Town halls on climate change are a setup

The only way the Canadian government’s climate change town halls will generate feedback that is representative of real public opinion is if it stops loading up the events with propaganda.

The federal government initially appeared to want the town halls — to be held in Toronto on July 21 at Roncesvalles United Church and on July 26 at Sheridan College — to be more than mere pep rallies.

In her video asking for public input, federal Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna says: “We need your help. We need your ideas and solutions. And we need everyone to be engaged in this national effort.”

Yet, addressing the June 4 Ottawa West town hall, the minister warned, “I hope all of you are here because you believe that we need to take action!”

McKenna then told the audience exactly how we are expected to think:

“If we don’t set ourselves in a much better trajectory, we’re going to have irreparable changes … these are going to be changes that are going to be so dramatic that the impacts on humans, on animals, on biodiversity, is going to be such that we won’t be able to deal properly with the future.”

As I explained to the minister following her presentation, it is wrong to speak with such confidence.

Even the world’s leading experts do not know the future of climate change.

The reports of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), several of which I gave to McKenna, cite hundreds of references published in leading science journals that show today’s climate is not unusual, and evidence of future climate calamity is weak.

It is not just in town hall presentations that the government is influencing the public opinion it is supposedly seeking to ascertain.

On its web pages explaining how to run the events, the government includes a one-sided PowerPoint presentation it “suggests using … to guide the discussion.”

It includes a scientifically flawed FAQ, biased guidelines for recording public input, samples of approved “Emails, tweets and Facebook posts,” and even a news release that organizers are encouraged to use to report the results of town halls.

The suggested news release begins, “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and also one of the greatest opportunities.”

It does not seem to occur to them that some meetings may come to entirely different conclusions.…

Warmist Dem Senators To Rail Against Skeptics Senate Floor

BY: Lachlan Markay
July 11, 2016 3:15 pm

Democratic senators have been assigned conservative nonprofit groups to call out by name on the chamber floor in speeches on Monday and Tuesday criticizing corporations and advocacy groups for opposing Democratic climate policies, internal emails reveal.

Nineteen Senate Democrats will attack specific organizations in what they are calling a “web of denial,” according to a schedule of floor speeches circulated by Emily Enderle, a top environmental policy adviser to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.), who is spearheading the effort.

Internal emails about the effort obtained by the Free Beacon reveal a highly coordinated plan between members of Congress and environmental activist groups to fuel a public relations and legal offensive against fossil fuel companies and groups they support.

Enderle’s email also included graphics and suggested tweets to use “as guides as you craft digital content.”

According to her email, Whitehouse and his allies, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), have crafted a schedule for floor speeches on Monday and Tuesday that assigns each participating Senator at least one group to go after by name.

Most of the groups have already been targeted by state Democratic officials that have undertaken a coordinated legal campaign against oil giant ExxonMobil since last year. Many were named in subpoenas sent to the company by state attorneys general as part of that effort.…

When human cost of ‘going green’ can be far too high

Buncrana tragedy shows the banning of some unpopular chemicals, such as those which could have cleared pier of slippery algae, can be catastrophic

By Phelim McAleer



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Louise James (front left) carries the coffin of one of her sons killed at Buncrana
Louise James (front left) carries the coffin of one of her sons killed at Buncrana

The Buncrana pier tragedy should give us pause. It’s a moment to consider life, hug our loved ones and contemplate how we might prevent such horrors happening in the future.

A major piece missing from the Buncrana pier discussion is how empty platitudes and feel-good environmental policies may have contributed to the death of five family members. We owe it to the McGrotty and Daniels families – and our own families – to take a hard look at the culture of dogmatic environmentalism.

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You can’t ask basic questions of environmentalists anymore without being labelled a “denier”, or “anti-science” or, worst of all, a “conservative”. We’re supposed to “go green” without a second thought.

But when we turn off our brains for the sake of dogma – any dogma – we lose sight of the consequences of our choices. It’s likely the McGrotty and Daniels families weren’t thinking about environmental policy on their St Patrick’s weekend outing.

They were rightfully enjoying each other’s company, the weather and the beautiful view from Buncrana pier.

It was their last stop before the six of them were to return home.

But, as Sean McGrotty made a three-point turn on the pier, his tyres slipped on the dangerously thick layer of algae and never regained traction. The car plummeted into the water.

“The algae was absolutely lethal,” said Davitt Walsh, an eyewitness who, after seeing the accident, dived into the water and by sheer willpower, fighting the rising tide and exhaustion, was able to rescue four-month-old Rioghnach-Ann – the only family member to survive.