LinkedIn Silences Climate Skeptics
Be careful about circulating scientific data that debunks the assumptions standing behind costly climate change policies. Otherwise, technology companies reserve the right to muzzle those dissenting views. That appears to be message LinkedIn has been sending to scientists and researchers who question the premise of regulations aimed at curtailing carbon dioxide emissions.
Earlier this summer, the Microsoft-owned, California-based online platform shut down the account of Gregory Wrightstone, a geologist who serves as director of the CO2 Coalition, a nonprofit outfit that seeks to highlight the economic and environmental benefits of CO2 (carbon dioxide). But the coup de grace came on July 30, 2022, when LinkedIn blocked the coalition’s entire page, which now has a notice up top that reads:
“Only Page Admins can see this Page. It’s been removed because it goes against our Professional Community Policies.”
Wrightstone has released a statement about LinkedIn’s actions that is worth reviewing now that Biden is in position to further exacerbate an already challenging energy picture all while demonizing CO2.
“Since we have only ever published factual, publicly sourced data, we must assume that LinkedIn has an aversion to an open airing of facts in search of the truth,” Wrightstone says. “This is contrary to long and rich traditions of the Western civilization that established the scientific method and the cherished freedoms of our society.”
That’s why it’s important to have a vigorous debate about what the science actually says with regard to CO2, the environment, and Earth’s temperatures. That’s also why it’s important to push back against efforts at censorship.
Authored by Kevin Mooney and originally published at RealClear Energy on 9 August 2022 here.