I mentioned early in the week that I would be interviewing Marc Morano, filmmaker behind the movie Climate Hustle, who is speaking this weekend at the Economic Education Association annual meeting. Dr. Tim Ball, Lorne Gunter, and a few others who have alternative views on the causes of climate change, will also be in attendance.
My rationale for this was simple; US President Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, have both expressed doubt about the degree to which human emissions of carbon dioxide are causing global warming. US policy is changing and it will impact us. I think we need to understand who they are being influenced by, and why.
Not everyone thinks so. “While I am supportive of your attempt to present all sides of the climate change debate, I am concerned with your focus on presenting climate change deniers in a way that gives them credibility they do not deserve,” stated one of our listeners, Gary, in an email.
“At the risk of being accused of hyperbole, but as food for thought for you, some of your coverage brings to my mind the media headlines given prominence during the James Keegstra trial about Holocaust denial.”
I told Gary I agreed with him on one thing, his comparison is hyperbole. I think that comparing climate change skepticism to Holocaust denial is simply a tactic used to shut down debate. It has the exact opposite effect. The more some people say ‘you can’t talk about that,’ the more others begin to wonder why the scientific consensus isn’t able to stand up to scrutiny.
Personally, I think we should wean ourselves off fossil fuels over time and find a cleaner energy source. I worry about particulate matter and other pollutants that come from burning fossil fuels. I also worry that the cost of fossil fuels puts them out of reach for much of the developing world, and we need to find a cheaper, more abundant energy source so everyone can enjoy the same standard of living we do.
There may be a few areas that should be off limits for discussion. Science isn’t one of them.
My full interview with Marc Morano is below: