...during Harper's mini-throne speech? Something that caught my eye in today's Calgary Herald editorial (which is mostly a sigh of relief that Harper has indicated he won't make any real attempts to reign in the Tar Sands out-of-control development):
"Significantly, [Harper] referred to the IPCC's 'projections' rather than its predictions. His choice of wording may well signal an enduring skepticism of the IPCC's gloomy scenario."
What is the difference between a projection and a prediction? Here's one brief definition from a website on Health System Dynamics:
...prediction states a condition of reality at some future point in time while projection states a possible condition of reality at some future point in time based on a set of assumptions. If the assumptions are correct, then the projection will be accurate, otherwise not.
In other words, calling the IPCC's conclusions "projections" rather than "predictions" leaves open the question as to whether the IPCC's "assumptions" (the reality of the GW? its ill-effects?) are correct.
So: coded messages to the true believers indicating that, deep down, Harper still thinks its all bullshit? Maybe the leopard really can't change its spots.