Look to science in Arctic debate

Human-caused global warming supporters make misleading absolute statements that are easily contradicted

Re: Columnists climate views belie science (Letters, Oct. 9)

I am not an apologist for big oil.

I must, however, refute something that John R. Paterson said in his Oct. 9 letter written to counter an article by Tom Fletcher: “The fact most of the models point in the same direction should raise a flag, but Fletcher will continue to doubt, even as the waters from the melting polar ice caps raises around his neck.”

A 2012 paper published in The Cryosphere (a respected international scientific journal) finds Antarctica has been gaining surface ice and snow accumulation over the past 150-plus years, and finds acceleration in some areas noting, “a clear increase in accumulation of more than 10 per cent has occurred in high Surface Mass Balance coastal regions and over the highest part of the East Antarctic ice divide since the 1960s.”

There has been much play about diminishing ice in the Arctic and increasing global temperatures because open ocean absorbs the sun’s rays.

Shouldn’t the opposite be true for Antarctica? Combine this with the IPCC’s recently released data that the Earth’s climate has not warmed in the past 15 years (not predicted by any of their models) in spite of increases in CO2 production, and I think a healthy dose of skepticism is in order.

Did the climate warm during the late 20th century? Probably.

Was this caused solely by increased CO2 production? Quite possibly not.

Given that the energy industry has kept Canada’s economy afloat during the current recession, it disturbs me to see human-caused global warming supporters make misleading absolute statements that are easily contradicted by science.

Jeff St. Gelais


Just Posted

‘The system has fallen apart:’ Victoria woman’s son died a day after being accepted to treatment centre

Victoria man’s body went undiscovered in Victoria parking lot for five days after overdose

Every situation is different, jurors hear at coroners inquest into Oak Bay teen’s overdose death

Pediatrician says involuntary treatment necessary following overdose, opioid use

CRD tickets cyclists who ignore stop signs at Lochside trail, Saanich Road intersection

Many cyclists don’t heed the stop signs, use pedestrian-activated crosswalk light

Inaugural Sarah Beckett memorial Run raises $20,000 for law enforcement scholarship

Widow calls run, community playground fitting tributes to fallen mom and Mountie

VIDEO: Victoria airport guests see dinosaur surprise

Two boys dressed as raptors get a shock when their grandmother comes to greet them

POLL: Do you think the penalty should be increased for tossing a burning cigarette from a vehicle?

With grasslands and forests around Vancouver Island and across B.C. reaching tinder… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. Ferries vessel breaks down right before long weekend

Horseshoe Bay-Langdale route impacted most, revised schedule adds 4 a.m. sailings

Weather Canada issues thunderstorm alert for coastal Vancouver Island

Severe thunderstorm watch issued around 4:15 p.m. as storms developed over sections of the Island

Nanaimo man gets jail time for posting explicit photos of ex-girlfriends

Man’s name cannot be revealed to protect victims’ identities

North Island thrift store robbed at knifepoint, say RCMP

Suspect fled on bicycle following Tuesday stick-up

RCMP across Canada to soon unionize, according to B.C. mayor

A spokeswoman for RCMP headquarters in Ottawa says it’s not yet a done deal

Most Read