NCA Climate Change Policy Statement

Background Science:

There is no disputing human induced global warming phenomenon that is caused by the release of greenhouse gases. What is in dispute is the modeling that predicts change in climate. There is reasonable evidence that suggests the UN models have exaggerated the impact of human induced global warming, while the Russian model has been far more accurate.

Questionable findings from Natural Resource Canada’s update to the 2008 report ‘From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate’:

● Over the last six decades, Canada’s average temperature over land has increased by 1.5 degrees Celsius (around double the global average over the same period).

● Canada’s climate is, in fact, changing, with detected changes in air temperature, precipitation, snow and ice cover, as well as other indicators. Further changes to Canada’s climate are inevitable.

● At the same time, Canada as a whole has become wetter in terms of precipitation.

● There have been rapid declines in Arctic sea ice extent in both summer and winter.

Non-human causes of climate change

Sunspots, solar activity, cosmic rays:

● According to a 2013 peer-reviewed study from the United Kingdom, changes in solar activity, sunspots, and cosmic rays contribute no more than 10 percent to global warming.

● According to NASA, global warming cannot be explained by changes in energy from the sun, due to the fact that the sun’s energy has been constant or has slightly increased since 1750. If the sun is more active, scientists argue that the earth should be warming in all layers of the atmosphere. Instead, they have seen a cooling in the upper atmosphere and warming at the surface and in lower atmosphere. In addition, climate models with solar irradiance cannot reproduce temperature increase in the atmosphere over last century without including a rise in greenhouse gases.

● Most climate experts agree that human activity is the main cause of global warming since 1950.

Internal variability:

● According to an estimate from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (comprised of over 1,200 scientists), the temperature influence of internal variability (predominantly ocean cycles) since 1950 has been only ±0.1 degrees Celsius. (As noted above, the global surface temperature increased 0.65 degrees Celsius between 1951 and 2010).

The Current Federal Government and Climate Change

The federal government is pursuing a “low carbon” agenda at the expense of the Canadian families and businesses. This agenda, which is influenced by international liberal elites and globalists, entails expensive infrastructure upgrades and regressive carbon taxation. In addition, the government is anti-oil and gas sectors, as shown by its delay on pipeline development, and its view that oil and gas industries only role is to subsidize the infrastructure change.

This “low carbon” agenda defies economic sense as the federal government sinks further and further into debt with higher taxation on the horizon. Canada’s oil and gas sectors account for 40% of the country’s export market. In addition, the Ontario experiment with low carbon infrastructure and the high costs associated with it has hurt the provincial economy by pushing manufacturing to foreign markets and hitting families and businesses with massive increases in heating costs. Further, Canada’s contribution to the climate change emissions is about 0.005% due partly to massive carbon sinks, and Canada’s relatively small population.

The NCA believes that the Canada’s oil and gas sectors should be fully developed, while striving for greater extraction and production efficiency.

The National Citizens Alliance supports:

● Using education on lifestyle to help reduce emission footprints of Canadian families and businesses

● Supporting strong economic development and prosperity as the means to addressing climate change emissions

● Supporting greater oil and gas industrial efficiency through research and development

● Supporting government tax incentives for greater private sector efficiency in the extraction, processing, and transportation of oil and gas

● Rescinding regressive carbon taxation

● Rejecting the low carbon infrastructure development, which is premised on spending money we do not have

● Informing Canadians about climate change facts and developments

● Keeping government scientists at arm’s length from potential partisan influences and bureaucratic obstacles, and allowing them to share their opinions and facts with the Canadian public

● Rejecting geoengineering (such as radiation management, cloud seeding, aerosol spraying for weather modification) as viable solutions to climate change; the NCA believes that these approaches are ineffective in dealing with the root human cause of climate change

● Educating Canadians through workshops and forums on the impacts of climate change within Canada, and how they can cope and combat climate change

● Setting up an emergency task force to deal directly with the impacts of climate change within Canada (with the Arctic and its residents as a top priority)

● Supporting national, regional, and local trade over global trade

Conclusion

The NCA acknowledges that climate change is a real phenomenon, and yet Canada’s contribution to the global emissions is insignificant, and UN climate change modeling is unreliable. The NCA believes that a strong economy is the best way to fight emissions, by giving us the resources to tackle emissions with common sense through for example increased private sector incentives for greater efficiency. The NCA will work with any other party that supports its vision for addressing climate change in Canada.

Created: 2014-11-09; last updated: 2018-12-06

The NCA membership vote on 2014-11-07/09. The vote resulted in 100 percent of membership in favour of the Climate Change Policy Statement with a 100 percent quorum. This vote outcome satisfies the minimum 70 percent membership support and 50 percent quorum required for adoption of policies as per the NCA Constitution (2014).

The NCA welcomes feedback on its policies. Please send policy feedback to info@nationalcitizensalliance.ca

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