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British Govt Makes Another Straw Man

Posted by feww on March 17, 2010

UK Govt: Climate Change Denial Devil in the Detail

In Big Brother’s birthplace govt makes a straw man for others to knock down, perpetuating the fallacy of “NO climate change”

Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned posters based on the children’s poems Jack and Jill and Rub-A-Dub-Dub because it says they exaggerated  claims about the threat of global warming to Britain!

Why the Ban? They say predictions on the impact of global warming made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “involved uncertainties” that the adverts did not reflect. They received about 940 complaints.

Why the UK govt did this? British govt, in its time-old tradition, booby-trapped  their own campaign by intentionally wording the posters in a controversial way so as to invite criticism, objections and complaints, knowing that the adverts would then fall victim to the “yobbo culture” and become the laughing stock of the corporate media. This campaign was ultimately an exercise in trivializing the seriousness of the threats posed by climate change,  especially to Britain.

It was designed not only to  remove any vestiges  of doubt in the mind of the “undecided” about the climatic impacts, and conditioning them to side with the denialists, but to strengthen the atmosphere of ridicule preventing any serious discussion of climate change, and intimidating potential participants.

See also: climate change could directly affect about half the population in the UK  in the next 3 to 5 years

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