Nanaimo council misinformed on climate emergency
Studying climate can be termed science,
predicting climate moves beyond science.
Predicting a variable is a contradiction in terms.
Nanaimo City Council has passed
a resolution declaring a climate emergency.
Sadly, this council, known for its leftist leanings, has fallen for a faulty, incomplete science perpetrated by leftist dogmatists and climate alarmists.
Three eminent American Professors last year (March 19, 2018) made a presentation to a California Court (United States District Court, Northen District Of California, San Francisco Division) on this matter: Dr. William Happer of Princeton University, Dr. Steven E. Koonin of New York University and Dr. Richard Lindzen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This 31-page presentation was in response to the Court’s request for more scientific information on our climate.
Here is the summary: "Our overview of climate science is framed through four statements:
1. The climate is always changing; changes like those of the past half-century are common in the geologic record, driven by powerful natural phenomena.
2. Human influences on the climate are a small (1%) perturbation to natural energy flows.
3. It is not possible to tell how much of the modest recent warming can be ascribed to human influences.
4. There have been no detrimental changes observed in the most salient climate variables and today’s projections of future changes are highly uncertain.
We offer supporting evidence for each of these statements drawn almost exclusively from the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) issued by the US government in November, 2017 or from the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) issued in 2013-14 by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or from the refereed primary literature.’
There are hundreds of other similar scientific papers and experts but which or who are seldom carried by mainstream publications or our public institutions and, therefore, are not readily available to the average citizen. Hence, a balanced informed view is nigh impossible.
There are many pressing issues under full or partial municipal jurisdiction to which the Mayor and Council should be directing their energies. Complex climate science is not one of them.
This Council reminds of the quote by writer Robert Tracinski:
“I believe in science” is an homage given to science by people who generally don’t understand much about it. Science is used here not to describe specific methods or theories, but to provide a badge of tribal identity. Which serves, ironically, to demonstrate a lack of interest in the guiding principles of actual science.”
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While it is certainly true that there are those who may pooh-pooh climate science and that some of them are scientists, though often not climate scientists, anyone who wishes to ignore or ridicule the majority of climate scientists on this topic and also ignores the evidence of our seas, our air, our weather and our climate surely ignores the precautionary principle at the risk of civilization as we know it.
If Mr. Peckford offers his three scientists as evidence that other scientists are less insightful than they and wishes to lean on their expertise, I hope that he has pursued the evidence by examining the information to be found about them and other climate experts which can be found at: https://www.desmogblog.com/
There are those, sometimes wedded to the fortunes of fossil fuel and related corporations, who find the precautionary principle too constraining and are willing to risk the lives and fortunes of all for their opinions. Change is never easy.
At the same time, I think it fair to ask our Council, in the light of their recent declaration of a climate emergency, what effect that decision has made on the final municipal budget and resultant tax rates which they will be approving on Monday (May 6). Does the increase in property taxes of over 5% plus increasing costs of municipal services clearly demonstrate this concern in the use of the added spending?
UN Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030.
“One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmentalpolicy any more.”