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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Burned by global warming

My weekly "debate" column in the Tri-City News continued uninterrupted last weekend with Cynthia Van Ginkle, a young Port Moody council member who is not seeking re-election, stepping up to the plate to replace Mary Woo Sims, who is now seeking a spot on Coquitlam council. Our first subject was global warming. Read my column here, and Cynthia's here.

Cynthia's view was a mainstream green one, while I advanced a cautious, skeptical position about global warming, and opinioned the rather unoriginal viewpoint that money spent reducing CO2 emissions would be better spent on medicines and clean water. My position generated two letters to the editor from unimpressed readers, here, one of whom suggested that questioning global-warming orthodoxy was akin to arguing the world is flat. Ouch!

Anyway, feel free to write editor Richard Dal Monte with your own thoughts on this issue. His email address is [email protected].

Posted by Terry O'Neill on October 27, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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The question shouldn't be if global warming is real or not. It should be whether or not Kyoto is a sound solution to it. From the example set by Ontario's auto industry receiving an exemption from the Liberal Party, I would say that Kyoto is a looming disaster. Its intention is to export billions of taxpayer's dollars to buy the right to pollute, and transfer the money to third world dictators. Since there is no way to enforce how they will spend the money, it is logical to believe that the effort will be completely wasted. Even many prominent Liberals support this point.

Alberta's economy is threatened by Kyoto on two fronts. One is the crippling of the energy sector, which will have a serious effect on the Alberta economy just like the NEP did. The second is the draining of most of Canada's "contribution". Ontario doesnt want to pay, so they sent Alberta the bill, not caring whether or not Alberta could pay. It is a lose-lose situation, and if secession is what we have to do, then so be it. The rich easterners started this, and we will finish it.

Posted by: Scott | 2005-10-27 10:43:08 AM

Umm...the world's not flat ?

Posted by: MarkAlta | 2005-10-27 12:44:01 PM

There is global warming and it has been in progress for the last 4 or 5 hundred years. It has nothing to do with us. When the falsehood of us being responsible for global warming first started in the late 70’s early 80's {it actually started as global cooling if you remember, david susuki actually gave a speech on that subject at some university, which one I can't remember] I looked a lot of the stats at the local library. At that time you could actually trust what most scientists had to say and they all said the globe was warming. Smelly polluted air we are responsible for and good on anyone trying to improve it. There are enough sound reasons for cleaning up the environment without all the BS and left wing falsification of facts.

Posted by: AsISeeIt | 2005-10-27 12:58:59 PM

If we have global warming will the vikings resume farming in greenland where they used to a thousand years ago?

Glad david suzuki wasn't around during the last ice age when a sheet a mile thick pressed down on Manitoba. He would have been skinning evry wolly rhino in sight to cover the ice and stop it from melting.

I live in winnipeg I'm not scared of global warming.

Oh no it might only be -25 in january instead of
-35 ?????


When I was a kid all the bobbing heads said it would be an ice age???

Posted by: ghollingshead | 2005-10-27 2:23:44 PM

And the coming ice age was due to... wait for it... C02 emissions.

If the Liberals were serious about Kyoto, they'd put a 20cent /litre tax at the pump. Take the revenue and build some nuclear reactors. Then watch David Suzuki's head explode.

Posted by: Norman Lorrain | 2005-10-27 11:11:43 PM

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