The party behind the declaration of a national climate change emergency in 2019 has shuttered at least four manual and automatic atmospheric monitoring locations in Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut since 2012.
Data relating to the stark decline in the weather tracking facilities overseen by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) under the Liberals was first reported by Blacklock's on Monday:
“In terms of manual observations the Meteorological Service reached its peak in 1988 with 94 sites,” said the memo. Today there are 57, it said. “The decrease of manual observations over time is a worldwide phenomenon,” said the March 27 memo Meteorological Service of Canada.
No reason was given for the closure of automated and manual stations. The memo said there was an “urgent need for Canadian communities to adapt to this new reality” of climate change.
“Average temperatures in Canada are rising at twice the worldwide average with the North seeing increases up to three times this global rate,” said the memo. “Indeed, extreme weather events experienced across Canada over the past several years have shown how climate change has already altered our reality and put the safety, security and economic prosperity of Canadians at risk.”
Under the Conservative government of Stephen Harper, whose effigy was once beaten by environmental activists in Vancouver for being a "climate criminal," the stations in Arctic regions numbered 73. Today there are 69.
The Blacklock's report notes in 2011, the Harper government approved a nearly $400 million dollar upgrade to the 150-year-old national Meteorological Service to improve advance warnings about severe weather through more robust monitoring.
In June 2019, the Liberal government, in a House of Commons motion spear-headed by then ECCC minister Catherine McKenna, declared climate change to be a national emergency.
The motion described climate change as a "real and urgent crisis, driven by human activity," which impacts Canadians and requires government intervention like carbon taxes to curb.
Current ECCC minister, Steven Guilbeault, in 2015 as head of the environmental activist group, Equiterre, claimed that climate change "caused the mild winters and earlier springs that we have seen in recent years, [and] has catastrophic impacts on the living conditions of the northern communities and several endangered Arctic species, such as polar bears."
But without monitoring, how does Guilbeault now prove that assertion about warmer winters and earlier springs or polar bear deaths? Or is this lack of data collection under the Liberals a hint that the data being collected does not support the hypothesis?
This is not the first time the Liberals have opted to memory-hole data that became an inconvenient truth in their quest to blame fossil fuels for a global boiling.
Just two months after the 2019 climate emergency declaration, Blacklock's uncovered a deletion of roughly 100 years of statistical weather records by Environment and Climate Change Canada. The ministry told Blacklocks the removal of the records from 1850-1949 was necessary because researchers concluded that "there weren’t enough weather stations to create a reliable data set for that 100-year period."
Not enough weather stations so they have to scrap data is bold reasoning from a government actively removing weather stations in the north.
Or is the real issue the data itself?
Vancouver had a higher record temperature in 1910 (30.6C) than in 2017 (29.5C).
Toronto had a warmer summer in 1852 (32.2C) than in 2017 (31.7C).
The highest temperature in Moncton in 2017 was four degrees cooler than in 1906.
Brandon, Man., had 49 days where the average daily temperature was above 20C in 1936, compared to only 16 in 2017, with a high temperature of 43.3C that year compared to 34.3C in 2017.
Perhaps the data gathered there was a little too reliable to justify the Liberal agenda of carbon taxes and neto-zero everything.