Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Neil Young isn't a scientist. Shall we shut him up too?

Neil Young @ Nottingham Trent FM Arena 2009-06-23
Neil Young (CC BY 2.0 - 6tee-zeven )
He's a rocker and an activist. He can say what he wants about the oilsands. So can Harper, and so can everyone else, unless you're a Canadian scientist.
The people whose viewpoints would be the most valuable are the people who can't share them anymore.
When you run out of gas, you don't blame the gauge.
If your car's engine is overheating, there's a gauge that tells you so. Same if you're low on fuel.
The gauges aren't the problem.
The gauges warn you about problems in advance.
Fix the radiator. Fill up with gas.
Unfortunately for the government, scientific conclusions point out inconvenient problems with business as usual.
It's disconcerting enough to fill a book. Indeed Chris Turner's recent book, The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper's Canada explains how the Canadian Government under Harper is disconnecting the gauges, as if the facts were the problem.
By defunding, muzzling, intimidating and ignoring scientists we accept 'post-reality' governance, including an Economic Action Plan to convince you everything's ok. Would you like unicorns with that?
When Neil Young says it's not ok he's saying the emperor has no clothes. Our economy is so tied up in extracting non-renewable resources that it's sacrilege to suggest restraint or alternatives. If you do, the fossil fuel media machine will take you down.

Mr. Harper, Ignoring reality is not a responsible approach to governance. Support science. Get facts. Govern based on reality, not just economy.

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