Stephen Harper's environment minister casts doubt on climate change - 2013-10-08
When asked whether the ice was melting in the Arctic, considered by climate scientists to be part of the evidence of global warming, Aglukkaq said there may or may not be changes underway.
"There was a report that came out yesterday, I have not received a copy of that but there's always a debate around science and what's changing," Aglukkaq told the host, Don Martin, in the interview which aired on Wednesday. "But I think what's really important during our chairmanship that I want to bring forward to the international Arctic council regions is that Arctic people, people that live in the Arctic become experts and are engaged in that… Because we live in that environment every day. We are seeing the changes every day or no changes – what have you – and we have valuable information to contribute to research."
Climate change contrarians have seized upon recent data showing Arctic summer sea ice was higher in 2013 than a record-breaking low reported in 2012, describing this as evidence that global cooling is underway even though the data has confirmed a steady decline in the ice cover over the past few decades.