|That's Mel on the Right|
Mel Arnold is not a scientist. Mel Arnold is a dumb ass. He's running for the Cons in North Okanagan-Shuswap and he's showing that he has what it takes to be a loyal member of Team Harper.
Mel has come to the media's attention for his perfectly Harperian views on anthropogenic (man-made) climate change. As far as Mel is concerned, it's not anthropogenic. It's not man-made.
"I don't know that it has been determined for sure that human activity is the main cause. It is part of the process," said Arnold. "But how much of it is actually naturally occurring, that's I think where the debate is."
Arnold said he believes approximately 1.5 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada are man-made and believes cycles of climate change could be responsible for the rise in global temperatures following the industrial revolution.
"As you know, this area was once buried in kilometres of thick ice during the ice ages. And we have approximately 30 year cycles on weather conditions here. Those types of things are still in play."
Like any good Tory candidate, Mel is long on belief and opinion and desperately short on science and fact. He still uses words such as "know" and "think" when he really means "believe" and "guess." Very much like how Shifty Steve knows that marijuana is "infinitely worse" than tobacco when medical science consistently says that's not true or believes that Canada is in the midst of a major crime spree when crime rates have been falling steadily for decades.
Guys like Mel and Shifty are all we need to realize that, when it comes to Conservatives and their approach to governance, "dumb ass" is their default operating mode.