I started the day today with the great John Oakley on Toronto's AM 640, discussing (with as straight a face as I could muster) President Obama's belief that climate change causes terrorism. It would be truer to say, given the number of carbon footprints ISIS has lowered to zero, that terrorism mitigates climate change.
We also discussed Ontario voters' apparent enthusiasm for a carbon tax. I pointed out that the entire political, social, cultural and economic development of Canada has taken place during so-called "climate change": the nought-point-eight of a degree in global temperature rise that has occurred since the end of the Little Ice Age in the mid-19th century - which has been hugely beneficial, especially to a freezing cold joint like Canada, where it's meant longer growing seasons and more crops. Nova Scotia, 1848: First responsible government in the British Empire. Ottawa, 1867: Birth of the Dominion of Canada. There's more correlation between Canada's rise and climate change than between terrorism and climate change.
As I mentioned to John, whatever the enthusiasm of Ontarians, elsewhere the public seems to be climbing off the climate ledge. Andrew Bolt has more on that.
Click below to listen to me and John:
The book of mine (well, partly mine: I have several distinguished co-authors, including Andrew Bolt) that John mentioned is called Climate Change: The Facts. It's been flying off the shelves so fast at Amazon that they're having a hard time keeping it in stock, but, if you get no luck over there, you can always pick up a copy personally autographed by me exclusively from the SteynOnline bookstore. And, for instant gratification, it's also in eBook format via Kindle, Nook at Barnes & Noble, or Kobo at Indigo-Chapters in Canada and around the world.
The big confab John mentioned is the 10th International Conference on Climate Change next month in Washington, DC. I'll be live on stage to talk about the litigious Dr Mann and other issues, and there'll be a chance to hear many far more eminent speakers on the way forward in the climate debate. For more information on the conference, see here.