Sunday, July 16, 2006

 

Up to our eyeballs in Owls

An Inconvenient Truth and The Weather Makers. Two recent releases that you make you question how you are consuming on this earth and what can be done to curb global warming and climate change.

Al Gore, spare some of the sappy political stories, is actually quite good at deconstructing a fairly complex issue. Al Gore has come along way since he opponents used to brand him "radical."

In the 1992 campaign against Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush mocked Gore as “ozone man” and claimed:

“This guy is so far out in the environmental extreme we’ll be up to our necks in owls and outta work for every American.”

In the 2000 campaign, George W. Bush cracked that Gore “likes electric cars. He just doesn’t like making electricity.” The younger Bush, a classic schoolyard bully with a contempt for intellect, demanded that Gore “explain what he meant by some of the things” in his 1992 book, “Earth in the Balance”—and then unashamedly admitted that he had never read it.

W, however, was a fan of the pulp science-fiction novel: “State of Fear,” by Michael Crichton (of Congo and Jurassic Park fame). Bush was so excited by the story, which pictures global warming as a hoax perpetrated by power-mad environmentalists, that he invited the author to the Oval Office.

One of the most encouraging signs coming from the movie was that, although the United States - along with Australia - refuses to sign the Kyoto Accord, many states and cities (coincidently with heavy concentrations of Democratic leadership) are endorsing the Accord. This is good news for Canadians. Provincial and municipal governments should start to get involved more in these issues and take the lead. The Conservative government clearly shows no signs of knowing their ass from their elbow on environmental issues. All tax credits, all the time is not a strategy.

The other encouraging thing is we can view the environment and the economy as partners not adversaries. We need to step past the rhetoric of "we can't afford it."

Here is hoping the G8 leaders spend some time on this important issue this week.

Comments:
I know! Let's follow the tried & true leftie environmental model!!

1- Talk big but do nothing except give taxpayer money to your friends for feel-good but useless programs like the One Ton Challenge.

2- Sign up to Kyoto and promise to throw more taxpayer money away.

3- Act outraged when anyone dares to question why nothing is being done.

4- Act even more outraged when a new Conservative government doesn't see the "wisdom" in giving taxpayer money to foreign nations.

5- Act ultimately outraged when new Conservative government doesn't "solve" climate change (a naturally occurring phenomenon) overnight.

Kyoto had nothing to do with protecting the environment and everything to do with picking our pockets. Maybe you think that's a good idea. I don't.

Instead of shipping our taxpayer dollars offshore to purchase "credits" why not invest in R&D and develop clean & sustainable energy technology? Doesn't that make more sense than shipping money to Russia with love?
 
-Clean water (Halifax, Victoria, Montreal dumping sewage into large bodies of water)
-Clean air (address real pollutants like NOx & SOx and the various other pollutants that lead to smog)
-Clean soil (various brown site throughout Canada)

Address these real issues then once they are under control I suppose you could take another look at the least harmful "pollutant" CO2.

My guess is we will see a CPC platform that addresses the above real pollutants while they just give lip service to CO2 & Kyoto.
 
Clean water, clean air, clean soil!!

That's environmental policy I can get behind!! Go get 'em, Rona!!
 
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