n Part 2 of this series, we look at the climate claims made by the Ecojustice #GENClimateAction kids court case against the Ontario government, as well as reviewing CBC’s reporting.
We point out that ‘people who can make you believe absurdities; can make you do atrocities’ (Voltaire).
Ontario brought Prof. William van Wijngaarden as an expert witness on climate change.
The professor is an eminent scientist with a distinguished track record and diligent review of climate change data.
CBC dismisses him out of hand and calls him a ‘climate change denier’ in violation of their journalistic standards and principles. Ecojustice and the kids claim that extreme weather events = climate change evidence.
However, climate change is measured over periods of 30, 50, 100 and millennial time scales. Most of the plaintiffs have not lived long enough to have experienced the slightest of climate change – thought it may be true that they have experienced frightening extreme weather events.
The singular focus on human emissions of carbon dioxide through the use of fossil fuels as the sole driver of climate change is an absurd conclusion.
It has led to a widespread humanitarian disaster now unfolding worldwide – that of famine for developing nations and heat-or-eat poverty for Western nations. The denigration of oil, gas and coal by climate advocates means investors have stepped back from developing necessary resources.
The present energy shortage was created over the past 20 years, and it will take at least a decade, if not more, to return some balance to energy markets. Renewables have shown that they cannot replace fossil fuels – it is time for climate realism and energy literacy in society.