Wish I’d said that – April 13, 2017

“No one can possibly say where the historian’s work ceases, and the journalist’s begins. The present is continuously in process of becoming the past: the frontier of history ends only with yesterday’s newspaper. A good journalist casts anxious and inquiring glances over his shoulder, and a good historian lifts his eyes from the page to look at the world around him…. Thucydides was writing not merely a history but an anguished record of contemporary events, in which he had acted and suffered…. Walter Raleigh, in his History of the World, was directing a gigantic and angry editorial to the subjects of James I.”

Paul Johnson The Offshore Islanders

 

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Carbon taxes – what’s at stake

Just how high are carbon taxes going to go in Canada? Fasten your seatbelt… in a car you can’t put gas into. The federal Liberals are only talking soothingly about carbon taxes of $10/tonne, rising to $50 by 2022. But now the National Post reveals that in fact they know their targets would require $100/tonne within 3 years, and $300 by 2050. Meaning the virtual end of heating your home, cooking your food or getting around with any technology we actually have.

It shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Both the BC and Ontario governments are entirely open about their plans to reduce CO2 and equivalent emissions by nearly 80% by 2050. Which doesn’t just spell doom for oil and gas producers. It means you, your kids and your grandkids will be ordered by government to use 80% less oil, gas and natural gas, necessarily requiring prohibitive taxes, strict regulations or probably both, and leading to a desperately impoverished lifestyle.

Now let me be clear here. If the “man-made global warming” or more recently “man-made climate change” crisis is as bad as the alarmists say, no price is too high to stop it. Not that their plans would, but that’s another story. The point here is that you cannot concede the extremists’ science then try to fight the carbon tax on the basis of jobs lost. If you agree that we are destroying the planet with CO2, you must agree to drastic measures to change our behaviour. You cannot, as conservatives too often do in this country and elsewhere, try to rally the troops round the white flag. To surrender on principle then fight on implementation makes you look like greedy fools, willing to incinerate the planet for short-term gain. Not a good PR strategy.

That’s why The Environment: A True Story is so urgently needed. If I believed the alarmists’ claims, I would be urging an end to fossil fuel use and what’s more I would refuse to use the stuff myself. But the science is appallingly full of holes. And if we don’t want to succumb to bad policy driven by bad science and wrapped in deceptive PR, we need to set the record straight.

So make a pledge today. And share it as widely as you can: the short link for social media is kck.st/2mrzS3w

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Interview with Danielle Smith on the consequences of getting it wrong on climate change

Danielle Smith with AM770 in Calgary interviewed me last Friday (I was in the lobby of the hotel during a break in the Heartland Institute Climate Change conference) on what happens if reputable opinion is intolerantly wrong on “man-made” climate change.

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Let’s get to the whole truth on climate change

Our documentary project “The Environment: A True Story” has already reached 20% of its funding target. Many thanks to all those who have backed it so far and are helping spread the word. Now let’s get to the next milestone and then on to full funding so I can produce this film.

If you’re opposed to bad policy based on flawed science, and tired of the bullying and false claims (like that 97% of scientists agree with the alarmist scenario on man-made climate change, endlessly repeated by journalists and by politicians like Barack Obama but dissected here by the Friends of Science), make a pledge now so I can tell the real story of what we do know about the past history of the Earth and what it means for all of us today and tomorrow.

The time is right. Let’s make it happen.

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With government in charge…

In my latest National Post column I satirize people’s ongoing faith in government’s compassionate efficiency despite all their experience with its actual performance.

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Canada at the pinnacle of its historical destiny?

In my latest article for Convivium, a Cardus publication, I argue that whatever the merits of Canadian government today, and the society it has sought to create in its image, we are not now where Canada was always intended and indeed destined by History to end up for the edification of all humankind.

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