I am surprised and dismayed by the decision of The Daily News to publish a cartoon, picked up from an Edmonton paper, which plays on comments made by climate deniers to confuse the issue whether or not climate change is really occurring.
I might understand why a paper in Alberta might do so: there, many people think that life depends on digging out, processing and shipping fossil fuels. There, a paper might indeed publish a picture that depicts climate scientists as struggling to maintain their balance in the face of some recent weather data.
In B.C., however, we see that there are other energy options and we aren’t in a rush to
accept the transport of oil if it has the potential to destroy the environment and other economies — such as those based on fisheries, for example.
And, we are intelligent enough to know the difference between climate and weather.
A brief slowing of warming isn’t a change in the overall trend; scientists have reached consensus that warming is occurring and that the rate of change is largely due to human activity.
We need to act, not confuse the issue further.