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Liberals play fast and loose with climate data, fabricating past weather patterns

The deleted data was replaced with fabricated models which simulated past climate data, despite the existence of historical readings.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, Environment Canada purposefully erased 100 years of historical weather readings and replaced it with “modeled historic data” to produce dramatic weather diagrams and maps for their climate change website.

ClimateData.ca was launched on August 15 by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna as a means to illustrate the threat of climate change.

According to Environment Canada’s spokesperson, Samantha Bayard, all of the data before 1949 was omitted in the graphs, despite having access to weather measurements which go all the way back to 1850. 

The deleted data was then replaced with fabricated models which simulated past climate data, despite the existence of historical readings. 

“The historical data is not observed historical data. It is modeled historic data,” said Bayard.

This means that several important readings were omitted from the models including the fact that Toronto was hotter in 1852 than in 2017, while Vancouver experienced warmer weather in 1910 than it did in 2017. It also excluded the fact that the hottest temperature ever observed in Canada took place on September 15, 1935. 

Minister Catherine McKenna has received criticism in the past for playing fast and loose with reality. In a video shared by her official Twitter account and then later deleted, McKenna could be heard suggesting that by repeating a claim loudly enough, people will eventually believe it.

“But you know, I actually gave them some real advice. I said that if you actually say it louder, we’ve learned in the House of Commons, if you repeat it, if you say it louder, if that is your talking point, people will totally believe it,” claimed McKenna.

As part of the effort to fight climate change, the Liberal Party implemented a nation-wide federal carbon tax. While the tax was originally intended to be capped at $50 a tonne by 2022, McKenna has said that there will be a review of the cap if Trudeau is re-elected this election.

The announcement came after a report by the Parliamentary Budget Office which indicated that Canadian taxpayers would have to pay a tax of $102 a tonne if they intend to meet international greenhouse gas emission targets.

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