Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Global warming runaway train

The global warming train has left the station here in B.C. Our provincial government has enacted a carbon tax and the cost paid by families and businesses for traditional energy sources will increase every year. Global warming promoters have exaggerated the possible damage to Mother Earth, creating a hysteria that has shifted the global warming debate from an environmental possibility to a vote-getting tool.

The consequences of global warming are vastly overstated. For example, Al Gore's film, "An Inconvenient Truth," claims sea levels will rise by 20 feet over the next 100 years, flooding places like New York and Florida. In fact, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the organization looked to by environmental groups such as the David Suzuki Foundation for their global warming data, claims sea levels will only rise by about one foot.

Should we be worried about a one-foot rise in sea level? Well, to put it into perspective, the sea level rose by about one foot over the past 100 years. Did anyone notice? Not really. However, this convenient exaggeration plays into the hands of politicians who use the public's fear to justify higher spending and the higher taxes needed to pay for that spending.

Do we want our legacy to be billions of dollars wasted on faddish pursuits that did virtually nothing for global temperatures a century from now? Or, do we want to make decisions based on actual science to achieve a cleaner environment in our lifetimes? Although the global warming train may have left the station in B.C. it should be derailed before it does any real damage.

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