The Canadian Meteorological Service has banned employees from publically discussing climate change. The organization maintains that years of study of meteorology do not make a person qualified to discuss climate events longer than a few months
The Meteorological Service of Canada is a division of Environment Canada.
Spokesman Mark John claims “Environment Canada scientists speak to their area of expertise. For example, our Weather Preparedness Meteorologists are experts in their field of severe weather and speak to this subject. Questions about climate change or long-term trends would be directed to a climatologist or other applicable authority.
Shortly after Stephen Harper’s election as Prime Minister back in 2006, the Canadian Government banned scientists from speaking to the media about their findings without getting political clearance. The government has also implemented a process of likely shutting down research programs that counter the conservative government’s agenda.
A survey put out by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada asked federal government scientists to respond to how they feel about speaking out about climate change. Around 90% “feel they are not allowed to speak freely to the media about the work they do, and that, faced with a departmental decision that could harm public health, safety or the environment, nearly as many (86%) would face censure or retaliation for doing so.”
The findings were included in a new report titled “The Big Chill,” which is the first extensive effort to “gauge the scale and impact of ‘muzzling’ and political interference among federal scientists” since Harper’s election.
The survey also found that nearly a quarter (25%) or respondents have been directly asked to exclude or alter information for non-scientific reasons.
While the forecasters are permitted to talk about what has happened, what seems likely to happen, they cannot discuss how certain weather-related events pertain to climate change.