McQUARRIE – Right or wrong, why take a chance on climate change?

Floods and fires — is climate change manmade? (Image: File photo, Mel Rothenburger)

IT WAS DURING one of those coffee shop conversations when I was asked what I thought would happen if my opinion on climate change was eventually proven wrong.

“Being the devil’s advocate”, my friend began, “let’s suppose that everything you believed to be true about climate change is proven wrong. Within the decade we learn that manmade climate change was indeed a myth.”

Now everyone knows that starting a question with that devil’s advocate opening line is the equivalent of saying; I’m right, you’re wrong and I won’t be changing my mind any time soon.

However, it was a good question and acknowledging that ‘gotcha’ kind of smile on his face, I explained that quite honestly, I’d look pretty foolish.  In fact, some might even consider me — although he was kind enough not to use the word — an idiot for being taken in by all that ‘fake science.’

I admitted to not only looking stupid but in the years ahead, acknowledged my grandchildren would roll their eyes in disbelief when they heard stories of their gullible grandpa.

The world would again be a safe and secure place and the result of my being wrong would be nothing more than personal embarrassment. I had been played for a fool, fallen victim to a conspiracy, a plot masterfully and secretly prepared by over 90 per cent of the world’s scientists.

The obvious purpose behind this highly organized, scientific criminal enterprise was to allow governments to (carbon) tax their citizens. A tax grab, as it is often described.

Those scientists were a sneaky bunch and so clearly big friends of government. They even deflected suspicion by convincing a conservative prime minister to ban publication of their reports, destroy old research records and slash their research and operating budgets.

These guys were good and considering there were tens of thousands of them involved in the conspiracy, they also knew how to keep a secret.

Then I asked my friend what would happen if he was wrong and manmade climate change really did exist? Would the consequences of his being wrong differ from mine?

I got that awkward, sideways glance as he considered my question. Obviously there would be a big difference and personal embarrassment at getting it wrong would be the very least of our problems.

Famine, flooding, wildfires, storms like we had never before experienced, loss of life, hundreds of millions of desperately starving climate refugees, civil unrest and 97 per cent of the world’s scientific community saying, ‘but we tried to warn you.’

Given the consequences, the safe bet is to put the arguments off to the side. You don’t have to believe but neither do you have to stand in the way of those who do and are working on the planet’s insurance policy.

Right or wrong, why take the chance?  Do nothing or stand in the way and the tombstone of our local economy, your job and possibly your life will likely read…”Climate change? I thought it was just a tax grabbing hoax.”

Bill McQuarrie is a former magazine publisher, photojournalist and entrepreneur. Semi-retired and now living in Port McNeill, you can follow him on Instagram #mcriderbc or reach him at

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3 Comments on McQUARRIE – Right or wrong, why take a chance on climate change?

  1. As long as we keep focusing on the climate and carbon emissions nothing will improve. It is simply the wrong question. Ask yourself what has been the greatest change in the last 50 years and the answer and problem is right there. The world population doubled in 50 years and therefore it is the massive increase in all aspects that are driving us to our own extinction. Yet politicians, scientists and economists with a few exceptions ignore that issue. We in Canada because our country is so vast do not realize how serious this is. This planet cannot maintain the present rate of population growth. It may get warm but we will run out of food and water long before we cook.

  2. Richard Lodmell // July 7, 2019 at 12:48 PM // Reply

    McQuarrie is a politician riding Al Gore’s bandwagon.

    It was Gore who warned us in 2000 that kids would grow up without snow, snow fall “would be a rare and exciting event”.

    Show your conviction to your cause McQuarrie, warn skiers not to by season passes at Sun Peaks.

  3. Right or wrong…I was expecting more of a “punch” ending but it ended blandly. That’s ok Bill, I will attempt at providing it for you. Climate change notwithstanding, it is quality of life in an increasingly chaotic, polarized and polluted world we should focus on. Things like environment-caused cancer, noise pollution, air pollution, water pollution, personal safety in one’s home and when out and about (think about all the distracted drivers out there) etc.
    Perhaps we the enlightened ones just need to change a little strategy and push for policies focused on quality of life issues which will indirectly benefit the environment hence the climate.

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