Why Were Canadian Weather Forecasters Just Forbidden to Discuss Climate Change?

Well, according to the Canadian Meteorological Service (CMS), spending years studying meteorology doesn’t qualify a meteorologist to discuss any climate events that occur over a span of more than a few months.

“Environment Canada scientists speak to their area of expertise. For example, our Weather Preparedness Meteorologists are experts in their field of severe weather and speak to this subject. Questions about climate change or long-term trends would be directed to a climatologist or other applicable authority,”

said CMS spokesman Mark Johnson in an interview with investigative journalist Mike De Souza. However, this move follows a longer trend of strict government control over the field of science since Prime Minister Stephen Harper was elected.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

In 2007, shortly after he won the election, Harper’s administration passed a law that banned Canadian scientists from speaking with and/or sharing their findings with the media without first getting government approval. According to Climate Science Watch, media coverage of climate change has dropped 80% since the new law was enacted.

Many people see this recent announcement as just the next step in the Harper government’s war on science. Harper’s administration followed the scientist-media gag legislation by eliminating the position of National Science Advisor just a year later, and there are numerous examples of the government suppressing information from scientists since he took office.

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