Saturday, January 13, 2007

Nathan Cullen: Putting an End to Global Warming in the Bulkley Valley

It's been -25 celcius in Smithers this weekend, and Nathan Cullen has vowed to put an end to the unbearable heat:

Smithers – Residents of Skeena-Bulkley Valley are invited to watch the recently released film An Inconvenient Truth with Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen later this month and discuss the film’s sobering message about the deadly progress of global warming.

The Progress of Global Warming? That's a lot like the honesty of politicians. Or the talent of the Maple Leafs.

That is to say, I don't see much evidence of it!

“We are hosting film and discussion evenings around Al Gore’s film in five different communities,” said Cullen, who has been NDP national environment critic since being elected in 2004.

“I want to hear from my constituents about the planetary emergency scientists say we are facing, so that when I return to Ottawa, I can carrry (sic) the message of the northwest into this national debate.”

When the underlying assumption is that we are facing a planetary climate crisis, it it's hard to imagine any contrary views being offered up. It's unfortunate that there will be no Global Warming skeptics invited to share their view.

You would think if Cullen truly wants to have a national debate on climate change, he would allow for a thorough rebuttal of Al Gore's documentary. is a moral challenge facing all of global civilization.

When a statement like this is made, it ignores the fact that Earth's climate has been changing (warming and cooling) since before humans could fashion arrows out of sticks and tools out of stone. Was global warming a moral challenge facing Neanderthal Bob and Cro-Magnon Sally?

“The impact of global warming will be felt in Smithers and Kitimat as much as at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro or the Antartica,” he said.

Just like it did ten thousand years ago when scientists believe the last ice age ended. But life on this planet didn't have much say in that, now did it?

This "The Sky is Falling/Chicken Little" view is starting to get a bit old.