Dr. Burton believes that although there are climate skeptics now, they will come around and the necessary change to reduce greenhouse emissions will happen -- likely in something like 50 years. The problem with this scenario is that many irreversible impacts of climate change will have already occurred.
A favourite coping mechanism is to think that this climate change thing is something distant. What happened in 2011, however, takes away that "something distant" excuse. Whether it was about Quebec's flooding in the spring, or warm winter weather, we've had record-breaking wacky weather from coast to coast all year.
One of the most touching pieces of testimony at the UN Watch conference was a letter smuggled out of Iran's notorious Evin Prison. I have put this letter into the record of the Senate as a show of solidarity with the author, a brave ayatollah whose only crime was to advocate for the separation of religion and government.