Canada's National Post is an admittedly right-wing newspaper. Proudly right-wing. Cringe-inducingly right-wing.
And so, a special comment the paper ran this morning, titled, "Warmer temperatures would be a benefit, not a problem, for Toronto." The essay -- which the title does an admirable job of summarizing -- was written by Lawrence Solomon, who also wrote a book on climate change denial that's actually called The Deniers. And with that, let's begin.
In coming decades, climate change will warm Toronto by 5.7 degrees in winter and 3.8 degrees in summer, the city’s parks and environment committee learned in a consultants’ report tabled Tuesday. The consultants, pointing to potentially dire results, indicate that the city may need to spend billions in upgrades. In truth, rising temperatures would be a boon to the city and its taxpayers.
How so? In short: Less snow! Less salt to melt snow! Fewer potholes! Fewer traffic problems! Fewer accidents! More tourists! A word of caution, though: Solomon also suggests that warming may have peaked, remaining unchanged for the last 16 years (this is not true), and that, in fact, in 2014 "we will begin a 40-year-long descent into what will be Earth’s 19th Little Ice Age." (This is also not true.)
It does not escape our notice that most of Solomon's perks of warmer weather focus on his ability to drive more safely. Nor does it escape our notice that embracing climate change because it means fewer potholes is like embracing being mauled to death by a bear on a wintry tundra because the grizzly's fur provides shelter from the wind.