The real threat is global cooling
Re: “Carbon tax here for now; NDP to make major changes before Paris climate summit,” June 24.
If the Paris climate summit was actually about climate, it would be addressing the current global cooling, which has been in place since 2002, and is expected to worsen for the next few decades, plunging the world into a repeat of the Little Ice Age.
The entire 0.78 C of warming that the world has experienced since 1850 (the start of the HadCRUT4 global temperature data set) has been a natural recovery from the Little Ice Age and not catastrophic global warming caused by CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels.
The carbon dioxide molecule has only one carbon atom, but two oxygen atoms, so by all rights, taxing CO2 should be called an oxygen tax. So here we have the NDP putting in an “oxygen tax” to stop “global warming,” when the real threat is global cooling.
Norm Kalmanovitch, Calgary
Derek Schweinsgruber says: If you commit suicide by funneling carbon monoxide (CO) into your car, then oxygen will have killed you...because there is one oxygen atom attached to the carbon. And if the current climate trend leads to a repeat of the Little Ice Age, then it leads to global warming...as the whole world was warmer than today during the Little Ice Age (Mann et al. 2009).