Spain lies (underwater)
The Spanish are being shown, by Greenpeace*, images of what climate change could do to their country.
It's an apocalyptic view of the future, a stark warning to Spain of what the country could look like if action is not taken to reduce the effects of climate change.
The warning comes in a book, Photoclima, launched this week by Greenpeace in which images of some of Spain's most emblematic places have been altered to show what they could look like in the future. Using statistics from the UN panel on climate change and a touch of digital makeup Greenpeace hopes to scare Spain into taking action.
Gosh! That is pretty scary! Is it true?
According to the group's director in Spain, Juan López de Uralde, the intention was not to use "scientific rigour" but to "create alarm and a call to action".
Right, so when they say that they aren't using "scientific rigour", what they actually mean is that they are deliberately... well... lying. But what do you expect from these Green loons: after all, they have form.
Green charities and scientists adopted precisely the same tactic during the scare over global cooling in the early 1970s, e.g. this classic from Dr SH Schneider...
[W]e have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we may have. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.—Quoted by Jonathan Schell in The Fate Of The Earth, 1982.
They were wrong then, and they are wrong now. Fuck 'em, the lying sacks of shit.
* I wanted to look up Greenpeace UK's accounts, to see where their funding comes from, so I looked up their number on their website.
Greenpeace Ltd, Canonbury Villas London N1 2PN
Registered in London no 1314381, VAT registration no 625951426
Now, I assume that they are a Registered Charity but, oddly, if you put their registration number into the Charities Commission website, nothing comes up. If you search for "greenpeace", all you get is the Greenpeace Environmental Trust, the registered number of which is 284934.
Isn't that odd?
UPDATE: thanks to those in the comments who pointed out that Greenpeace run political campaigns and are therefore not allowed to be a charity, a fact that I should have remembered.