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It is high time every Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate thoroughly debunked the climate scare. For climate alarmism threatens to ruin the Canada previous generations fought and died to preserve.
If you think the five-month COVID-19-induced shutdown has been rough, imagine a permanent such shutdown, but with soaring gasoline, natural gas and electricity prices. Our children have a bleak future indeed if today’s climate activists get their way.
Yet, to date, only Derek Sloan has dared contest the sacred cow of dangerous human-induced climate change, promising to take Canada out of the Paris Agreement. The rest of the leadership candidates – Peter MacKay, Erin O’Toole and Leslyn Lewis – have acquiesced to the alarm.
This is a huge problem. ‘Stopping climate change’ has become a central organizing principle of public policy formulation, as manufacturing jobs have disappeared overseas, vitally needed oil pipelines have been cancelled or delayed, and electricity rates have skyrocketed.
This has caused severe damage to Canadian energy consumers and producers while impairing national unity. Poverty awaits for many more Canadians if current climate change and energy policies continue.
Besides wanting to avoid being labelled ‘climate change deniers,’ and attempting to attract left-wing voters, MacKay, O’Toole and Lewis are apparently under the impression that they must ignore rank and file Conservatives on this issue and follow what they perceive to be general public opinion. This is a mistake.
In “Shifting public opinion on climate change: an empirical assessment of factors influencing concern over climate change in the U.S.,” published in 2012 in the journal Climatic Change, McGill University, Drexel University and Ohio State University researchers demonstrated that the stated positions of politicians and other “elites” in society is the primary factor influencing public opinion.
The study showed that when prominent Republicans worked with Democrats to support concerns about dangerous global warming, the public was far more supportive of this stance. However, following the Republican split with the Democrats on the issue in 2008, there was a quick reduction in the fraction of the public who “worried a great deal” about climate.
The same would apply in Canada. So, unless MacKay, O’Toole and Lewis actually want the public to support climate alarmism, they should clearly state that the scare is wrong, citing reports such as those of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change. These documents summarize thousands of studies from peer-reviewed scientific journals that either refute or cast serious doubt on the climate scare. Then Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidates can play their proper role of leading the public to a balanced understanding of this important topic.
Indeed, all Conservatives must ‘cross the Rubicon,’ and call a spade a spade: the idea that we detrimentally affect climate through our use of fossil fuels is one of the worst deceptions ever perpetrated. The primary result of the climate crusade will not be enhanced environmental protection but expanded government power, reduced individual freedom, and huge profits for alternative energy companies. Attempts to convert from reliable coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power to flimsy and expensive wind and solar power to supposedly ‘save the climate’ is both ridiculous and dangerous.
After all, “carbon pollution,” that the government tells us we must reduce, is really carbon dioxide (CO2), a colourless, odourless gas essential for plant photosynthesis and so needed for life. It is the very opposite of pollution. It is not worth spending anything at all trying to reduce CO2 emissions.
And, yes, climate change is real. So is sunrise and gravity. That doesn’t mean that we cause them, or, in the case of climate change, if we do contribute, that our impact is in any way dangerous.
And, for Conservatives too timid or uninformed to say this, they need the courage to at least state that, at 1.6% of world emissions, Canada’s contribution is trivial in comparison with countries such as China, by far the largest emitter. And China clearly has no intention whatsoever of reducing emissions so Canada’s sacrifice would be for nothing. The best policy is to simply adapt to climate change as it occurs.
Any Conservative leadership candidate so frightened by political correctness that they stand idly by while our nation is sucked further into the black hole of climate alarmism is not worthy of leading any party, let alone becoming prime minister.
Tom Harris is Executive Director of the Ottawa-based International Climate Science Coalition.
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