U.S. expert John Mashey says climate science under attack by shadowy network
An upcoming public lecture in Vancouver will explore the theory that a shadowy network of the wealthy and influential is waging an “anti-science” campaign against climate-change experts.
John Mashey, a computer scientist and technology expert from California, claimed the 20-year-long effort has targeted scientific findings that he said show the planet “is getting warmer”.
Mashey, who delivers the talk on April 6, claimed North American energy companies, industrialists, and politicians are among the key behind-the-scenes players in the movement and are motivated by financial and political interests.
“If the science is giving you results you don’t like because it’ll hurt your profits what you do is obscure it, and you lobby, and you generate uncertainty, and you say more research is needed,” he told the Straight by phone.
As an example, he highlighted a 2006 U.S. congressional report that questioned the research of some climate scientists but that he alleges contained elements of bias and plagiarized sections.
“The original version of this stuff was the tobacco wars in the 1950s, 60s, [and] 70s,” he said.
Mashey said climate scientists face opposition from a network that “exists to obfuscate and put a big cloud over the science to confuse public policy”.
“That machine does not like visibility,” he said. “It wants the fog over the science to exist, but it keeps its own fog over its own funding patterns and who’s doing what to whom and how.”
Mashey is scheduled to deliver a lecture titled “The Machinery of Climate Anti-Science” on April 6 at UBC Robson Square. Hosted by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, the free public event starts at 7:30 p.m.
Mashey is also scheduled to speak at the University of Victoria on April 7.