Brit Gov Agency Strikes Down British Government Ads on Global Warming, saying they exaggerate concerns

I don't know which is worse, the fact that a government agency is trying to indoctrinate kids about global warming or that there is a government agency that looks at the content of ads. In the case of government ads, if you are going to have to have them, why not have another government agency to check for accuracy? My first choice though is to get rid of the ads.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that the adverts – which were based on the children's poems Jack and Jill and Rub-A-Dub-Dub – made exaggerated claims about the threat to Britain from global warming.
In definitely asserting that climate change would cause flooding and drought the adverts went beyond mainstream scientific consensus, the watchdog said.
It noted that predictions about the potential global impact of global warming made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "involved uncertainties" that the adverts failed to reflect.
The two posters created on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change juxtaposed adapted extracts from the nursery rhymes with prose warnings about the dangers of global warning.
One began: “Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. There was none as extreme weather due to climate change had caused a drought.” Beneath was written: “Extreme weather conditions such as flooding, heat waves and storms will become more frequent and intense.”
The second advert read: "Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub — a necessary course of action due to flash flooding caused by climate change.” It was captioned: “Climate change is happening. Temperature and sea levels are rising. Extreme weather events such as storms, floods and heat waves will become more frequent and intense. If we carry on at this rate, life in 25 years could be very different.”
Upholding complaints from members of the public, the ASA said that in both instances the text accompanying the rhymes should have been couched in softer language. . . .

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Blogger David said...

That is a frightening thought, government being allowed to oversee itself, let alone the government advertising man made global warming.

"...life in 25 years could be very different.”-so they do accept it may not kill us all. Different, like now vs. the age when glaciers covered most of North America?

3/15/2010 11:59 AM  
Blogger John A said...

Softer language? Gosh, "Mum and Dad are killing you unless they blow up the power plant" is objectionable?

3/15/2010 1:32 PM  

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