(We all know the Ontario Liberals lie every time they open their mouths. They must hold weekly sessions for the entire caucus, because I see these same lies repeated by several MPP’s. I have never seen a more despicable group of politicians in my life. — DQ)
Tom Adams — September 12, 2016
Dr. Dianne Saxe
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Dear Dr. Saxe,
On Wednesday last week, you and I were guests on the radio show “Fight Back with Libby Znaimer” on the AM radio station CFZM Toronto. A podcast of that interview is available here.
You made the following six major points:
1. Climate change means that Ontario has much higher temperatures and longer heat waves. Ontario’s infrastructure was built for the climate that we used to have but unfortunately that is over and won’t come back…If we look at the data, there is a very significant difference that we’re seeing in the last couple of decades from the average temperature of the 20th century, which is what most of our infrastructure was built to.
2. If you look at what is driving Ontario rates up, conservation contributed only 4% of Global Adjustment in 2015.
3. Residential rates in Ontario are average for North America.
4. Ontario’s eliminating coal-fired power is one of the big reasons why last year, for the first year since records began, that we didn’t have any smog days.
5. When the Ontario Liberals formed government after the Conservatives, Ontario’s whole power system was running at the very edge of its capacity with shreds and patches.
6. Ontario’s publicly-backed electricity debt is being paid down.
The evidence presented below contradicts each of your six claims.
You claim that climate change is causing much higher temperatures and longer heat waves in Ontario and that there is a very significant difference that we’re seeing in Ontario in the last couple of decades from the average temperature of the 20th century. Monthly average maximum temperatures in Toronto are available here. No trend in summer temperature over the last couple of decades appears from the data.