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Edict from the Trudeau government: pay up or die a scorching death!

Unless we pay an ever-increasing tithe to stop bad weather, the world will end. So decreed the Government of Canada, and, on April Fools’ Day, forced all Canadians to start handing over hard-earned dollars to the eco-gods.

Provinces of Canada had been warned that if they did not come up with a “carbon tax scheme,” Prime Minister Trudeau and his Liberals would do it for them. In April in Toronto, Ontario challenged the constitutionality of Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act in a four-day hearing at the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

The premise for the Act and for every single boondoggle of a fake-green scheme to “fight,” “tackle,” “take action against” manmade global warming/manmade climate change is false. Greenhouse gases (of which carbon dioxide (CO2) has been targetted for demonization) that arise from the activities of people living their normal lives, are blamed for causing changes in the weather.

CO2 is the most important food for all life on earth. Calling it a “pollutant” is anti-science and anti-truth…We are not the enemy of nature, but its salvation – Dr. Patrick Moore, Ecologist, Greenpeace Co-Founder (See 54:39 and 1:06:18)

Greenhouse gases are not a pollutant, as the title of the Act would have you believe. Without them there would be no life on earth. There is no manmade global climate emergency. The climate changes naturally all the time, always has, always will.

(Note how cleverly the Liberal government now refers to greenhouse gases in the singular, officially treating them as a “single pollutant,” no doubt to deflect the inconvenient truth that, CO2, the trace gas they vilify is actually invisible, odourless, life-giving plant food. The eco-hysterics have always abused language to obfuscate – for example with the words “carbon,” and “carbon pollution,” hoping people will confuse them with deadly carbon monoxide.)

So, on the basis of a false premise, an expensive four-day court proceeding involving scores of learned lawyers, experts, huge amounts of time and brainpower, and the full judicial apparatus with five justices, focused on debating in all gravity and seriousness the finer points of whether the provincial or the federal government has the constitutional right to the privilege of profiting from “fighting” a non-existent problem. It’s as if nobles of The Emperor’s retinue, he of the New Clothes, are squabbling over who has the right and the privilege to the useless act of dressing the Emperor in his pretend, non-existent clothes. It is actually that ridiculous, and tragic.

Beleaguered taxpayers in Ontario have to foot the bill for both the provincial and federal government’s legal tussle over the spoils of “tackling” a non-existent problem. At least they were allowed to watch the drama unfold via live stream from the courtroom and decide for themselves the relative merits of the case.

Unfortunately not heard in the courtroom was the following:

It was warmer than today for at least 95% of the last 10,000 years. – Dr. Tim Ball, historical climatologist

Ninety percent (90%) of the time since creation the earth was warmer than it is now – because the geological evidence indicates that over all of geology history, 4.65 billion years, somewhere between 5% and 10% of that time was there [no] substantial ice on earth, and now there is. There’s Greenland and Antartica and summer ice all over the planet, lots of places. So you’re talking 5% or 10% of the time the planet was cooler than it is now. – Dr. Richard A. Keen, Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Colorado

We’re at the lowest levels of CO2 in earth’s history. Four hundred and forty-four million years ago, while we were in the depths of the coldest period in the last half billion years, we had 1100% of today’s CO2 levels, according to geologic proxies. So CO2 is very low right now. They say “40% rise in the last century, since 1880.” Well, that’s peanuts in natural terms. – Tom Harris, Executive Director, International Climate Science Coalition

The carbon dioxide in this room is now around 900 [ppm]. Now, either we should be happy about it or evacuate the room for fear that there is something bad about it. There is nothing bad about carbon dioxide. The more the better. – Dr. Jay H. Lehr, Science Director, Heartland Institute

“The climate system is a coupled non-linear chaotic system and therefore long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.” The IPCC web pages where this statement was recorded were purged in November 2018. It was recorded prior to this many times on the WayBack Machine. – Dr. Patrick Moore, Ecologist, Greenpeace Co-Founder

First the scaremongering, then the legal argument

Eminent, honest scientists and experts were not invited to the hearing, and climate science expertise such as theirs was not required (because “the science is settled,” don’t you know). The objective of the challenge in the Court of Appeal for Ontario was not to establish whether or not the hypothesis of cataclysmic manmade climate change has been proven or whether a tax can prevent planetary climate doom as the Trudeau government claims.

Nonetheless, many of the parties arguing for the constitutional legitimacy of the Act felt it necessary to preface their submissions to the court with apocalyptic declarations, as follows:

We know that climate change is an urgent threat to humanity. The accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere causes global warming, which is causing climate change and the associated national and international risks to human health and well-being. Greenhouse gas emissions are not contained with geographic boundaries. They are an interprovincial and international pollutant. Reducing Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions as part of the global effort to slow climate change is critical. – Lawyer for Canada

First and foremost, we submit that climate change is the most serious environmental and economic problem of our time. If greenhouse gas emissions are not a matter of national concern, it’s difficult to imagine what is. And it’s not merely the importance of the problem that makes it a national concern to respond to Ontario, it’s the fact that greenhouse gases cause serious extra-provincial and international impacts… – Lawyer for Canada’s Eco-Fiscal Commission

Ontario agrees with Canada that climate change is real, is caused by human activities, is already having a disruptive effect across the country and if left unchecked, its potential impact will be even more severe…In short, Ontario’s agreement is consistent with the view that greenhouse emissions, in causing climate change, are an evil. – Lawyer for Canadian Environmental Law Association, Environmental Defence, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul

Climate change is properly understood as a public health issue. There is scientific consensus that it is the biggest global public health threat of the 21st century. – Lawyer for Canadian Public Health Association

There was the usual heart-wrenching plea to think of the children, the grandchildren, the next generations:

I’m here today to talk about children, the children of today and the children yet to come in future generations…they are going to bear the most severe impacts from our greenhouse gas emissions… the greenhouse gas emissions of current and previous generations have created an urgent threat to our children and to future generations. – Lawyer for Intergenerational Climate Coalition

And then there was the predictable, hysterical pronouncement from the charlatan Suzuki corner:

Canada and the world face a crisis more dire than any that has come before. As we have been warned by an overwhelming consensus of scientists, a rapidly warming planet threatens Canadians’ way of life and indeed our very lives. We have only a decade to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a stable level. If Canada’s and the world’s actions do not produce the required reductions by 2030 we will pass a point of no return, forever losing the ability to prevent some of the worst consequences of climate change. The shrinking window of time left to save ourselves from climate disaster is truly a national emergency, in fact, nothing less than a global emergency. – Lawyer for David Suzuki Foundation

Even the lawyer for the Province of Ontario insisted that:

This is not a reference [case] about whether climate change is real. It is. This is not a reference about whether greenhouse gases produced by human activity are contributing to climate change. They are. And it is not a reference about whether action needs to be taken. Action does need to be taken. Ontario has taken action. Ontario is continuing to take action.

The Trudeau Liberals’ “leak”

Some of the five justices hearing the case seemed at times to conflate their understanding of regular environmental pollution with manmade climate change, but no wonder when the Act uses the deliberately misleading term “greenhouse gas pollution.”  Moreover some of them seemed to reveal where they may stand on the subject of manmade climate change per se. In a question for the lawyer representing the intervener Province of New Brunswick, with reference to floods there, the justice posited this: “…if they’re caused by climate change, which seems a reasonable assumption…“

With all due respect, even the UN’s IPCC would beg to differ:

There is medium evidence and high agreement that long-term trends in normalized losses [from extreme weather] have not been attributed to natural or anthropogenic climate change… 

Another justice had this to say:

The worst impacts by far in Canada of greenhouse gases are the three northern territories. They’re facing the risk of temperatures rising from 3.5 to 7 degrees. The biggest emitters are Ontario, Alberta, and probably Quebec. What’s the incentive for Alberta, Quebec, and Ontario to do things that are going to be responsive to a horrible problem up north? Just on the news the other day there was the chief of one of the bands up in the Yukon, saying the caribou this year are 85 km away from where they have been for centuries – 85 km away, and entirely because of the melt up there.

Now this is highly interesting. The day that the carbon tax became effective – April 1 – a report by Canada’s Department of the Environment was “leaked” to Canada’s state broadcaster, the CBC. It claimed that Canada was heating up twice as fast as the rest of the world, and that Northern Canada was triple the global rate. On March 31, the day before the alarmist report was “leaked,” the state broadcaster published an article, handwringing that “Indigenous elders in Yukon say moose and caribou are moving farther north to escape the effects of climate change.”

The CBC continued to fan the flames more than usual with daily news or opinion pieces wholly in line with the Trudeau Liberal government’s climate narrative and the imperative to tax carbon dioxide. Very neat and tidy coincidences and exquisite timing, wouldn’t you say? Sad caribou story, carbon tax implemented, leaked alarmist climate report – all within two days. The CBC’s propaganda effort seems to have had a powerful impact on at least one of the justices.

It is to be hoped that the honourable justices get their climate information from sources other than the propagandist state broadcaster, as, for example, from Dr. Ross McKitrick, who puts the super-heated government report into proper perspective. It was apparent, judging by some of their comments and questions, that the justices would also do well to refresh their basic scientific knowledge about the atmosphere, greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, fluctuations in climate throughout the eons, and so on.

A “carbon” tax/levy/charge, inflicted on Canadians based on a fake, anti-human premise

The premise for this hearing, and that of the Act in question, was and is that catastrophic, life-threatening, earth-dooming global warming/climate change is caused by man’s emissions of greenhouse gases, craftily treated as one single pollutant. This fake premise was not up for discussion, but should have been debated long ago by a Liberal government that crowed it would develop policies and legislation based on science and evidence.  It’s the pernicious, dishonest tax grab that is “evil,” not the greenhouse gases, as the lawyer for Canadian Environmental Law Association et alia would have you believe.

A tax on thin air as a punishing “behaviour-changing signal”

The lawyer for the Government of Canada stated that the Act is not a tax bill, but rather imposes a “behaviour-changing regulatory charge,” that represents a “behaviour-changing signal,” whereby “the dominant purpose is to change behaviour.”

So Justin Trudeau and his Liberals fancy that they can change the behaviour of Canadians, punish them, social engineer them, with a punitive levy for living their lives, for doing the things that keep them (and the country) safe and secure, healthy, productive, and alive – in a cold, modern, northern country with a huge landmass! Canadians rely on fossil fuels for every aspect of our lives. Exactly what “behaviour” are they supposed to “change,” and to what? Stop heating their homes? Stop going to work? Stop eating?

Canadians are climate pawns in the UN’s globalist aims

The Liberals’ irrational, insane scheming is based on the false premise that man can control the ever-naturally-changing climate and weather. It is influenced and brought to you by the UN’s anti-human, anti-democratic agenda for unelected, unaccountable global governance using a phoney global climate immolation as a smoke screen. (You can read a series of posts about the UN’s corruption and politicization of science to effect its malign infiltration and influence on every level of public policy decision-making in Canada here.)

Other provinces blow back

Canada’s carbon tax law applies to provinces that do not have their own “carbon tax regimes” that meet “national standards,” currently Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and New Brunswick. Saskatchewan has completed its own court of appeal challenge, and is awaiting the outcome. Manitoba plans a legal challenge. But will any leader of any level of government in Canada ever have the conviction or the guts to challenge the root problem, the false premise underlying the evil “carbon” hoax, the most massive scientific deception ever perpetrated in plain sight?

Ontario’s Court of Appeal hearing ended April 18. The five justices have reserved judgement, and their ruling will come sometime within the next six months.

O Canada!

Flimsy, fake rationale for imposing Canada’s pernicious carbon tax

On April Fool’s Day the Trudeau Liberal federal government’s draconian Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act came into force in Canada–a fitting day on which to inflict a punishing carbon tax law on Canadians. It applies to provinces that do not have their own carbon tax regimes that meet “national standards,” currently Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and New Brunswick.

The Preamble to this law, based on the fake premise of manmade global warming/manmade climate change, is full of the usual pseudoscientific tropes and untruths about a pretend planetary climate emergency.

The Preamble, the rationale and justification for the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, decoded in caps (emphasis added):

BECAUSE 97% SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS (fake claim, long ago debunked many times over):

Whereas there is broad scientific consensus that anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global climate change;

BECAUSE URGENTLY SAVING THE PLANET (blatant scaremongering):

Whereas recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are at the highest level in history and present an unprecedented risk to the environment, including its biological diversity, to human health and safety and to economic prosperity;

BECAUSE WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE (more blatant scaremongering):

Whereas impacts of climate change, such as coastal erosion, thawing permafrost, increases in heat waves, droughts and flooding, and related risks to critical infrastructures and food security are already being felt throughout Canada and are impacting Canadians, in particular the Indigenous peoples of Canada, low-income citizens and northern, coastal and remote communities;

BECAUSE THE GRANDCHILDREN (emotional blackmail):

Whereas Parliament recognizes that it is the responsibility of the present generation to minimize impacts of climate change on future generations;

BECAUSE IT’S A PLANETARY CLIMATE EMERGENCY (fake, phoney, non-existent):

Whereas the United Nations, Parliament and the scientific community have identified climate change as an international concern which cannot be contained within geographic boundaries;

BECAUSE THE UN TOLD US TO (obeisance to “non-binding” UN diktats):

Whereas Canada has ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, done in New York on May 9, 1992, which entered into force in 1994, and the objective of that Convention is the stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system;

BECAUSE THERE IS ONE IMMUTABLE, CORRECT GLOBAL TEMPERATURE (which the UN’s IPCC made up out of thin air):

Whereas Canada has also ratified the Paris Agreement, done in Paris on December 12, 2015, which entered into force in 2016, and the aims of that Agreement include holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change;

BECAUSE THE PARIS AGREEMENT SAYS WE HAVE TO (“non-binding” UN agreement):

Whereas the Government of Canada is committed to achieving Canada’s Nationally Determined Contribution – and increasing it over time – under the Paris Agreement by taking comprehensive action to reduce emissions across all sectors of the economy, accelerate clean economic growth and build resilience to the impacts of climate change;

BECAUSE AN URGENT “NATIONAL PROBLEM” (non-existent, lying to Canadians):

Whereas it is recognized in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change that climate change is a national problem that requires immediate action by all governments in Canada as well as by industry, non-governmental organizations and individual Canadians;

BECAUSE WE LOVE ORWELLIAN LANGUAGE (“pricing” is a tax grab):

Whereas greenhouse gas emissions pricing is a core element of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change;

BECAUSE WE’RE GONNA MODIFY YOUR BEHAVIOUR (micromanage your life) . . .

Whereas behavioural change that leads to increased energy efficiency, to the use of cleaner energy, to the adoption of cleaner technologies and practices and to innovation is necessary for effective action against climate change;

. . . BY BEATING YOU HARDER AND HARDER WITH THE PRICING STICK (citizen abuse):

Whereas the pricing of greenhouse gas emissions on a basis that increases over time is an appropriate and efficient way to create incentives for that behavioural change;

BECAUSE WHOSOEVER EMITS CARBON DIOXIDE HAS TO PAY (does breathing out count?):

Whereas greenhouse gas emissions pricing reflects the “polluter pays” principle;

BECAUSE IF THE PROVINCES REFUSE TO DO IT . . .

Whereas some provinces are developing or have implemented greenhouse gas emissions pricing systems;

. . . WE’LL MAKE THEM . . .

Whereas the absence of greenhouse gas emissions pricing in some provinces and a lack of stringency in some provincial greenhouse gas emissions pricing systems could contribute to significant deleterious effects on the environment, including its biological diversity, on human health and safety and on economic prosperity;

. . . BECAUSE WE CAN AND WE WILL:

And whereas it is necessary to create a federal greenhouse gas emissions pricing scheme to ensure that, taking provincial greenhouse gas emissions pricing systems into account, greenhouse gas emissions pricing applies broadly in Canada

The Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act is a dishonest legislation right from the start, i.e. the title – greenhouse gases are not “pollution.” This from the Liberal government that promised to develop policies and legislation based on science and evidence. It has the fingerprints of the UN’s anti-human, anti-democratic sustainable development program all over it, citing agreements and commitments that Canadians were never consulted about or able to vote on, such as the UN’s 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change (basis for the UN’s Agenda 21, Millennium Development, 2030 Agenda), the Paris Agreement, and the UN’s unscientifically-derived, made-up global target temperature rise of no more than 2°C (oh wait, no, they reduced it for added hysteria value down to 1.5°C!).

Ontario is currently challenging the constitutional validity of the law in the Court of Appeal for Ontario. That’s good news, but unfortunately putting the cart before the horse. We first need a court case about whether or not manmade global warming/manmade climate change is actually a scientifically-proven catastrophic thing. To prove that, we need a baseline of empirical evidence as to what the natural influences on the ever-changing climate are, and then empirical evidence of what, if any,  is man’s contribution causing additional change over and above that.

Sadly, at the moment there is nothing like this kind of national climate science review on the horizon for Canadians.