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UCP MLA Announces He Will Attend an Anti-Climate Science Conference in Order to ‘Listen and Learn’

Conference organizer promoted theory Microsoft founder Bill Gates engineered the coronavirus to undermine Donald Trump

March 6, 2020

United Conservative Party MLA Drew Barnes says he’ll be in the crowd taking notes at an upcoming anti-climate science conference in Calgary.

Barnes, who is Jason Kenney’s MLA for Cypress Medicine Hat, tweeted Friday morning that he and his riding’s board members are “planning on attending” a conference on “climate science” hosted by a group called Friends of Science.

This year’s conference is titled: “Freedom of speech! NO climate emergency!”

“Looking (forward) to listening and learning,” Barnes tweeted.

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Barnes did not respond to multiple requests for comment from PressProgress.

Friends of Science is a controversial group with a reputation for promoting dubious claims about climate change and other mainstream scientific views.

Last month, the group promoted a conspiracy theory claiming Microsoft Windows creator Bill Gates created the coronavirus as a biological weapon.

Friends of Science later told PressProgress that a “volunteer” had made an “error” by clicking the “retweet button” on Bill Gates coronavirus conspiracy articles

They have previously attributed global warming to sunshine and “cosmic rays.”

The event page for Friends of Science’s 2020 conference lists Dr. Roy Spencer, a noted climate skeptic as one of the event’s headliners.

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Spencer is a University of Alabama researcher who runs a blog railing against mainstream climate science. He is a member of an advisory board of an evangelical pseudoscience group that denies that denies basic realities about climate change and also asserts that fossil fuels are a gift of God’s creation.

Spencer’s talk is titled “10 Reasons Why there is No Climate Emergency” and dismisses climate change as “gross exaggerations.”

“Recent warming of the climate system has been modest and benign,” Spencer’s write-up states. “the ‘climate emergency’ claims are not based upon science.”

Another speaker, Donna Laframboise, has been a senior fellow at the right-wing Frontier Centre for Public Policy and founded an organization that promoted the idea that there is “no consensus” on climate change science.

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Disturbing Data From Statistics Canada Shows Anti-Indigenous Hate Crimes Are On The Rise

New Statistics Canada data shows hate crimes targeting Indigenous peoples in Canada increased by 17% between 2016 and 2018

March 5, 2020

As Indigenous peoples in Canada deal with a wave of racism thanks to escalating rhetoric from right-wing politicians, corporate media outlets and social media campaigns by groups funded by the oil industry, new data from Statistics Canada shows anti-Indigenous hate has been rising steadily in recent years.

According to StatCan’s figures, the number of hate crimes targeting Indigenous peoples…