I’m always suspicious of any Web site claiming to “set the record straight” when they don’t include the name of a contact person or explain who they are, other than vague references to being ordinary private citizens with no links to government or industry. That’s essentially what www.climatechange101.ca is, and whoever is behind it has geared a misinformation campaign at Canadian children. I first heard an advertisement for the site on FM alternative radio station 102.1 The Edge, which is quite popular in Toronto. The group claims it has a small budget but apparently has the money to place ads on radio stations and draw people to their Web site.
What are they about? They believe climate science is wrong, CO2 is the greenest gas of all, and that taking any serious action on climate change is wrong. “We are concerned about the enormous cost of the numerous activities and projects being proposed, most of which are highly questionable, not to mention the resulting financial benefits to certain corporations and organizations, at taxpayers expense.” Interesting, they don’t seem to take into account the ENORMOUS financial benefits to certain oil and gas corporations who benefit from massive subsidies at taxpayers’ expense. “We object to the valueless creation of an enormous debt that would be passed on to our children and grandchildren,” they say, again failing to mention the environmental debt we’ll be passing on to our children and grandchildren and ignoring the economic benefits of transitioning to a low-carbon economy.
Of course, what web site that denies anthropogenic global warming would be complete without a MYTHS/FACTS section that treats myth as fact and fact as myth. All the science that points to a warming trend is wrong, they assert. The “hockey stick” graph has been proven flawed and statistically unreliable, they say, ignoring that in fact it has faced several independent reviews and repeatedly found to be statistically sound and relevant. They say there is no proof that CO2 is the main driver of global warming. Here’s another zinger: “The number and the lengths in time of sunspots can be correlated very closely with average temperatures on earth.” Wrong — we’re in a clear warming trend and the sun is just coming out of a cyclical low….
Their bottom line: “To the present day there is still no scientific proof that man-made CO2 causes significant global warming.” They also have links to all the usual climate-change denier sites.
Ugh… smells like Friends of Science have their dirty paws all over this one. What disturbs me the most is that they’re trying to target their message at children. “It behooves the public, especially children, to study and evaluate for themselves. To get a degree in “Global Warming For Dummies”, be sure to read all of the articles in this website!” it reads on its home page. Creepy — hey kids, you want some candy?
UPDATE: DeSmog Blog has been all over this one since July, and indeed, it seems Friends of Science is behind it.