Sunday, March 14, 2010

Global Warming Alarmism: Politics not Science

Sanity breaks out in Britain every once in a while, which just highlights how crazy the society as a whole has become. In the following story in the Times of London the Advertising Standards Authority has banned several ads created by the Labour government that attempt to scare the population over a non-scientifically proven global warming threat.
"TWO government advertisements that use nursery rhymes to warn people of the dangers of climate change have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for exaggerating the potential harm.

The adverts, commissioned by Ed Miliband, the energy secretary, used the rhymes to suggest that Britain faces an inevitable increase in storms, floods and heat waves unless greenhouse gas emissions are brought under control.

The ASA has ruled that the claims made in the newspaper adverts were not supported by solid science and has told the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) that they should not be published again.

It has also referred a television commercial to the broadcast regulator, Ofcom, for potentially breaching a prohibition on political advertising."

Read the rest here. Here is the ad:

the Advertising Standards Asociation has banned Ed Miliband's Environment department from running misleading nursery rhyme advertisements on climate change.

I have some sympathy for portraying AGW as a nursery rhyme, but that of course was not the government's intent. The story specifically asserts Advertising Standards Association was concerned that the public would take a political agenda as scientific fact. Ed Milibrand and the Labour Party can't, apparently, tell the difference. How long is it until the election again?

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