NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER MUST USE STRONG SCIENCE EVIDENCE WHEN STANDING UP TO BULLIES

April 19, 2013: "What Joe Oliver should have said", letter to the editor published in the National Post across Canada.

Re: Ministers Head In Opposite Directions On Climate Change, April 13.

Environment Minister Peter Kent capitulated long ago to climate campaigners and he regularly promotes the hypothesis that humanity’s carbon dioxide emissions are causing a climate crisis. So it was to be expected that activists such as Greenpeace would find it “appalling” and “shocking” that Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver expressed doubt about the severity of man-made global warming.

Unfortunately, the predictable reaction from activists resulted in the Minister effectively repledging true allegiance to the global warming scare. He should have provided far more substantial evidence for his correct statements. He should have mentioned the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change in which hundreds of science research papers are cited that disproved much of the basis of climate alarm. He should have mentioned the 2011 testimonies of four leading climate experts before a Senate committee that showed how poor the evidence is for dangerous human-caused climate problems. He could have mentioned the dozens of open letters and other declarations endorsed by hundreds of scientists (sample here) over the past 15 years that the climate scare is scientifically unfounded.

 

He might then even bring Mr. Kent over to a more realistic stance on climate change.

Tom Harris, executive director, International Climate Science Coalition, Ottawa.