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Economic harm for nothing

Alberta gave in on science against warming, and lost its best defence


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EDMONTON JOURNAL

Economic harm for nothing: Alberta gave in on science against warming, and lost its best defence

Wed 04 Sep 2002
Page: A12

In Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part II, a rebel famously declares, "First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." I say, "First thing we do, let's kill all the stakeholders."

Stakeholder consultations are a popular politician's trick for co-opting opposing sides in a public conflict and wringing all the controversy out of an issue. They are skirts behind which timid "leaders" can hide instead of making bold decisions that might cost them votes.

Special interest groups like them. And corporate executives favour them, too. They permit corporations to claim sensitivity to community concerns and engagement in socially responsible behaviour. But mostly stakeholder consultation is a farce.

And on Kyoto, it has led the Alberta government into its current, untenable position.

Don't misunderstand me, I loathe Ottawa's Liberals, perhaps more than ever, for the contemptuous, cynical and dishonest manner in which they have chosen, unilaterally, to impose the specious, economy-hobbling Kyoto accord on Canada, and especially on Alberta.

Again the Liberals have decided Albertans shall bear the brunt of one of their elaborate re-engineering schemes.

As they did with the National Energy Program in the 1980s, when they sucked more than $60 billion of our provincial economy to finance their fantasy of a made-in-Canada energy price and energy self-sufficiency, they are poised now to make Albertans forgo as much as $25 billion in economic activity over the next decade just so they can be seen to be "green" to the world -- and to voters in central Canada.

Environmentally, Kyoto is only symbolic. Even if fully implemented, it would have almost no impact on global temperatures. Economically, it could be devastating, particularly to Alberta. Even if tens of thousands of Albertans and other Canadians lose their jobs in the Liberals' rush to ratify, the globe will warm as much with Kyoto as without.

At least 95 per cent of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere every year is from natural sources -- decomposing trees and plants, oceans, geothermal activity, and so on.

No more than five per cent, and very likely much less, is generated by power plants, factories, SUVs and other human activity.

Without Kyoto, human-generated CO2 in the atmosphere will increase by 35 per cent over the next 10 to 15 years. Kyoto might -- MIGHT -- slow that increase to 25 per cent. What all these percentages boil down to is this: By 2015, without Kyoto, manmade CO2 will constitute around four per cent of the total CO2 in the air. With Kyoto, that might be limited to 3.75 per cent.

Now maybe that one-quarter of one per cent is the straw that will break the camel's back and send the Earth warming dangerously, as environmental alarmists have warned. But that seems highly unlikely. Would you bet your job on it?

Yes, lots of highly-placed, government-funded scientists have said humans are causing global warming and the warming will be bad. That is one of the Liberals' principal excuses for bullying ahead with Kyoto. But since when has objective truth been determined by a show of hands, even a show of scientists' hands? Most scientists used to believe the sun revolved around the Earth, and that didn't make it so.

There is no conclusive proof the Earth has warmed appreciably in the past quarter century -- surface thermometers say it has, but the far more accurate weather satellites say it has not.

Even if the globe is warming, there is no proof man is causing the warming -- it's more likely the sun is to blame. And if the planet is warming and if we are to blame, there's no proof the warming will be bad -- 1,000 years ago it was four degrees warmer than today, and that brought on an age of great plenty in Europe and Asia.

But say the planet is warming, we are the cause and the results will be awful, Kyoto won't stop the overheating. We are about to endanger our economy for nothing.

Still, the Alberta defence is no defence at all. The province is going to go to court and say "We agree with Ottawa that global warming is real and very bad, but we favour a made-in-Canada solution to the UN one." So what?

Having given in on the science against global warming theory, the province has left itself a single, weak, reedy leg to stand on.

What court is going to rule that it is bad to cripple our economy in the name of Kyoto, but good to do it with some home-grown solution? And what difference would it make, if it did? Whether UN-imposed or made-in-Canada, a devastating solution is still a devastating solution.

No, by trying to act like a good stakeholder, by co-operating with federal consultations on Kyoto for the past five years and by abandoning the science behind the accord, the Alberta government has backed itself into a corner from which it will now find it difficult to escape.

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Lorne Gunter
Columnist, The Edmonton Journal
Editorial Board Member, The National Post


Index to some of Lorne Gunter's articles

On global warming

On other issues


See also:

  • Global Warming — A collection of information by reputable scientists from around the world who disagree with the David Suzuki crowd and the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change], and who provide irrefutable evidence that debunks the global warming hype.

At the United Nations, the Curious Career of Maurice Strong

Fox News, Thursday, February 08, 2007

Fight Kyoto

by Ezra Levant

Book information

Interview with Ezra Levant, author of the new book Fight Kyoto, transcript by J. L. Jackson, broadcast December 9, 2002 on the Cat Country Radio show Agritalk with Jim Fisher.

Make sure you do not miss the excerpt that deals with Maurice Strong, the real power behind Kyoto: "Maurice Strong: A Dr. Evil-style strategist. Owner of a 200,000-acre New Age Zen colony [in Colorado]. Designer of a proposal to "consider" requiring licences to have babies. The architect of the Kyoto Protocol." It is an eye-opener, especially the strong ties to the powers in Canadian politics. For example: Maurice Strong gave Paul Martin his first job during university break "and made him and his family unimaginably rich."

At Ezra Levant's website there are more links to articles that are based on excerpts from his book.

International Man of Mystery: Who Is Maurice Strong?
The adventures of Maurice Strong & Co. illustrate the fact that nowadays you don't have to be a household name to wield global power. ...

Meet Maurice Strong
Maurice Strong: The new guy in your future! By Henry Lamb January, 1997....
Maurice Strong, "Stockholm to Rio: A Journey Down a Generation."

Maurice Strong, Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Earth Council
Earth Council Alliance

Strong, Maurice F., 1929- . Papers, 1948-2000: Guide
Harvard University Library

Dossier - Maurice Strong
... Policy Research. Maurice Strong. Maurice Strong is a senior advisor to United Nations' Secretary General Kofi Anan.

The Earth Charter's Unholy Ark

With today's emphasis on "honoring the past and imagining the future," many see nothing wrong with redesigning the "memories" of the past to reflect their vision of the future. Many environmental visionaries have called for "new stories" that replace the old truths and redirect our values. The message in this new ark serves the purpose well. It puts new meaning into old memories and usurps the honor inherent in the original. But that's part of the UN plan. There is little appreciation for God's law and His treasured covenant (the binding agreement He made with His people long ago) in our pluralistic, postmodern age.

To fill the vacuum, even staunch Communists such as Mikhail Gorbachev call for spiritual revival. They envision a union of religions, all molded and conformed to a global, earth-centered spirituality. The gods, spirits and pantheistic forces of indigenous religions fit right in. Long a promoter of the Earth Charter and its socialist regulations, the former Soviet ruler knows well that strategic visual images inspire the masses and speed transformation. [See The State of the World according to Gorbachev]

So does Maurice Strong, the powerful founder and leader of the Earth Council. Though usually hidden behind the scenes, Strong is no minor player in this global contest for the minds of the masses. He led the UN Environmental Programme, directed the 1972 and 1992 UN Conferences on the Environment and Development, founded Planetary Citizens, directed the World Future Society and founded and co-chaired the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Club of Rome, trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and Aspen Institute, a member of the UN Commission on Global Governance, and Senior Advisor to the World Bank as well as to UN Secretary General Kofi Anan [See Towards A Rapid Reaction Capability for the UN].

The Earth Charter
The Earth Charter and the Ark of the Gaia Covenant. Copyright © Terry Melanson.

"The real goal of the Earth Charter is that it will in fact become like the Ten Commandments."

— Maurice Strong

Earth Charter displayed at United Nations

In 1987, the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development issued a call for creation of a new charter that would set forth fundamental principles for sustainable development. The drafting of an Earth Charter was part of the unfinished business of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.
In 1994 Maurice Strong, the secretary general of the Earth Summit and chair of the Earth Council, and Mikhail Gorbachev, president of Green Cross International, launched a new Earth Charter initiative with support from the Dutch government. An Earth Charter Commission was formed in 1997 to oversee the project and an Earth Charter Secretariat was established at the Earth Council in Costa Rica.

Update 2005 06 17:

2. Is the right to water a new concept within human rights’ legislature?
The right to water is explicitly enshrined in two UN human rights treaties - the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well in one regional treaty – the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The Geneva Conventions guarantee the protection of this right during armed conflict.
In addition, the right to water is an implicit part of the right to an adequate standard of living and the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, both of which are protected by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
However, some states continue to deny the legitimacy of this right. In light of this fact and because of the widespread non-compliance of States with their obligations regarding the right to water, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights confirmed and further defined the right to water in its General Comment No. 15.

Adopted on 26 November 2002, this document provides guidelines for States Parties on the interpretation of this right under two articles of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - Article 11 (the right to an adequate standard of living) and Article 12 (the right to health).  [Source]

It makes one wonder.  Do only women and children have a right to water and to clean water?  But then CEDAW is not about women's rights, it is about disfranchising men, and the Conventions on the Rights of the Child are not about the rights of children, they are about disfranchising parents, with both of those objectives serving to implement the international agenda for the planned destruction of the family, so that out of the resulting rubble of civilization a global socialist totalitarian state can be constructed.

Canada's Commitment to Earth Worship at the Roots of Rapid Change to Canadian Law

An exploration of the history of the relationship between Maurice Strong and Paul Martin.  Stop Welfare for Politicians -- Cartoon: hogs at money troughMaurice Strong gave Paul Martin his his first job during summer vacation in university, hired him for Power Corporation Canada Ltd. after Martin finished university, and offered Martin a sweetheart deal, the purchase of Canada Steamship Lines, that made the Martin family unbelievably rich.
   Importantly, the article identifies Paul Martin's commitment to support the plan by Maurice Strong, Michael Gorbachev, Kofi Anan and Stephen Rockefeller to impose a universal religion of Earth worship on the world population.  The new-age religion is to replace all others.
   The Canadian government provided millions of dollars in funding for the development and goals of Maurice Strong's new-age religion.  The Canadian federal government also provided a $161 million in contracts to Canadian Steamship Lines, a corporation that has most of its fleet of about 50 ships registered in Barbados and Liberia and that uses shoddy labour practices.
   Maurice Strong was recently appointed as senior advisor to the Prime Minister's Office.  Will he remain in that position during Stephen Harper's reign?
 

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*"Last year [2003], the federal government insisted it had done only $137,000 in business with Martin's Canada Steamship Lines in the previous 10 years. This week [end of Jan. 2004], of course, it was revealed that that $137,000 had actually been $161 million, including $46 million during Martin's tenure as finance minister."
(Source: "There's rot in the ship of state", Edmonton Journal, Sunday 1 February 2004, p. A14)


It did work.  The Liberal Party of Canada won that federal election.  Canada will be red for a while longer.


Posted 2002 01 05

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Posted 2002 09 04
Updates:
2004 03 08 (added more references to related articles)