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What a terrible article. The government of Canada has taken a reasoned & pragmatic stance on anthropogenically generated climate change.
There is nothing unreasonable in the expectation that employees, who wish to remain employees, be discreet in their criticism of their employer.
There is an alternative course of action. It involves other employment with another employer.
Given the degree of forecasting skill demonstrated by some of of these persons the alternative course of action might be a difficult option.
This quote is from the first link in the article. It seems clear that government is telling its meteorologists to stop pretending they are climatologists. Makes sense to me.
"Environment Canada scientists speak to their area of expertise,” said spokesman Mark Johnson in an email. “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..."
The point of being able to share your opinions, regardless of your area of expertise, is embodied in freedom of speech.
While I feel most meteorologists talk out of their ass on the topic of climate change (so many believe in AGW), I have never felt the moronic blatherings on US news shows should be stifled by government decree.
This is just wrong.
I don't care if their salaries are all paid for by the government, because the government is a public trust.
Why is this claim that meteorologists aren't climatologists accepted as truth? You don't think that a chemical engineer knows anything about petroleum engineering? Or that a French teacher can't make a comment on proper English grammar?
Eventually, who will serve to check the climatologists' work.
Real science has always been open to outsiders, it's open to scrutiny.
It's superstition that always wants to hide its methods behind secret codes and curtains.
At any rate, those Maggies readers in the USA might want to consider the more resent draconian actions of their very own home grown EPA and POTUS. You Will be regulated...and you WILL like it!
On reflection, those of us residing in Canada need to think through the ramifications of this emerging US totalitarianistic phase on our own fragile system.
It may be that the style of governing is more to be feared than the economic effects of excessive regulation.
Why is this a surprise? Canada tried to prosecute Mark Steyn for publishing verifiable facts (just the wrong facts). While I don't believe the world is in danger from Global Warming, nor do I believe it is essentially man made, I can appreciate there is some room for doubt. The jump from regulating the publishing of the truth to regulating opinion is a short one.