A Canadian’s View: “the global warming brigade lost much of its sizzle in the past year”

As evidence to the contrary started rolling in and one prominent scientist after another abandoned ship, the global warming brigade lost much of its sizzle in the past year.

With temperatures going down rather than up, the devoted even had to retire the term “global warming” altogether.

But the wheels really started coming off the newly branded climate change bandwagon when Hollywood and a host of high-profile celebrities began admonishing we puny mortals about changing our ways for the sake of the planet.

There’s something irritating about being lectured on the finer points of energy conservation by jet-flying, limousine-riding, estate-living elites with their Olympic-sized swimming pools, vacation homes and garages full of European sports cars.

And this past week brought about a pitiable scene that will only further alienate the alarmists from the rest of us.

The four least memorable, demonstrably inept prime ministers of the last half-century gathered for a sad call to action to combat climate change. John Turner, Joe Clark, Kim Campbell and Paul Martin (remember him; the guy who was going to win 250 seats and govern for four terms?) are part of a coalition critical of the Harper government’s environmental record.

Their many years of public service are not to be discounted. But when it came to leadership, this is truly the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. Combined, the four of them barely lasted a full term as PM.

Their gaffes, miscalculations and historical performances of under-achievement are at once mind numbing and laughable. Each proved to be a walking disaster at the helm who was way, way in over their head.

But a coalition calling itself “Canadians for Climate Leadership” trotted the four of them out as though they were the Montreal Canadiens of the 1970s. The sad sack Vancouver Canucks of those depressing Pacific Coliseum days might be a more fitting sports analogy.

It’s really quite rich that this quorum of failed leaders would have the gall to demand we do more about the environment when each and every one of them gave the issue a pass during public life. Paul Martin’s hypocrisy is especially disturbing.

No doubt the coalition was waiting for return calls from Jean Chretien and Brian Mulroney but ultimately had to settle on the B-team.

It’s akin to going to a Star Trek Convention hoping for William Shatner or Leonard Nimoy but it turns out the keynote speaker is that guy in the reptile suit that Captain Kirk karate-chopped into submission.

Many are completely fed up with the reckless hysteria and junk science the climate change thesis is founded on.

And it would be so sweet if the four failed former PMs leave the cause in the same state of shamble and disarray they did their political parties.

John Martin, a criminologist at the University of the Fraser Valley, can be reached at John.Martin@ucfv.ca

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  2. Anthony, I was having a look around the web and dug up this article allegedly submitted to (But not published by) the New York Times back in 2000.

    http://www.scienceservingsociety.com/p/X/02.htm

    Read the last paragraph. It makes mention of a petition from 2000 which predates the much-vaunted ‘Manhattan declaration’ and tries to set the record straight about the regular ‘pre global warming’ melting of the Arctic ice pack.

  3. What is this planet coming to? Another newspaper story with a less than reverent take on AGW. Didn’t he get the memo that we’re all supposed to be sacrificing and going ‘green’ to save the planet? Tsk tsk tsk

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  5. As a Canadian, I can confirm that the four ex-PM signatories were duds. Everybody in Canada knows it. It doesn’t help the credibility of the letter. The media tried to pump this up at the start of the current election campaign, but it disappeared within 48 hours.

  6. “There’s something irritating about being lectured on the finer points of energy conservation by jet-flying, limousine-riding, estate-living elites with their Olympic-sized swimming pools, vacation homes and garages full of European sports cars.”

    That pretty much tells me the “problem” is made up.
    Well said indeed!

  7. I am surprised that Jean Chretien did not sign on to this.

    Or, perhaps his “gut feeling” told him not to.

    After all, that is why he committed to Kyoto. A “gut feeling” told him to.

    I wish that really was a joke, like it sounds. But no, he really did commit, because he had a “gut feeling”.

  8. “Could they be running out of money and Al Gore dangled some loonies their way?”

    Pete,
    Rarely do the Alarmists run out of money. However, the meltdown in the financial markets may put a crimp on things. Over $2.7 trillion of equity (read potential credit) went up in flames since Monday. It may be harder to get financing to pay the leases on ALGORE’s Learjet, let alone pay his speaking fees. You’d be surprised on how much of this PR stuff is financed with short term credit. It got so bad Thursday that none of the major banks could even float a 24 hour cash injection into a sister bank. This morning the Fed had to flood the markets with $190 billion of liquidity. Cash is now King, and I wonder how generous some of these wealthy AGW benefectors will be in the next 12-24 months.

  9. September 19th be International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

    As evidence to the contrary started rolling in and one prominent scientist after another abandoned ship, the global warming brigade lost much of its sizzle in the past year.

    Did someone say “abandon ship”?

    Aye, ’twill be a looooong day, me hearties!

    Arrr.

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