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Fear and Loathing; History, Context and Observations

A Review of over a decade of denigration and delegitimization of Alberta's natural resources industries and professionals by the international tar sands campaign. As documented by William Stainsbury and author Elaine Dewar, from the early 1990s, a powerful ‘green’ movement developed in Canada that, on the surface appeared to be driven by public desire to see an improvement in forestry and other corporate environmental practises. Canada’s ENGO ‘charitable’ sector now engage in court-battles to block pipelines, the denigration of political figures, joint efforts by 30-50 ENGO organizations to push through ‘green’ budget demands through coordinated efforts and vigorous point-and-click email campaigns, and the denigration and blocking of Albertan and Canadian resource and infrastructure development, in particular, the Tar Sands Campaign.

Misguided Math - Misinterpreted Science: Rebutting the Canadian Institute of Actuaries on Climate Change

The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) issued a public statement entitled, “Time to Act: Facing the Risks of a Changing Climate.” However, the statement is studded with assumptions that rely on mathematical climate models that are known to forecast temperatures at three to six times the observed warming rates. This is a rebuttal by the Friends of Science Society of that report. The CIA statement says, “Climate change creates uncertainty, posing a significant threat to the sustainability of our global ecosystems, health, and economies.” Climate change may be dominated by natural causes. Climate has always changed throughout time. There is little evidence that human effects on climate or greenhouse gas increases have any impact on extreme weather. Climate change is not leading to higher rates of weather-related damages worldwide, once corrected for increasing population and wealth. The FUND economic model of climate impacts shows that many places, particularly Canada, financially benefits significantly from the small warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The three measures advocated by the CIA are unnecessary; null and void.

IN THE DARK ON RENEWABLES: Rebutting Deloitte and Climate Reality

Deloitte Insights and Climate Reality have recently issued reports making claims that renewables – especially wind and solar – are as cheap and as reliable as conventional coal-fired or natural-gas-fired power. We demonstrate that these claims are not valid and show that wind and solar exist almost entirely due to preferential government programs and subsidies. Mass deployment of wind and solar can destabilize power grids. Solutions like batteries, flywheels, and pumped hydro are exorbitant in cost. Renewables-plus-storage systems cannot reasonably be scaled up to meet society’s demand for reliable power.

Faulty Premises = Poor Public Policy on Climate; IPCC SR15

Climate science is a complex blend of chaotic, dynamic systems. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Summary Report 15 (SR15) attempts to predict the implications of a 1.5°Celsius (C) rise in Global Surface Mean Temperatures (GSMT) over the temperature of the pre-industrial era. The focus of the report is on the influence of human industrial emissions of carbon dioxide as the assumed driver of climate change and recent warming. Despite the number of scientists involved, science can go astray for no other reason than a singular focus through ‘the same lens. The IPCC SR15 proposes that industry and taxpayers pay a carbon price of $880 per tonne on carbon dioxide emissions in 2030, but the actual benefit, in terms of an assumed lower temperature, would only be worth at most $4.

Speculative Climate Chaos vs. Indisputable Fossil Fuel Benefits

The judge in People of the State of California vs. five petroleum companies wants to see, not just the alleged damages from burning oil, natural gas and coal – but also the immense benefits to humanity and the people of California from using those fuels for the past 150 years and more. Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek write about the huge benefits of fossil fuel and reliable electricity, including the more than doubling of the global average life span of humanity. Unfortunately, about one and a half billion people are still without electricity and "millions still die every year from insect-borne, lung and intestinal diseases – largely because they still burn wood and dung, instead of fossil fuels."

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