Opinion

True science on climate change is never settled

To the Editor,

Re: Climate coalition claims simply not legitimate, Letters, Jan. 12.

While clearly in retreat,  proponents of man-made global warming continue sniping at those who dare to question the data claiming man-made global warming as fact.

Let us not forget that it is these same proponents who shifted the focus from ‘global warming’ – which clearly is not happening – to ‘climate change’, which, of course, always is. Rather than focusing on recent data, Ian Gartshore falls back on character assassination and specious argument.

While Gartshore dismisses the International Climate Science Coalition, interested readers may wish to check their scientific credentials for themselves at http://tinyurl.com/3pzha26.

Equating atmospheric warming with that of a car in the hot sun is just absurd reductionism.

The British Met Office, one of the primary Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change proponents of global warming, quietly revised it’s own predictions on Christmas Eve.

Just a year ago, the Met Office’s computer prediction had shown temperatures over the next five years soaring 0.8 C higher than the average between 1971 and 2000 and far higher than the previous record year of 1998.

Their new graph, however, shows the lack of any significant warming over the past 15 years as likely to continue.

Unlike Gartshore, I won’t resort to ad hominem attacks on the motives of people who cling to the hubris of controlling our climate by controlling our economy.

Nor will I accept the oft repeated but entirely inaccurate claim that ‘the science is settled’. True science is never settled.

Randy O’Donnell

Nanaimo

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