Sunday, March 14, 2010

Two UK Govt Advertisements Banned For Lying About Global Warming

The TimesOnline reports that the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned two advertisements commisioned by Ed Miliband, the energy secretary, that use nursery rhymes to warn people of the dangers of climate change, because the adverts exaggerated the potential harm.

Several aspects of this is extremely disturbing.

1) In a post-Climategate world, we have a UK government department still wasting tax money propagandizing on a fraudulent paradigm. What part of the Climategate revelations did they not understand? Actually the question is why are they sweeping Climategate under the carpet?

2) They are using nursery rhymes in these adverts. Why are they propagandizing to children? Lying to children is not what we expect from our elected leaders.

3) Why are they exaggerating their claims? If the effects of global warming are severe, then why exaggerate? Maybe the reality of global warming just isn't scary enough for their purposes. In the context of their claims being supposedly supported by the science, exaggerations by intelligent people, elected officials, governments departments, and others in positions of trust, can only be viewed as lying.

But it is not all negative news. The UK's Advertising Standards Authority has served its greater goal by flagging these advertisements and correctly banning them from being aired. This tells us that there are still people in positions of authority that can be impartial and effective.

It will be interesting to see how UK politicians react to the ASA's ban. This may be the beginning of the Battle of the ASA within the UK's political activist community.

The ASA's decision will certainly ruffle some serious feathers in the energy secretariat.

You can find the Times article here.

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