Last week’s call by Ecojustice and friends for an investigation of climate change denier groups was covered by National Observer, Edmonton Journal and Vice. Friends of Science wrote a response, as did ICSC Director Tom Harris in comments on DeSmog. And I got twitterbombed!
The jeers started at 9:45 PM AST with two tweets (here and here) from the notorious Tony Heller (a.k.a. Steve Goddard). A total of 192 tweets and retweets were directed at me over the next 12 hours.
University of Guelph economics professor – and Financial Post contributor – Ross McKitrick got in on the action earlier (see here and here). He opened with
“Group of CDN scientists ask govt to make disagreeing with any of their claims a criminal offense.”
No, Prof. McKitrick, we didn’t.
Our application to the Competition Commissioner is based on existing law, which says that
“No person shall, for the purpose of promoting… any business… knowingly or recklessly make a representation to the public that is false or misleading in a material respect.”
We have asked the Competition Commissioner to investigate whether or not climate denier groups have illegally furthered their business interests, or those of their sponsors, by spreading misinformation.