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.