New U.S. ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft says she believes 'both sides' of climate science ... "I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science," Craft [said].
With apologies to Joni Mitchell:
I've looked at Climate Change from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It's Climate Change illusions I recall
I really don't know Climate Change at all
To be fair to Ms. Craft, she's not directly quoted there as using the word "believe", so right off the bat one senses a media agenda. It seems they want us all to "believe", but Craft is a dreaded agnostic - horror of horrors. Are we talking about a new religion here?
Well, Craft's waffling and the CBC's dubious agenda aside, the comments below the article seemed much more indicative of the effects of the belief campaign.
Bryan Atkinson comments: These are the facts and they are undisputed: Record breaking size fires in BC, Fort Mac and California. Record number of forest fires in Greece, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. One after another category 4 & 5 hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Hurricane Ophelia hits Ireland in mid October. It's nature's way of telling you something's wrong.
Undisputed you say?
Giorgio Critico replies: No Bryan this is happening for millions of years. Hot and cold earth cycles please do some reading not fear mongering.
Emmanuel Rochon chimes in: Fires, Hurricanes, droughts, floods, melting ice-caps, heat waves....coincidence? I think not!
And later he says: It is her close ties to coal and money which have shaped her unwillingness to take an honest look at climate change.
It's that last statement that gives me pause. Okay, so people who have "close ties to coal and money" probably don't want to believe in "Climate Change". But the logical assumption, then, must be that people who profit from climate change prevention measures - like the electric car builders, and their promoters in a number of governments who are aiming to make them compulsory, probably don't have "Climate Change" as their first consideration. (Just do a Google search for "compulsory electric cars")
It's the age-old religion/atheist thing. There's no God. Yes there is a God. Well, if you believe in God so much, how come it hasn't made you a better person? You still smoke, cuss and carouse. Well, not as much as I used to.
Yeah, sounds like the folks who fuss about "Global Warming", caused by fossil fuel emissions, while still stinking up the city with their vehicles instead of walking or taking a bus (but maybe not as much as they used to?). Are they leaving it up to God (the guvmint) to bail us all out? Do they never stop to wonder why most politicians leave office stinking rich? The Council of Chief Executives by any other name runs Canada!
I figure people who talk like the commenter, Emmanuel, must be fairly young. I'm 77 and when I was 7 it rained all through the Christmas holidays. Santa left us umbrellas and we used them. And there were not many cars on the road - our milk and bread were delivered by horsecart. Boys played road hockey with frozen "horse pucks", and I learned to ride a bike without having to worry about whether a car would run me down - so few cars there were to disturb the peace, let alone the climate. So-o-o man, why did it rain 70 years ago when it was supposed to snow - before the fossil fuel theory could possibly have broken? Just Ma Nature, we figured. She knows what she's doing.
Then, when I was 14, Hurricane Hazel struck. Killed a lot of people, caused massive destruction. The insurance companies called it an Act of God. The rest of us put it down to Ma Nature and eventually got over it because, hey, hurricanes happen.
In the 50's, we didn't go online to check the weather report. We had our own outdoor thermometers, and the local radio station. I remember hearing "It's 99 in the shade", and for some reason it became a joke. We'd mimic the announcer, strutting around saying, "It's 99 in the shade" and laughing. I'm too old to have been a Bon Jovi fan, but he (they?) even wrote a happy song about it in 1988 - so it must have remained in other minds as well. (For comparison: 30C is only 86F) And we survived, and drank lemonade and got sun tanned, all under the wise auspices of Ma Nature.
Going back farther: The Dirty Thirties was not a porno movie. It's a nickname for a drought that lasted 10 years and affected a huge swath of the US - which nobody could possibly blame on "carbon" pollution.
Going back even farther: Do you know why the Irish (my ancestors) became refugees in the 1800's? Because of famine! Obviously not caused by fossil fuels.
Here are some other questions: 1. They're drilling for oil in the Arctic. Is it possible they're melting the ice to make that easier? Would they tell us if they were? 2. Nuclear plants cool their systems by running massive amounts of water through them. The water required to cool the condenser is taken from a nearby river or ocean. It is then pumped back into the river or ocean, in warmed condition. Could that cause some of the water warming we're hearing about? 3. Is manufacturing effluence and garbage killing sea life or is it "Global Warming"? And 4. Do you ever wonder why all they talk about is "fossil fuel"?
I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that when you hear "this is the WORST hurricane ever", check it out yourself. I don't mean to be insulting, but when I hear a baby weathercaster say, "I've never seen anything like this!" it cracks me right up.
While you're at it, do a little delving into the history of forest fires in Canada.
One last thing: There's no disputing that Geo-Engineering is also a fact. But it's quite secretive. Does any of us have a clue where that fits into the scheme of "Climate Change aka Global Warming"?
Another last thing: Check out physicist Denis Rancourt's article "On the Gargantuan lie of Climate Change Science" if you don't think it could be just as corporate-profit driven as some of the biggest naysayers.
And if none of the above does it for you, try George Carlin on Global Warming. "We don't know how to save ourselves and we want to save the planet?"
What I'm saying is: I don't know and neither do you. I certainly don't believe because I'm a total skeptic every which way from Sunday (especially Sunday). But I do know about Edward Bernays, the father of "Public Relations".
Still, this skeptic recycles, walks the 40 min. total distance to and from the shopping centre, and only rides the bus when the destination is too far to walk - all without any assurance at all that it will help prevent "Global Warming". It's simply cheaper and healthier. Try it.
Environment Canada scales back climate measurements at Alert due to staff shortage
Cuts to atmospheric, snow and ice measurements leave gaps in climate change data, scientists warn
YYC: Well, what to make of this? I wasn't going to mention it, but I check the weather forecast every day on the Environment Canada weather site. Each time I do, I scroll down and look at the Averages and Extremes and find out that decades ago the temp was higher than that forecasted. Not only that, but sometimes the daily temp doesn't even reach the predicted level. I hope they don't remove that little tell-tale resource.
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