May. 3, 2019

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: 

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?

Ron Bolin


Thank you for your editorial regarding this matter.
Since we are now living in a declared "Emergency Zone" I'm wondering if
this will have a negative effect on people considering moving to Nanaimo;
perhaps immigration should be halted until the emergency has ended
Also how will council determine the emergency has ended and can safely be lifted?
Are we forever going to be in a state of emergency?
People thought the previous council was dysfunctional now this one – we had such high hopes.
I guess they needed a break from figuring out how to keep us irresponsible little children from
plastic bags as we can't be trusted to dispose of them properly.
Climate Change needs to be understood within the context
UN Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030.
Between yourself and Ron Bolin there is a disagreement as to the consensus among scientists.
The consensus is not as definite as the politically correct would have us believe.
After all consensus is the realm of politics not science, so I have pasted below some quotes from
the real experts, that is the politicians.
So as always…. “follow the money”.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Sincerely, Ian MacNeil
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“We [UN-IPCC] redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy…”
“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.”
Christiana Figueres was appointed as the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010, and was reappointed for a second three-year term in July 2013.
A shocking statement was made by United Nations official Christiana Figueres at a news conference in Brussels. Figueres admitted that the Global Warming conspiracy set by the UN’s
Framework Convention on Climate Change, of which she is the executive secretary, has a goal not of environmental activists to save the world from ecological calamity, but to destroy capitalism.
She said very casually: “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”
She even restated that goal ensuring it was not a mistake:
“This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”
INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY [source of quote, c2010-2016]
U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare:
Economic Systems: The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man's stewardship of the environment. But we know that's not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this.
At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.
"This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution," she said.
Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: "This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history."
The only economic model in the last 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism.
The evidence is prima facie: From a feudal order that lasted a thousand years, produced zero growth and kept workdays long and lifespans short, the countries that have embraced free-market capitalism have enjoyed a system in which output has increased 70-fold, work days have been halved and lifespans doubled.
Figueres is perhaps the perfect person for the job of transforming "the economic development model" because she's really never seen it work. "If you look at Ms. Figueres' Wikipedia page," notes Cato economist Dan Mitchell: Making the world look at their right hand while they choke developed economies with their left.