From my readings and rather cynical knowledge of how governments work, I believe the the climate change debate has been hijacked to be come a scheme for increasing personal taxation.
This is my opinion as well. It's a nuanced view that some won't understand but it can both be true that there is human influenced climate change and also true that a lot of it is BS and just an excuse to charge people extra taxes.
Canada has a carbon tax. It's extra money that the government can mismanage and piss away on idiot agendas and direct toward their cronies. It does absolutely zero for the environment, in fact it makes it far worse because now Canada imports energy from far worse polluters with worse environmental footprints and human-rights abusers.
But some people think because there is a carbon tax, it's somehow "saving the planet'. It's not, it's funding corruption.
Simon I need to clarify, do you mean you don't think climate change is happening or you think it is but we are not responsible for it or capable of changing it?
Both. I think it's happening. I think it happens anyway, regardless of whether there are people on the planet. I think we are responsible for some of it but not all of it as many claim (because it happens anyway and isn't always correlated with our actions). I think we can change some of it and it's good to limit pollution but money changing hands doesn't really change anything - it's often all about political posturing and self-congratulatory photo-ops rather than really doing anything of worth.
Do you think the scientific reports of the polar ice melting are faked or that it's real and just part of a cycle that happens every few thousand years that we can do nothing about?
One way of lying is to tell the truth but omit other information. We are told every time ice melts, we're never told when it builds up.
Here's a question - all those layers of ice ... how many layers were there the year before the last one was added? One less, right? And the one before that? And the thousands before that ... We know ice wasn't always there. The earth didn't always have polar ice caps.
Must it have polar ice caps for us to survive?
What happens if it melts? Yeah, if I had luxury beach-front property I'd probably want to promote the idea of some scheme that in the short term funds costal defences to perpetuate my lifestyle and investment or pays for me to move elsewhere.
If you don't want to be flooded, don't live near a river or the sea.