Mayes’ column spreads misinformation

As a retired educator with a graduate degree and considerable background in natural sciences, I am appalled…

As a retired educator with a graduate degree and considerable background in natural sciences, I am appalled at the contents of the article by our MP Colin Mayes. It is clear he is peddling the ‘party line’ in his comments regarding climate change.

What bothers me most is that he is in a position of influence and responsibility, but his information is nonsense. Maybe I am over-estimating his public regard, but I still feel the need to offer a rebuttal, because this is a serious issue which will affect us all.

Canada is NOT the only G7 country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Germany, France and the UK all have reductions, some going back as far as 30 years. His statement is a blatant misrepresentation intended to cast a false positive light on the Harper government’s record.

Causes of climate change have been studied to death, and the global consensus is that fossil fuel combustion is the primary culprit. There is no need to wait for Government of Canada scientists to discover otherwise, and are they different somehow from other scientists? Ya, muzzled.

Saying that the polar ice cap has increased 40 percent over the last two years is an intentional distortion of the truth, which is that the 50-year-record is increasing open water during summer melt to the point where the Arctic Ocean will become a major shipping route to Asia in short order.

Stating unequivocally that ocean levels have not risen is pure bunk.

I guess that is why Miami is spending millions on its sea walls to hold back flooding that is impacting normal life there, not to mention the thousands of climate change refugees already being relocated.

Please Mr. Mayes, get your facts straight, not from the oil lobby. People want the truth from their elected officials.

William Lytle-McGhee



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