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Friday, February 10, 2012

Elizabeth May is a science denier

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The leader of the Green Party of Canada is a science denier. I say this because the Green party’s web site credits her with these words, “Of course, the background to all my concerns is the fact that the planet is warming almost visibly.” (Emphasis mine. For the full text of May’s Feb. 9 media release see here.)

The reverse, of course, is the truth. New temperature data released in January 2012 shows the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years. Those scientific data suggest we may even be at the verge of a mini ice age of the sort that allowed frost fairs to be held on the frozen Thames in the 17th Century.

These data are based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, and were released by the Met Office—the UK’s National Weather Service—and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. The release confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997, about 15 years ago.

So why does Elizabeth May continue to spout off about a warming planet when scientific research belies her claim? Because to do otherwise would destroy the raison d'être of her political party and put her out of a cushy job before she can start to collect her tax-funded pension.

© 2012 Russell G. Campbell

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  1. kinda dumb is you ask me. I want our premier to get rid of this stupid carbon Tax in BC now that we know it's a fraud. But she won't listen.

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    1. Look, the rest of Canada warned you people in BC that once you have this carbon tax no other province would follow, and we warned you that you'll never get rid of it. There is no way BC will repeal the carbon tax. This tax does not generate much revenue, but it is symbolic, it makes many people feel less guilty about their debaucherous lives. Its not going to go away no matter who is elected.

      I'm glad I don't live there anymore.

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  2. You would think that Elizabeth May would be dancing on tables celebrating the fact that there has been no global warming for the last 15 years.
    I guess May, with her immunized hypothesis of global warming, will just continue to add on ad hoc explanations, refusing to even entertain the idea that her and her party's original claim may actually be false.

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    1. You'd think that, but in reality they hope and pray for global warming. Whenever a hurricane hits the east coast they hope and pray for death and destruction. They live depressing lives really.

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  3. I agree with Roy, but there is no talk or move to repleal the carbon tax in BC. In fact from what I just read it is scheduled to be increased. We might as well have a fairy dust tax.

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  4. Off topic but Russ I am an avid reader of your posts and I would love to post many to my facebook page if you had that capability attached. This one is precious and would be a lightening bolt to many of my friends. Please consider providing that option if possible.
    Thank You
    Tom

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  5. The Daily Mail article you link to isn't exactly "the data". The article refers to Met Office/CRU data... but the Met Office doesn't say that there is no global warming problem, or that global warming has stopped.

    The only thing I've been able to find on the Met Office website that reflects some of what is in the Daily Mail article is here: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/archive/2012/solar-output-research

    The headline there: "Decline in solar output unlikely to offset global warming"

    The Daily Mail article quotes people from the Met Office saying just that: "Yet, in its paper, the Met Office claimed that the consequences now would be negligible – because the impact of the sun on climate is far less than man-made carbon dioxide. Although the sun’s output is likely to decrease until 2100, ‘This would only cause a reduction in global temperatures of 0.08C.’ Peter Stott, one of the authors, said: ‘Our findings suggest  a reduction of solar activity to levels not seen in hundreds of years would be insufficient to offset the dominant influence of greenhouse gases.’"

    (Some of what I just quoted from the Daily Mail article is in the Met Office press release that I cited above).

    The Met Office has recently released a list of the dozen hottest years on record (actually four lists, four different data sets, but very similar results):
    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/archive/2011/2012-global-temperature-forecast

    If you (or anyone) could point me to the Met Office/CRU data that shows no warming for the last 15 years, I would be most grateful. As it is, I haven't been able to find the original source. Until I can find this data, and confirm that it says what the Daily Mail says it says, I can only conclude that it isn't entirely accurate to say that the "scientific research belies her [Elizabeth May's] claim". Thus far it looks like only the Daily Mail belies her claim... a claim supported by the Met Office.

    Best,
    -anon1152

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    1. Why not just Google this: "world average temperature 1997 - 2012".

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    2. The Internet is replete with references to the fact that average temperatures have not increased beyond the 1998 level--a 15-year period. This despite a significant increase in CO2 emissions over that period.

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    3. The internet is, as you say, replete with references. But as I intimated in my comment at 9:30 am, they all seem to be references to Blog posts, or to that Daily Mail article, or to Blog posts linking to that daily mail article. I was hoping to find something closer to the... uh... horse's mouth. So to speak. I'd rather find the original source than believe either the Daily Mail, or Elizabeth May.

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  6. All I get when I do that is a list of links to blogs or newspaper articles... mostly referring back to the Daily Mail article... I can't seem to find the original data. Perhaps I should try calling the Met Office...

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  7. Ms. May confuses El Nino with evidence of climate change and global warming with the European deep freeze. Everything is evidence except the sun.

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  8. I agree weith Mr. Campbell on this one. There may be some global warming in the long run (like in the last 100 years), but it does not mean that it was produced by our activity. I suggest you to check Super Freakonomics, where authors dedicated one chapter especially to the theme of global warming. We need our Energy Resources to keep our economical growth. We are unable to substitute it with renewable sources right now. We have to keep going forward and some solution will occur. I´m sure of that.

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