Opinion

Climate change the new flavour

Both the Provincial and the Federal Governments are yet again successfully creating a smoke screen and we are allowing them to hide behind it.

They are the masters of this. They govern by 30 second sound bites and opinion polls. Their latest example of this is made even worse because they are using a real issue to hide two equally important social matters. They are both climbing on the climate change bandwagon, which neither government ever mentioned until recently.

The media and pollsters have decided this is the flavor of the month. We all recognize global warming is a major issue, but it didn’t suddenly appear this week. Where were the decision makers for the past 20 years or so? Where were our leaders? Where were our visionaries? Where was the common sense department?

Now they are scrambling to become our saviors. It’s time for a reality check. Whilst global warming is serious, so are the homeless and our health care systems. Our governments are now pompously declaring this is the number one concern of Canadians.

I guess it is if you carefully craft the questions asked. However if Canadians were asked if that was to the exclusion of the other two issues I am sure they would receive a very different answer.

Global warming must be addressed. However, if we as a society in British Columbia cannot provide the very basic needs for our sick, our poor and our vulnerable, perhaps global warming is nature’s way of saying we don’t deserve a place on this planet. 

Roy Summerhayes

Qualicum Beach

Thanks for making the offer to print the other side of the story regarding the hysteria surrounding global warming.  One would have thought that, in this modern day and age, the public would have wanted relevant facts regarding both sides of this issue checked and verified but, obviously, that has not been the case. The willingness of the public to believe unsupported claims is astonishing. 

 Some of these claims involve Al Gore’s statement about the seas rising so fast they will inundate our coastal cities (they are not), croplands burning up (they are not), and so forth. 

I even recall David Suzuki’s unchecked statement that winters in his hometown of London, Ontario were not as severe as in his youth, only to have him embarrassed when the facts were checked and it was determined that the average snowfall was now occurring earlier and was rising compared to half a century ago.

 Many of the claims about global warming are simply wrong.  Just go to any world almanac and see for yourself. 

There are two aspects to this hysteria that are particularly frightening.

 First, because supposed global warming involves our entire planet, and human action is blamed, then it becomes clear that the regulators and lawmakers of this world now have open season to create laws governing every single aspect of our existence on earth.  The potential real diminishment to human individual liberty is ghastly to contemplate.

 Second, such regulations will begin to make it impossible for industry and commerce to function with anything resembling maximum efficiency. 

That will surely reduce economic activity, employment, government revenues and our standard of living. 

Next, the hiring of uncountable lawyers, bureaucrats and police to draft, impose and enforce the coming tsunami of laws and regulations will result in almost incalculable expenses.

The public should begin to think about where we are truly headed before swallowing any more of the tripe coming from the radical environmental community.

Leonard M. Melman

Nanoose Bay, BC

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