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You won’t believe what this Conservative said about extreme weather and climate change

Since extreme weather events are nothing new in Canada and the country accounts for such a tiny fraction of global greenhouse gas emissions, why should we bother to do anything to combat climate change?   That pretty much sums up what the chair of the Manitoba caucus for the Conservatives argued Thursday at a parliamentary […]

May 30, 2014

Since extreme weather events are nothing new in Canada and the country accounts for such a tiny fraction of global greenhouse gas emissions, why should we bother to do anything to combat climate change?

 

That pretty much sums up what the chair of the Manitoba caucus for the Conservatives argued Thursday at a parliamentary committee meeting.

Calling it an “obvious question,” Robert Sopuck, tapped by the Conservative Party to be an “outspoken member” of the House of Commons Environment Committee, just wouldn’t let this point go. He used up all his time to press the witness, Bob Hamilton, Deputy Minister of the Environment.

So if we cut our emissions dramatically, “would we change the weather, because that’s the implication of these kinds of statements?” Sopuck asked, pointing out Prairie floods have been around long before experts started linking extreme weather to climate change.

“Our government is being criticized all the time on the climate change issue, but if we did every thing the opposition wants to do to reduce carbon emissions, it will have little or no effect on extreme weather events or climate change in Canada.”

Watch Sopuck’s “atmospheric chemistry” lesson and Hamilton”s attempt to “just nuance that a little bit”:

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Big math error whittles Tim Hudak’s “million jobs” down to 50,000

Tim Hudak had everything going for him heading into this election: a catchy slogan, a nice round number, and a plan to eliminate 100,000 public sector jobs. He even had an economist from the American Tea Party lined up to back him up. The only thing Hudak was missing, it now appears, was a calculator. Several economists […]

May 29, 2014

Tim Hudak had everything going for him heading into this election: a catchy slogan, a nice round number, and a plan to eliminate 100,000 public sector jobs.

He even had an economist from the American Tea Party lined up to back him up. The only thing Hudak was missing, it now appears, was a calculator.

Several economists who have analysed Hudak’s “million jobs plan” now say it’s riddled with so many holes, it would actually create closer to 50,000 jobs. (The…