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View from the Cordillera

A Commentary on Achieving Excellence in Local Government
Read by Municipal Leaders on 4 Continents
Published by the Cordillera Institute
(Vol. 4, Issue 22)
Is Man-Made Global-Warming Just Another Manufactured Crisis? (part 2)
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Summary of This Commentary
This issue is part 2 of our annual review to update you on the status of MMGW (man-made global warming).  Because MMGW is being portrayed as an imminent crisis, many in our senior governments have been persuaded to call for major shifts in public policy and the spending of significant amounts of public money.  Considerable pressure is also being put on our local governments, not just by the special interests but also by those members of the public whom they have convinced to support their cause.  So, how should you be responding to this alleged crisis?  From our experience with past crises, we have applied a 5-step process to assist you in determining your response.  In part 1 of this series, we covered steps 1 to 3.  In this issue, we cover steps 4 and 5.
Step 4: Apply Logic and Reason poses a series of questions designed to address the anomalies — data which appear to contradict the MMGW hypothesis — in the recent global temperature record.
Step 5: Be Aware of any Similar Events reviews other examples of controversial 'science' which have been used to persuade public officials — and the public — of a crisis.

Results of the 5-step process raise a number of questions.
Is there a consensus of reputable scientists?
Is there another agenda to consider?
If so, how might it be advanced?
How have our senior governments responded to this alleged crisis?
And, most importantly, how should local governments respond?

This issue answers these key questions and provides our recommendations for dealing with MMGW.

As always, we welcome your comments.

David Barber
Director
Cordillera Institute
(416) 293-9300
CordInst@istar.ca
http://pages.istar.ca/~cordinst/



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