Implausible deniability

Perhaps it’s all due to Al Gore, but the flare-up in public awareness and media coverage of climate change over the past few months seems to be taking on an entirely new light. Primarily, despite the inevitable relics of a bygone era, the media has not been framing the issue as an active debate. The industry-driven denial of the science involved seems at long last to have lost its footing.

AtlasIt certainly had a good run. As excellent article in This Magazine describes the history of the phrase “Made in Canada Solution”, from its birth to a poor but loving industry-backed faux environmental group, to its harsh youth spent wandering the countryside from mouth of pseudo-intellectual to pseudo-intellectual, and at last its glory days, being seized and hoisted aloft by none other than the future Prime Minister of Canada, who proclaimed the full glory of its witless, rabid nationalism for all to see and bask in.

Yet when even the Tories seem to be putting on airs of action on climate change — this gnome expects that they will have approximately the same talk-to-action ratio that the Liberals did, ∞:0 — one can’t help but hope that once the air is cleared of the PR junk, a genuine realization of the requirement of immediate and significant action can’t be far behind.



  1. Manatee said,

    Monday, 2 October 2006 at 2:04 pm

    The change in framing from scientific debate over existence, to acceptance and search for solutions was the topic of breakfast conversation at my house this morning, after rewatching this weeks “The Big Picture”. As an aside, The Big Picture is officially my favorite new show of the season (if anyone missed the doc on “The Root of All Evil?” I taped it and will gleefully lend it out), I hope all media is now finished wasting time presenting the losing side of this ‘scientific’ debate. It appears the Edmonton Journal has. This mornings Journal contained no less then three features on climate change (one was op-ed).
    In “World may not last much longer” (Edmonton Journal, A3) the findings of a recent Ipsos Reid survey revealed 63% of respondents are “desperately concerned” that the world is in dire straights without drastic action on climate change. From the same article “Nearly two-thirds of Canadians believe the Conservative government will fail to take adequate steps to fight global warming, and blame the oil and gas industry for making matters worse.” I guess the mass realization came after the last federal election.
    Imagine if the Gelinas report plays as important a role in electoral politics as the Gomery report, or better yet, a role in policy development!

  2. Gnomes said,

    Wednesday, 4 October 2006 at 12:48 pm

    In a bizarro-world turn of events, it seems that Conserative Environment Minister Rona Ambrose is prepared to actually institute emission standards on the auto industry, with the loudest protests of industry concerns coming from Liberal Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and erstwhile NDP supporter Buzz Hargrove.

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