Fighting the Fear Babe with Kavin Senapathy
The Skeptic Studio
Oct. 14, 2016 Episode 56
Hi and welcome to the Brainstorm podcast Skeptic Studio where we do interviews, major topics, and news related to skepticism and atheism. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Angela, Leo, and Rene, with the always amazing Dave doing sound. We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan and today is October 14th, 2016. The Skeptic Studio is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at www.reasonistink.com. Tonight’s guest is Kavin Senapathy, she is an author, speaker, and science activist who writes about health, medicine, genomics, agriculture and food. She's the co-Executive Director of international pro-science, pro-biotech movement March Against Myths, and co-author of “The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House,”. She's also a regular contributor to Forbes and The Genetic Literacy Project.
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Last week Justin Trudeau and his government announced a carbon tax minimum bench mark for the provinces of Canada to reach and hopefully exceed. This led to outrage among conservative Canadians, but none more than Brad Wall and his Sask party supporters. Many of these people are still climate change deniers. They say things like, “CO2 isn’t a pollutant”, or “Canada only produces 1.6% of the world’s CO2 emissions”. Some are still of the opinion that climates change and that this is all we’re seeing right now, normal changes.
It occurs to me that somehow every conservative in Canada must be a climate expert and that they should all take their research and findings to the IPCC and get the appropriate media attention. They’ve clearly found something that the vast majority of climate scientists haven’t. I know they all have their numbers, I already mentioned Canada’s contribution to CO2 emissions being only 1.6%, or they have their cherry picked stats from select years or select segments of years. They have arguments about parts per million in the atmosphere and they have one or two self proclaimed experts to back them up. There are even a couple organizations with the word science in their name to lend credibility to all of their data. If that sounds familiar, then you’ve been paying attention to the evolution debate that’s going on with creationists.
I’m not an expert, this is why I listen to people who are and right now the scientific consensus is that climate change is real, is happening, and is caused by human use of fossil fuels. The only number that matters to me as a layman, is 97%. That’s 97% of climate research points at and agrees with the conclusion that the burning of fossil fuels by humans is the main cause of climate change and that it needs to be addressed by at least a reduction in emissions and if possible, a removal of already present emissions from the atmosphere. It’s important to not that this is not just some poll, taken by a bunch of scientists. This is not merely their opinion, though there have been polls done and the number of climate researchers who agree about climate change is at least 97%. This consensus is a consensus of real data and research. This is enough to demonstrate that beyond a shadow of a doubt, climate change is real.
If you have a better plan than a carbon tax, then point it out. If you have a solution, then fill society in. If you’re just going to keep denying that we’re polluting, if you’re just going to keep spreading the lies propagated by the fossil fuel industry and their non scientist, hired experts, then shut the fuck up and let the rest of us try to solve the problem.
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