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Proof that carbon taxes work

16 Nov 2022 | News Roundup

One of us travelled to western Canada last weekend and was astonished to discover by looking out the aeroplane window that the prairies, from Manitoba through Alberta, are covered in a blanket of unseasonable snow. Rather than attribute it to carbon taxes, although we do have to ask how success would otherwise be defined for such a policy, we are quite prepared to shrug and say that weather is variable. Thus Ottawa in our absence had its wettest Remembrance Day on record, proving nothing. But if the Canadian west were more than a dozen degrees above the seasonal average, instead of that far below it, it would have been international climate news. Whereas temperatures falling as fast as the thick wet snow barely made the weather report.

During our stay in Calgary temperatures got well into the negative double digits C. And as we noted in September, a thoughtful reader had suggested to us that weather reports ought, instead of trying to scare us with colour coding, to tell us how conditions on any given day compared to the average for that day, the records for that day and when they were set. Calgary, for instance, is forecast to have a high of -10°C on November 17. A typical high for the month of November is +3°C. So again imagine what they’d be saying if the forecast were not for 13 degrees below average (again for our American friends it would be 23.5°F below normal) but 13°C above.

Right. They’d show a map charred red from here to the horizon. Whereas when it’s white, a restrained silence prevails.

3 comments on “Proof that carbon taxes work”

  1. A minor observation in the interest of accuracy, Remembrance Day in Ottawa was actually quite pleasant and dry. This was a fortunate occurrence of weather, since snow has arrived just a few days later.

  2. Being from the Lower forty-eight, I am want to mix the observations of Donald Trump with my personal experiences watching telly for the past sixty-seven years. I would proffer, "TV weather reports are the original fake news." Weather, as pointed out by James Gleik, in his book, CHAOS. is a string of non-linear variables that rapidly move into chaos. It reminds me of the required daily reporting water fowl harvest info to the Illinois DNR, so they could use it to determine when to end the seasons. Talk about Onanism. Replying on a bunch or local hunters to take the time out from travel, cleaning their shotguns, and cleaning their harvested birds, to accurately and honestly report what they shot that day. You can't make up such foolishness. Reading the book, CHAOS should be required of all TV weathermen and DNR bureaucrats.

  3. If you didn't live through the great acid rain swindle, you obviously are unprepared to to use that concrete data to find out government always finds a way to keep everyone separate.

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