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A spokesperson for Canada’s federal government has confirmed that meteorologists employed by the Stephen Harper administration are not allowed to speak publicly about climate change, saying the scientists are not qualified to weigh in on the issue.

The government’s communication policy does allow meteorologists to talk about extreme weather, but they are prohibited from talking about climate patterns that could have affected that weather, Environment Canada spokesperson Mark Johnson told investigative journalist Mike De Souza. If journalists or others want information about global warming, they would be directed to a government climatologist, Johnson said.

Continue reading:  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/28/3442208/meteorologists-climate-change/

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9 thoughts on “The Canadian Government Doesn’t Let Its Meteorologists Talk About Climate Change

  1. “The Canadian tar sands are the third-largest oil reserve in the world, and production is currently accelerating so quickly that the government predicts capital investments will reach $218 billion over the next 25 years.”

    And there you have it. Thug$ indeed.

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    • It’s plainly obvious, isn’t it? Also, the Harper Administration doesn’t want anyone to call those reserves “tar sands.” Do they actually believe the word “tar” has any more negative connotation than the word “oil?” How absurd!

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      • Robert, I was just thinking about you and thought I need to share this doc with you. I’m not sure if you’ve seen it by OMG — I am stunned. Just when I think I can’t be any more shocked, something like this come along. It came across my reader from the blog Dead Wild Roses. I used to be one of the most optimistic people but not anymore. My country, the government has betrayed us on so many levels — sold out to corporations, and for filthy lucre’s sake.

        http://youtu.be/96AEzQYangE

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