The issue of climate change seems to have all but fallen off the radar in Canadian politics. Sure we've had a cold winter and a cold spring and of course the opposition parties are busy gorging themselves on Conservative scandal but how did the environment come to vanish from our consciousness?
Now the cold winter is the result of la Nina, the ugly stepsister of her brother, el Nino. Most of us living on the Pacific coast understand these southern ocean-based weather phenomena and the consequences they wreak on the entire world - from the Pacific to North America to Europe and Africa and all the way around to Asia. The freaky weather they bring isn't determinative of anything concerning global warming although whether and how they're tied remains to be resolved.
So what is our Furious Leader doing on the climate change platform, you know, the one he identified as the greatest threat facing mankind? He seems to be eager to do a lot about relatively insigificant threats - things like Islamist terrorism - but diddly squat to fight global warming. Oh I get it, the science isn't in! Right?
The fact is that there's plenty of science already in and more is coming in just about every day. We're learning that the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, isn't a bunch of radicals after all. In fact, its consensus-based format has been exposed as its Achilles' Heel, leading the IPCC reports to consistently underestimate the pace and extent of AGW-driven climate change. They forecast some dire result to arrive in 20-years and then it appears in just two.
The denialists have been busy indeed sowing doubt and uncertainty, even outright falsehoods. It's curious how their predictions have no bearing on the results that keep coming in but money talks, especially with a corporate driven media.
Every now and then it's good to go back to the basics for a reality check and a good place to start is to re-read the article from Grist on "How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic":
If you haven't read it, check it out. If you haven't read it for a while, check it out again.