January 07, 2017

Journalist whips up frenzy against Wildrose MLA’s climate skepticism

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Graham Thomson at the Edmonton Journal lashed out at Wildrose MLA Don MacIntyre for suggesting that the science on climate change isn’t settled. 

Just a few days ago, Thomson wrote a piece titled: “Wildrose still seems to be flirting with denial of man-made climate change in 2017”.

It’s an opinion piece that attempts to ridicule the Wildrose MLA for stating during a press conference that climate change is cyclical, that man is aggravating it but man is not the sole cause.

This is hardly a denial of the human factor in climate change and Thomson even notes in the article that the Wildrose MLA isn’t denying the role of humans.

Don MacIntyre is no slouch. He was an instructor and curriculum developer for the alternative energy program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and worked as the chief technical officer at a private geothermal company.

Thomson meanwhile, uses the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (an organization that has been accused of engaging in dubious science) and Obama-funded NASA statistics to refute MacIntyre’s arguments - not a lick of information from independent researchers, or experts like Dr. Tim Ball, Dr. Patrick Moore, or Dr. Judith Curry from the other side of the fence.

Graham Thomson's story whipped the left into a frenzy over some pretty solid statements, made by someone who knows more about the subject than he does.

And of course it worked. The NDP caucus is now demanding that the Wildrose Party remove MacIntyre from the energy portfolio.

Don MacIntyre accused Thomson of promoting an agenda. His response?

“Well, yes, I suppose I am pushing an agenda if the agenda is that political decisions should be based on science, not the other way around.”

I think what Thomson really means is that he wants the science to align with his motives above all else. He’s got newspapers to sell after all.

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commented 2017-01-10 02:12:24 -0500
Who cares Roy… Don’t pay the bills anyway we have more power than they do.!!
commented 2017-01-09 14:31:36 -0500
Science is about skepticism and testing theories with the best evidence available. The history of science is rife with debates and we should be thanking anyone involved in the debating process. No one is free from bias and sadly too many have financial ties fueling their biases. I really try to keep an open mind to both sides but I get suspicious when one sides tries to bully the other into submission. That is not how science is supposed to be settled. As a tax payer we should all be grateful for anyone holding the government to account for money that is being charged and spent unless we can verify predictable measurements based on repeatable experiments.
commented 2017-01-09 14:20:50 -0500
Someone has a comment below: “don’t pay your utility bills and no need to worry as they can’t cut you off in the middle of winter”. I am NOT sure this is the case as in Ontariowe last year, 60,000 residents were cut off because they couldn’t afford to pay their utility bills. This evil witch nutley is a sociopath and I do believe, she would order our utilities cut off if we didn’t pay in a heartbeat. This wasteful destructive government are beyond having any compassion or empathy for us, she couldn’t care less about us except for her union friends.
commented 2017-01-09 14:13:45 -0500
The media, newspapers, radio, movie theaters and television in Alberta have been bought-and-paid-for by nutley’s evil agenda to the tune of more than 10.3 million dollars and rising. This evil witch is still ramping her disgusting lying ads not only at 6:00 pm slot but throughout the night on ctv, global and cbc between 7:00 and 9:00pm. So, of course, all these mediums are spewing her destructive and deceptive garbage so they can continue to reap our hard-earned money. These medias are fully compliant in the destruction of Alberta with this thieving carbon tax that will accomplish nothing but to make us poorer and her evil government richer by far.
commented 2017-01-09 12:16:18 -0500
Wow this Graham Thompson guy is several years behind the rest of the world, using words like climate denial, referencing the politically driven IPCC like it was a reputable science organization, the guy is solidly stuck in 1999. Lol!

He has embarrassed himself and the newspaper, and should be fired.
commented 2017-01-09 11:55:16 -0500
“MacIntyre is backing down”

And that, RON VOSS, is “THE” problem in this Country. May as well replace the red maple leaf with a little yellow chicken.
commented 2017-01-09 10:33:14 -0500
To: gthomson@postmedia.com

REF: Wildrose still seems to be flirting with denial of man-made climate change in 2017

And Graham Thompson still seems to be creating fake news.

Jamie MacMaster

North Glengarry, Ontario
commented 2017-01-09 10:18:34 -0500
I’m betting that if MacIntyre doesn’t cave, Brian Jean will cave him.
commented 2017-01-08 21:38:30 -0500
Dale Warren commented 6 hours ago
“Dr. Hansen, a leading expert on climate change, said in an interview that there was no ‘’magic number’’ that showed when the greenhouse effect was actually starting to cause changes in climate and weather.

Hansen is the one that for the most part, start the global scam is the US, and he the one that falsified the US historical temperature records.

commented 2017-01-08 19:08:12 -0500
EILEEN MCRAE , thanks for FOX link
commented 2017-01-08 17:38:55 -0500
Elton Braun says…

“Truth is no longer relevant. The left will never back down so we need to elect conservative politicians who are against carbon taxes”
Brad Trost is a conservative and a geophysicist who debunks and denies claims of climate change through proven science.
He needs our support and we need his.!!!
commented 2017-01-08 17:28:31 -0500
Too many conservative politicians can’t seem to get past the idea that being a denier is political suicide and they’re scared of being ridiculed. Also the globalist climate fearmongers are loathe to give up this lucrative scam no matter what the truth is. It’s just way too perfect because of all the iffiness. Who’s to say what’s real and when the objective has been accomplished? Carbon taxes could go on forever. Truth is no longer relevant. The left will never back down so we need to elect conservative politicians who are against carbon taxes. Right now we can only hope that they are only playing along to get elected.
commented 2017-01-08 17:01:42 -0500
Peter Netterville, agreed, the Wildrose is playing both sides. It seems like all of them who initially say they oppose the carbon tax are playing both sides. They seem convinced that they have to play. Why can’t they follow Brad Wall’s brave stance? If the naysayers stood strong it might mean something. Most of them are such cowards when it comes right down to it. Back tracking and softening their initial statements. We need, decisive.
Trost seems decisive on the carbon tax, so far.
commented 2017-01-08 16:39:26 -0500
Pressure up the NDP… Stop paying utility bills until they listen to both sides of the argument and their constituents instead of their globalist masters.!!
commented 2017-01-08 16:32:00 -0500
commented 2017-01-08 15:16:48 -0500
“Dr. Hansen, a leading expert on climate change, said in an interview that there was no ‘’magic number’’ that showed when the greenhouse effect was actually starting to cause changes in climate and weather. But he added, ‘’It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is here.’’ An Impact Lasting Centuries
Dr. Hansen, director of NASA’s Institute for Space Studies in Manhattan, testifed before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

The funniest part “Dr. Hansen, a leading expert on climate change” ?
Dr. Hansen is an Astronomer . . . his climate expertise is thin at best . . . as is the AGW Hypothesis . . .
30 years later and they still can’t produce the REAL Science to prove AGW !
commented 2017-01-08 15:01:45 -0500
Graham Thompson . . . . so-called journalist . . . is worried about Klilmate Change in Edmonton in the middle of Winter . . . lol
Don’t worry Graham . . . in a few years 2017 will be the “Warmest Year on Record” . . . once the good people at NOAA get to work on adjusting the Historical Records.
You have to be a special kind of clueless to buy into this UN IPCC insanity !
commented 2017-01-08 14:21:17 -0500
Eileen McRae commented – “Tucker Carlson of Fox News had an interesting conversation with a climatologist Dr. Judith Curry from Georgia Tech”

Good find and so true/typical. Science based academics are fleeing the campus in droves due to subversive politics undermining climate science. But this is the result of cultural Marxism mutating science into a political wedge tool. Science is secondary to developing a single narrative which supports a single party authoritarian state to enforce compliance/conformity.

I often wonder how historians in the future will judge us for allowing our politicians and a hysteria-mongering left use obvious fraudulent science to bankrupt the most bountiful free nations on earth.
commented 2017-01-08 11:36:49 -0500
@ Ron Voss

I think the Wildrose is trying to play both sides of the fence. They want to claim that AGW is a scam but on the other side want to make the eco-freaks believe that they believe in AGW. They want to have their cake and eat it too.

Don’t get me wrong, I still think the Wildrose is the best option for Conservative minded people in Alberta, but they cannot play both sides.
commented 2017-01-08 11:03:12 -0500
While Thompson is clearly an apologist for the NDP government, on the other hand, having some clarity from the Wildrose party on this matter would be nice. Is the science settled as Brian Jean has said and thus something should be done about it, or has it not as Don MacIntyre has said?
commented 2017-01-08 10:22:50 -0500
These people are relentless. After we’ve beaten them to a pulp at dinner parties , in editorials, at the polls, whatever, they still don’t quit. Their leaders are evil and the followers are fools.
commented 2017-01-08 09:32:34 -0500
wow the MSM still doesn’t get it, did the fools even pay attention to the us election, people do not believe what the MSM spews on a daily basis, they are full of it, used car salesman have a better reputation than 90% of the press. They believe there own BS
commented 2017-01-08 09:09:44 -0500
- There are literal tens of thousands of small mountains of proof that pollution exists in the form of land fill sites.
- There are literal hills of crap, toilet paper, various toxic chemicals at the bottom of the ocean floor near many coastal cities that prove pollution exists.
- There are huge mounds of used computers and other electronics in third world countries that prove pollution exists.
- There are toxic chemicals dumps that prove there are pollution damaging to the earth.

However, there is not one shred of proof whatsoever that CO2 produced by human activity is affecting the global mean temperature of the planet. None. Nada. Zip.

Yet, the IPCC, the AGW cultists and adherents to the AGW scam ignore the real pollution and focus on a non-existant pollutant. What a collection of nimrods and fools, and Thomson is one of them.
commented 2017-01-08 09:08:01 -0500
Further to The Architect’s comment:

Gunter, in the article, refers to the Russian Science Academy predicting global cooling due to sun cycles. For a decent overview about their theory refer to Lawrence Solomon in the National post from about two weeks ago. The physicist made his climate predictions based upon past empirical facts, not computer modelling, and these predictions are proving true.
commented 2017-01-08 08:56:11 -0500
Why is it that when the AGW cultists are asked to produce hard facts science that anthropogenic climate change is real, they either become as silence as church mice, or reply with swears and “climate denier” insults, or reply with the line “98 percent of all scientists in our galaxy agree that climate change is real” BS? Could it possibly be because anthropogenic climate change is a load of pure fecal matter?