There he goes again, suggesting (not for the first time) that we arrest Stephen Harper for his “criminal” inaction on climate change.
We’re not the best ones to make arguments against the whole climate change hysteria, there are plenty of excellent persons and blogs that are dedicated to that cause, and we defer to them.
But it boils down to four questions about the Climate Change debate.
- Is Climate Change real?
Maybe. Sure. The earth has gone through a great number of climate change cycles during it’s existence, including several ice ages and several hot-house periods. They’ve found alligator bones near the Arctic Circle… did those alligators drive there in their SUV’s? But for the sake of argument here, let’s concede that the earth is in fact warming…. again.
2. Is Climate Change man-made?
This is where the IPCC term “anthropogenic global warming” or AGW comes in, i.e. that man made “pollutants” (if you consider carbon dioxide a pollutant) is the main cause of Climate Change. This is more contentious. You may get us to concede that AGW is a contributor, but to what extent? What percentage of our current global warming can be directly attributed to our carbon dioxide emissions? There is no answer that quantifies it. But again, let’s concede for the sake of argument that we are contributing some appreciable amount to the current global warming.
3. Are the effects of Climate Change catastrophic?
Here’s where we go rogue; no. Virtually every IPCC prediction for the doomsday effects of AGW on the earth, from the early part of the century to recently have been false. Global sea levels – more or less the same… no flooding of Miami or islands in the South Pacific. Himalaya glaciers melted by 2013? Just the opposite in fact, ice caps have increased, not only in the Himalayas but in parts of the Arctic and Antarctic. Global temperatures have more or less held steady for the past 18 years, despite claims to the contrary about the “hottest year on record” et al. Climate models have failed to accurately predict future conditions thus far, so why are we trusting that they will get it right eventually? The effects of Climate Change will not be catastrophic or something that we cannot adapt to.
4. Do you trust the government to stop Climate Change?
Hell, no. And last time we checked, there was no WORLD GOVERNMENT that could force China, India, Russia and Brazil to hold their carbon output. Canada is a mere 1.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and of that 0.7% was attributed to the oil sands, which is slowing down given global gas prices.
So, David Suzuki is an unfortunate example of that poor soul who shouts into an echo chamber and thinks his own thoughts said out loud are validation of his dumb ideas. He cannot predict the effects of climate change, so what are we arresting Harper for? And Harper was supposed to do what to stop global warming?
Go away old man.