In response to the Rocky Mountain Goat editorial, March 31, 2016, “Mayor denies global warming, but inaction is our real flaw.” The statement “Mayor denies global warming” is not true. I made reference to the prevalent term “climate change.” I did NOT deny global warming.
I merely repeated a statement made on TV that NASA was unable to explain that no significant temperature increase had occurred since 1998. There is confirmation on the web that this is so, as well as negation.
Correspondence received from all senior levels of government regarding plans for adaptation or mitigation use the term “Climate Change;” Environment Canada reporter use “Climate Change.”
Climate Change is real.
Climate Change is here.
Time is better spent learning and sharing ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint.
Twisting statements to create controversy is a waste of time. That type of headline and writing might sell newspapers, but it is misleading and results in an overall negative effect within the community.
An example of this is my remark, taken out of context, that I had no more time to look further into the subject, giving the impression that I do not think that the issue is important enough to spend time on. My comment was made in reference to the fact that I had a full schedule of previously booked appointments that day, and I had to leave to meet them on time.
Climate Change is an important issue to me. That is why I signed the “British Columbia Climate Action Charter” on October 17, 20007.
Mayor of Valemount
Editor’s Note: NASA’s data shows there has been significant temperature increases around the planet since 1998, and that 2014 and 2015 were the two hottest years on record. Valemount is one of 182 local governments in BC that had signed the British Columbia Climate Action Charter by July 2013. Section 1(b) of the Charter says “The Parties share the common understanding that the evidence of global warming is unequivocal and the effects of climate change are evident across British Columbia.”