VANCOUVER, BC-The Fraser Institute, one of Canada's leading
economic think tanks, has released a
urging Canadians to question the unfounded claims and
fear-mongering promoted by global warming activists.
The video parodies the schemes devised by environmental
extremists and special interests to sway public opinion in
support of new regulations to reduce CO2 emissions and give
governments unfettered control over how people live and
The video is also available on YouTube by searching for
Question the Hype
"With well-funded climate activists and United Nations
bureaucrats meeting in Copenhagen this week, the overheated
rhetoric and unfounded claims of catastrophe will likely be
ratcheted up to new levels," said Diane Katz, Fraser Institute
director of risk, environment, and energy policy.
"The recent release of damning emails and documents from the
Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University in England
exposes how some climate researchers manipulate data and work
to silence scientists who challenge the hypothesis that human
activity is responsible for global warming. Now, more than
ever, we should be skeptical of claims of looming environmental
The video is the second in a series of five that examines
the claims of global warming alarmists with humour and
irreverence. But a serious message underlies each video: People
need to question the hype about global warming.
"Global warming activist groups are some of the wealthiest
special interests around the globe. They hire high-priced PR
and advertising experts and enlist Hollywood stars to produce
slick propaganda campaigns intended to scare people about the
prospects of global warming," Katz said.
"These groups insult and defame anyone who disagrees with
their point of view by labelling them as deniers, intentionally
invoking the image of Holocaust deniers. Their attempts to
censor debate and silence critics have polarized people around
the world, effectively preventing a measured examination of the
"When governments are actively considering costly,
job-killing policies to solve a hypothetical problem, it's time
for all citizens to question the hype."