Climate change denialism is a hallmark of a rightwing mind. Cognitive dissonance is no excuse. Neither is hypocrisy. If your actions are consistent with climate change denialism, fanciful talk to the contrary is irrelevant. You're in the camp of the rightwing.
This goes for Justin Trudeau and his Liberal caucus and, like it or not, to the Liberal rank and file. Your party is effectively an agent of climate change denialism just like the crew before it was.
For all the sunny rhetoric surrounding the Paris agreement and a new Canadian climate plan, our federal government is still pretending dirty fossil fuels have a future in a world where we meet our climate goals. They push for LNG terminals and tar sands pipelines as if these projects won’t propel us to a climate disaster.
Scientists tell us we must abandon fossil fuels as fast as possible to have any hope for a safe climate. Building new fossil fuel infrastructure in a climate crisis is like digging the hole we’re in – even deeper.
Our leaders perform verbal acrobatics to justify the continued expansion of the tar sands and the creation of a brand new polluting LNG industry. They fall over themselves to promote pipelines while paying lip service to renewable energy. At least the last government was unapologetic about its vision for a fossil fuel future.
Harper never disguised his admiration for the Republican Party and he sought to recast the Conservative Party in its image. Trudeau hasn't said as much but he plainly wants the Liberal Party to emulate today's Democrats. The problem with that, as Noam Chomsky points out, is that today's Democratic mainstream is, at best, moderate conservative.
Sound familiar? Liberals need to understand that their party's progressive era, the years of St. Laurent, Pearson and Pierre Trudeau, are over, finito. That courageous vision no longer resides within the Liberal Party. The ghost of Ignatieff lives on in Justin Trudeau. It's all neoliberalism now.