A Conservative’s Response to Climate Change

So a Facebook response from a Climate Change supporter which I deemed to be sincere asked :

Hi Darvin, Are you able to parse this out for us a little more? I definitely understand the annoyance with some as they claim every hot day caused by climate change. That being said, carbon pricing is an important mechanism to facilitate businesses (and their customers) taking carbon emissions into account when making investment and purchasing decisions. 

As a normal conservative on the streets of western Canada, these are my thoughts and concerns with the movement

1) Go back to global warming.  The term Climate Change is nonsensical and entirely undefined within the normal cycles of climate.  Climate changes and it shouldn't be pretended that it doesn't.  Pieter Brugel painted rivers skating in the Netherlands in what was termed the "Little Ice Age" due (1600s) to extreme cold that annual frozed river ways that don't freeze. Climate swings drastically even without industrialization. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Ice_Age) 

2)  Lets see some historical claims back from Al Gore and be honest with him. His 2006 book had sea levels rise significantly (up to 20 ft) amongst other claims.  Practically no increase has been seen in the last 10 year at coastal cities. Unfortunately, Al Gore is seen as the father of Climate Change and needs to be dealt with to restore confidence in the claims. (whatever they may be) (https://scienceline.org/2008/12/ask-rettner-sea-level-rise-al-gore-an-inconvenient-truth/)
Conrad Black: Thirty years of climate hysterics being proven wrong over and over again

3)  There are more important issues globally then climate change – such as , poverty and inequality and world hunder.  https://www.ted.com/talks/bjorn_lomborg_sets_global_priorities?language=en

4) Its smells like Christian extremism i.e. "The Great Commision" and Apocalyptic texts. A significant number of UCP have Christian background and though they do support these, they've found some balance between day-to-day living and that.  When they see Climate Change people, they recognize aspects of they're own journey that they've already resolved as extreme or at least not for every day life. 

5) It has loopholes for industrial pollutors which have significant impact on any Climate goals while targeting the general population making it appear political.  https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/08/02/ottawa-downplays-carbon-price-plan-that-gives-more-tax-relief-to-heavy-polluters.html

6) Its not going far enough.  If we want to significant drop vehicle use and other  excessive use, the price should be $400 – $800 / ton.  This would tank our economy and change the day-to-day cultural norms of Canada.

In general, conservatives want to be good stewards of the land and environment and will make changes to that end but don't see the end of the world due to climate happening in the next 20 or 50 years and don't like being force fed that it is.

Instead of the Olympics, Lets Build Domes over Alberta Cities.

A large geodesic dome that covers a city is not science fiction.  According to Buckmister Fuller, the famous architect, the larger the dome, the lower the cost and the cost decreases geometrically.  In fact, he found that the problem of a city size dome is keeping it anchored to the ground because of all the rising warm air collecting at the top.

Is a Dome Realistic

There are many towns world wide from the US, to Japan to the middle east that have explored building such a dome and some have even started the construction process. Of course Mega projects of this size do require government support both in regulation and to finance. Much engineering has already taking place to make these city sized domes possible

Benefits of a City Sized Dome

  • World class engineering development
  • Patent portfolio development of local companies
  • Significantly lower the operating cost of cities through the reduction in lights, maintenance, heating and snow removal
  • Tourism
  • Extending the growing season for agriculture
  • Jobs, jobs jobs

Building domes over the hamlets, villages, and cities of West Canada may seem unrealistic but provides high paying jobs and world class skills that will last decades and provide a much better spend then $5B for the 10 days of the Winter Olympics. How about we fund a 30M study on building domes or a plebiscite for spending that money on a dome? It would certainly create more sustainable jobs.

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