government for fear of, oh, I don’t know, having your taxes audited? Or having someone threaten you with bodily harm and vandalize your personal property simply for saying something with which they disagree?
Positively spooky, huh?
Isn’t it cool to live in a country where we don’t have to worry about that?
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