UN officials say we should listen to science. Don’t be fooled. It’s a rhetorical ploy, a cover for their own agenda.
It’s rather shocking to realize that some people regard science as nothing more than a rhetorical device. It’s just another tool in the toolbox, to be pulled out whenever they think it might advance their agenda.
How can we tell when someone is playing that game? Pay attention to their language.
The Guardian yesterday contained an article about a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) climate change report. The article refers to Achim Steiner, the UN bureaucrat who heads UNEP, and says:
Despite the slow pace of progress, Steiner said there was still a chance for the world to obey scientific advice. [bold added; backed up here]
On the other side of the Atlantic yesterday, a Yale University magazine published an interview with a second UN bureaucrat, Christiana…
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