How Climate Change and Islamic Terrorism are the same

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Lorry Goldstein at the Toronto Sun has figured it out

Our politicians spend a lot of time debating whether they should call Islamic terrorism, Islamic terrorism.

Many, like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama, don’t.

This raises the concern of how we can solve a problem if we’re not prepared to say what it is.

This also applies to climate change.

If I had a dollar for every time I hear a politician misuse the phrase “climate change” I could almost finance Ontario’s $300 billion debt.

It’s so ubiquitous, I often do it myself.

To be clear, no one is fighting “climate change”.

Last year’s Paris accord is not a treaty to address “climate change”.

Despite David Suzuki’s doomsday warnings in a ridiculous Ontario government ad designed to scare the bejeebers out of children, “climate change” is not a problem they will have to solve.

No one can stop climate change. The climate has been changing for billions of years.

How did we find ourselves in this position?   This is how:

First we had AGW, or Anthropogenic Global Warming.  In other words, man-made climate change.  It was acknowledged that climate change was happening anyway, but there was a component that human beings are responsible for.  The theory being that if humans stopped contributing, then climate change would continue the way it was meant to… in whatever direction it goes.

But we’re also sold a picture of a future climate where all the disasters go away!

There is no perfect climate in which humanity will never experience hurricanes, floods, droughts, record heat and cold snaps and rising or receding oceans.

Climate change led to major extinctions of life long before we were around.

The Sun, ocean currents, volcanic eruptions, the tilt of the Earth on its axis, the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, cloud cover, are all natural factors that influence climate. [..]

This doesn’t mean every place on Earth is getting hotter every year.It doesn’t mean the Earth is the hottest it’s ever been. (The hottest “on record” means about 150 years.)

We could end humanity’s use of fossil fuels and stop cutting down forests tomorrow, and the Earth’s climate would go right on changing, sometimes prolonging life, sometimes extinguishing it, as it has for billions of years.

The specific concern about anthropogenic climate change is that the abnormal warming caused by humanity, starting in the latter half of the 20th century, could trigger very sudden changes in the Earth’s climate, with devastating consequences for the environment and for us.

But to go from there to, for example, claiming the Paris treaty will keep the Earth from warming more than 2 C or 1.5 C, is ridiculous.

We have very little control over total climate.  But these hippies now talk as if we can’t just stop the man-made part, but also the natural changes.

The only thing we can control — and we’re lousy at it — is the amount of industrial greenhouse gases we put into the atmosphere.

Most of us will be dead long before we know whether this had the desired effect or produced unintended consequences.



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