They call this the Age of Information. I call it the Age of Misinformation.
In his book True Enough: Learning to live in a Post-Fact Society, Farhad Manjoo writes:
Facts no longer matter. We simply decide how we want to see the world and then go out and find experts and evidence to back our beliefs.
The Post-Fact Society is in full force when it comes to environmental and climate issues. The media provides amplification to people who use false information and distort facts for their political agenda. Manjoo should add that when the evidence contradicts manufactured beliefs there are no apologies for the damage done to people’s lives, no backtracking. The manufacturer either ignores the evidence, doubles down on the misinformation, or attacks the person providing the contradictory information.
The November 25, 2013, Macleans cover story reports Suzuki complaining that, “Environmentalism Has Failed.” The subtitle elaborates, “David Suzuki loses faith in the cause of his lifetime.” The reality is he is the main reason for the failure, through exploiting the necessary concept of environmentalism for a political agenda. He is a classic example of crying wolf. Now few are listening and worse, when real problems show up, they won’t listen then either because he misled them so often. There are many examples of his alarmism, but two illustrate the point: his claims of declining salmon populations, and the alarmism over increasing extinctions.
John Maynard Keynes said, "If the facts change, I'll change my opinion. What do you do, Sir?" It is a question David Suzuki needs to answer about many things, not least salmon, which have returned in record breaking numbers on the west coast. He also needs to explain why hundreds of new species are discovered every year, while no extinctions are reported, and it is estimated that one-third of those listed as extinct are later found.
Suzuki spent February 2007 crossing Canada in a campaign ostensibly to determine people’s concerns about the environment, especially extinction of species. He identified human emissions of CO2, the so-called anthropogenic global warming (AGW) as the central problem. He said,“It's either total destruction of the economy, or spend one per cent of the GDP to bring our emissions down.” This was designed to promote Canada’s commitment to the Kyoto Protocol. He didn’t report that full implementation of the original Kyoto would only reduce temperatures by 0.05 by 2050.
During his trip, Suzuki made public presentations, including to schools. The message was alarmist and speculative but presented as factual. He said the extinction rate is three species an hour. He didn’t name one because that number is a fantasy based upon false assumptions. The claim of three per hour is from the work of E.O. Wilson -- who was listed as an honorary Board member of the Suzuki Foundation in the 2003 Annual Report.
Wilson based his idea of extinction on false assumptions and mathematical estimates:
A good proxy for the rate of extinction is the rate of growth in energy used by the human population. In other words, extinction rates are increasing in step with the product of population growth times the growth in affluence.
It is not a good proxy because it isn’t happening.
Wilson’s extinction claim was 27,000 per year, or three per hour. He derived these numbers by estimating the number of species in one square mile of rainforest and how much rainforest was lost each year. Incorrectly, he applied this tropical species loss to the entire world and then predicted 22 percent of all species will be extinct by 2022. If you don’t know how many there are, you can’t prove or disprove this claim. Regardless, the threat of extinction is a powerful emotional weapon in the environmentalist’s arsenal.
In the last few years over a million new species were discovered and that’s only part of what remains to be found. Here’s why:
“Furthermore, the study, published by PLoS Biology, says a staggering 86% of all species on land and 91% of those in the seas have yet to be discovered, described and catalogued.”
Here are some examples of discoveries.
The headline says, “One Million New Plankton Species Found.” Leader Dr. Bowler said, "It's the first time that anyone's done this expedition looking specifically for plankton life, and that's why we found so many."
People don’t know that most of the world is unoccupied by humans. They can’t believe many parts of the world have not been visited or seen. For example, it is likely that no more than 50,000 people in the history of the world have ever seen Virginia Falls, one of the great waterfalls of the world. There is a web site that provides ongoing reports of new species and they are never short of material.
Some will say these are miniscule creatures and therefore the number is not impressive, however, many very large animals are regularly discovered, as illustrated:
* 2005 report headlined, “Scientists have discovered a new monkey species in the mountains of East Africa.”
* 2007 report the headline was, “New Animal And Plant Species Found In Vietnam”
* 2010 report said, “30 unknown species found in Ecuador’s highland forests by a team of U.S. and Ecuadorian researchers,”
* 2010 report said, "Over 200 New Species Found in Papua New Guinea.” The lead scientist said there are "large areas of New Guinea that are pretty much unexplored biologically.
* 2011 report headline reads “Elvis Monkey and coloured gecko among 200 new species discovered in Vietnam. This is in the Greater Mekong area.
* 2012 report headline reads, “New species of monkey identified in Africa.”
* 2015 report headline reads, “Hundreds of new species found in Eastern Himalayas.”
Suzuki presents incorrect, inadequate, and out of context information to scare people and force destructive action. This is a man who says we should jail politicians who ignore climate change. Words fail me, except to say my hope is that eco-bullying environmentalists who use false information to promote a political agenda become extinct before they kill us all.
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