Sitting here in a minor wind storm, thinking about Calgary’s more-than-minor wind storm last weekend, lead me to think about this year’s record number of tornadoes—and devastation—in America’s mid-west, the massive fires in Texas and New Mexico, the record flood’s in Pakistan, now in Thailand, and the drought in East Africa, not to mention Russia’s heat wave that killed 15,000 last year—and so growing uncomfortable listening to the wind outside, not that there’s anything unusual with our wind today other than its nagging presence—well, I just had to reassure myself that these weather ‘events’ were all isolated occurrences—unconnected to any warming, and unrelated to any changes in climate, and simply get my head beyond any oppressive idea of communal responsibility or worse, the need to think about these things and maybe change my behaviour… Fortunately I found this short film that relieved me of all that burden.
So yes, it’s a good thing Peter Kent and Stephen Harper are steering us out of Kyoto, which I suppose didn’t matter anyway as Canada is the only country within the Kyoto Protocol to have cast off our legally binding obligations. Besides I just trust Peter Kent’s face when he says: Kyoto is a failure and Canada can control greenhouse gases through another, non-Kyoto approach.
And finally, just on the off chance that there’s something to our exhaling great quantities of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, halocarbons, and hexafluoride into the air, and the crazy weather, Pope Benedict’s Sunday message for delegates attending this week’s U.N. climate change conference will have brought everyone into harmony: "I hope that all members of the international community agree on a responsible and credible response to this worrisome and complex phenomenon, taking into account the needs of the poorest and future generations." Clearly this should give us all assurance, especially the poor.