In Canada, a spat has broken out between the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) and Indigenous entrepreneurs over the development of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). CAPE was funded for $492,000 by the McConnell Foundation for a climate campaign; McConnell previously contributed $10 million in 2017 to BlackRock’s Global Renewables Power Fund II. An Aug. 28, 2023, piece in The Hill Times has CAPE members attacking pro-LNG Indigenous groups as proxies for industry. In the Sept. 02, 2023, National Post, policy analyst Melissa Mbarki, policy analyst with the Macdonald Laurier Institute writes that “Trudeau’s net-zero policy violates UNDRIP*, poverty reduction strategy; Indigenous communities are developing energy to address their well-being.” (*United Nations Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples)
In June 2023, the Canadian government’s Justice department issued its UNDRIP Action Plan which calls for a large scale rewriting of all Canadian law to align with UNDRIP. However, as Mbarki points out, Canada’s commitment to NetZero targets conflict with its UNDRIP obligations and promises to enhance the lives of Indigenous people and have them lead economic activities like resource development. Friends of Science says NetZero is a “Holy Grail.“
These issues will be heightened in September, not only due to climate conferences and marches but also the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Human Rights is set to release his report about Canada at the UN Human Rights Council. China has accused Canada of genocide; the outcome of the Special Rapporteur’s report may have significant geopolitical impact on Canada, turning it from a wannabe climate leader to a global pariah.
The climate crisis platform is rapidly collapsing. Climate scientist Patrick Brown revealed in a Sept. 5, 2023 essay in The Free Press, that in order to get published in Nature, he distorted the facts about wildfire. Brown states: “To put it bluntly, climate science has become less about understanding the complexities of the world and more about serving as a kind of Cassandra, urgently warning the public about the dangers of climate change. However understandable this instinct may be, it distorts a great deal of climate science research, misinforms the public, and most importantly, makes practical solutions more difficult to achieve.”
Three new research papers show that recent warming is likely predominantly naturally caused, thus the NetZero targets and persistent demonization of oil, natural gas and coal are misdirected, and large amounts of public funds are being wasted, says Friends of Science Society.
Connolley et al (2023) assesses Northern Hemisphere surface temperature trends since 1850, finding that it is not clear whether warming is human-caused, natural or a bit of both. Soon et al (2023) examines Northern Hemispheric land component of global surface temperatures since this is the most data-rich component, finding that urban heat island effect creates a significant bias effect in temperature measurements. Katata et al (2023) finds that urbanization bias could account for ~20% of the long-term warming.
Friends of Science Society is calling upon people to “Break Free from Climate Tyranny: Evidence Over Ideology.” A recent Friends of Science video discusses the value of The Scientific Method as a means of finding useful knowledge.
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