“The ultimate aim of climate activists is no less than to entirely terminate our use of hydrocarbon fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas,” explained Harris. “So, it is a disastrous strategy for a province that derives most of its income from those resources to support a movement that is trying to kill the market for the same resources.”
“What keeps getting lost in all of this is that it’s an absolutely senseless argument,” said ICSC Science Advisory Board member, Dr. Tim Ball, former climatology professor from the
University of Saskatchewan geology professor Dr. Brian Pratt asked, “Now that it is well established, and indeed accepted by scientists who count themselves as global warming alarmists, that the ‘average global temperature’ has shown itself to be decoupled from the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, then why is it that Premier Redford’s government is still fixated on a scientifically-flawed premise of human-induced, catastrophic climate change?”
“Should we not expect our political masters to be on top of the latest scientific developments before forcing on the populace measures that will have serious economic consequences?” Pratt wondered. “This is not to say there aren’t legitimate environmental concerns associated with oil sands extraction.”
“Climate Change science is still evolving and the link between human-added CO2 and climate warming remains elusive,” agreed Dr. Madhav Khandekar, consultant meteorologist and former Environment Canada Research Scientist. "Further, the modest warming of the last 30 years has NOT led to increase in extreme weather events, which are naturally driven and have in fact declined in respect of thunderstorm and tornado counts for
Khandekar advised, “We must prepare for and adapt to climate change as it occurs, not vainly trying to stop it from happening.”
“If the Americans don’t change course and quickly approve Keystone XL, with no climate change-related strings attached, then we should focus instead on getting the Northern Gateway pipeline approved and built and expand our oil sands shipments to China,” asserted Ball. “
“It is perhaps understandable that the
The ICSC is a non-partisan group of scientists, economists and energy and policy experts who are working to promote better understanding of climate science and related policy worldwide. We aim to help create an environment in which a more rational, open discussion about climate issues emerges, thereby moving the debate away from implementation of costly and ineffectual “climate control” measures. Instead, ICSC encourages effective planning for, and adaptation to, inevitable natural climate variability, and continuing scientific research into the causes and impacts of climate change.
ICSC also focuses on publicizing the repercussions of misguided plans to “solve the climate crisis”. This includes, but is not limited to, “carbon” sequestration as well as the dangerous impacts of attempts to replace conventional energy supplies with wind turbines, solar power, most biofuels and other ineffective and expensive energy sources.
For more information about this announcement or ICSC in general, visit http://www.climatescienceinternational.org, or contact:
Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (Mech. – thermofluids)
Executive Director, International Climate Science Coalition, and Advisor to the Frontier Centre for Public Policy
P.O. Box 23013
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4E2