The hypocrisy of the climate change elite

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Like many jurisdictions around the Western world, Canada is  currently crawling with politicians desperate to demonstrate their “progressive” credentials by enacting various policies for the purported goal of saving the planet from climate change.

This of course comes in the wake of last year’s Paris Climate Thingy or whatever it was called – which enticed the world’s ruling elite to burn through more fossil fuel in a few days than entire towns consume in a year – travelling as they did in CO2 spewing government planes by their hundreds to the City of Environmentally Unfriendly Lights, staying at luxury hotels, dining on expensive French cuisine and being chauffeured to and fro in gas guzzling limousines. All for the noble cause of ensuring that the rest of us face such punishing economic and social repercussions for the comparative fraction of energy consumption required to sustain a reasonable facsimile of a middle class existence.

Of course, I’m sure these politicians-cum-self anointed super-heroic planet savers detest all the luxuriating in opulent splendour and environmentally damaging extravagance. And sure…. it may look mind-numbingly hypocritical. And it may look like the same entitlement to privilege of the “let them eat cake” variety that the ruling class have claimed for themselves since the dawn of civilization. But let’s not be cynical.

Take tax-payer subsidised enviro-guru David Suzuki for example. As he patiently explained in a recent interview, he simply has to jet-set around the globe. It’s necessary for his lucrative career, you see. And he has to own multiple, excessive energy consuming  luxury properties. They’re investments, don’t you know. After all, you don’t expect him to prioritize concern for the environment over his preferred lifestyle and economic self-interest, do you? That would be nuts! Who would advocate such a notion?

Similarly, I am sure that if our politicians decided that it was in their best interest to adopt a lifestyle that reflected their deeply held beliefs they would do so.

Okay, perhaps the sincerity of our political class is open to question. But at least the policies they are committed to imposing on us are founded on a premise of such unassailable precision that such state intrusions and the excoriation of anyone who questions their efficacy is justified.

For surely if there was reasonable evidence that the theoretical impetus for these policies was less certain than we have been led to believe… and surely if there was even a hint that the scientists and institutions that have hitched their credibility – and therefore funding opportunities – to the theory were engaged in anything other than disinterested, objective pursuit of truth…then such aggressive implementation of said policies could only be understood as either reckless governmental incompetence or deliberate deception.

Perhaps it is useful at this point to note a widely unreported report in the journal Nature Climate Change issued within the last few weeks. It is relevant to the issue at hand because it confirms that there has been a “pause” or “hiatus” in global warming since 1998. It also says that the media supported attempts by major scientific institutions(such as NOAAthat represent the primary sources for the promotion of the catastrophic man-made climate change agenda) to smear the credibility of science that contradicted their narrative was unfounded.

The paper states:

“It has been claimed that the early-2000s global warming slowdown or hiatus, characterized by a reduced rate of global surface warming, has been overstated, lacks sound scientific basis, or is unsupported by observations. The evidence presented here contradicts these claims.”

This is but the latest of any number of significant challenges to the narrative of  the alleged “settled science” that ever increasing CO2 emissions are the causal factor to impending catastrophic  global warming.

That the mainstream media appear disinclined to report such significant findings is perplexing. That our governing elite are so eager to expand their power on the basis of a premise that is so evidently deserving of renewed scrutiny is deeply troubling.

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Michael Harris

Michael Harris is an oil painter, photographer, song writer and blogger from Toronto Canada. Michael's work is influenced by his interest in psychology, media, consciousness studies, politics and philosophy.

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