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.