Monday, October 16, 2006

Just Big Hair and Lipstick?

Environment Minister Rona Ambrose has done her best over the past eight months to keep a low profile. Oh, she's mumbled a lot of vague assurances that she's doing something about the environment, alluded to a basket of initiatives she's got in the works and muttered about lengthy consultations to come over the next year. Nora's even been heard to acknowledge the link between greenhouse gases and global warming. What she hasn't shown us is whether any of this really matters to her or to her boss, Little Stevie.

We know that Stevie doesn't like Kyoto, that he badmouths it a lot and never passes up an opportunity to misrepresent what it's all about. We know that Stevie and his environmental underling, that little hottie, like the notion of deflecting the global warming issue by diverting attention to their smog initiative. We know they also hype the ideas of voluntary compliance and 'intensity-based' regulation.

Still, it's anything but easy to put a finger on just exactly what Ms. Ambrose has been doing since she was appointed. I suppose like all new ministers Mona's spent the necessary time getting briefed by all the experts and top dogs in her ministry. I mean, they all do that, right? Maybe not.

According to a story in today's Hill Times, Ms. Ambrose hasn't bothered to get a briefing from her department on the science of climate change. HT spoke with an unnamed official of her department who said Ronnie hadn't been briefed by here ministry's scientists who specialize in this area, adding, "It's shocking, isn't it?"

Schocking? Not really. It's only shocking if you didn't notice the 800-pound gorilla in the room, the great Athabaska Tar Sands. Rampaging tar sands development and greenhouse gas concerns don't really fit too well. I mean, how can you make any serious effort to curb emissions of greenhouse gases and ignore the tar sands problem? Wait - okay, I get it. Now I understand why she has ducked those briefings.


EX-NDIP said...

That was Dionne . . . wasn't it??? (big hair and lipstick)

Kyoto is dumb, Kyoto is not science, Kyoto is about wealth transfer.
Are you willing to terminate your job to save the planet???
Are you willing to turn in your car to save the planet???
In the last 100 years the earth has warmed .7 degree C. That is real cause for concern isn't it???
Do you really believe that if every Canadian stopped driving, turned off the heat at home and sat in the cold and dark for a year . . . that the temperature of the earth would change 1/1000 of a degree?

GW and Polar Bears...
Biologist Dr. Mitchell Taylor
from the Arctic government of Nunavut, a territory of Canada, said recently:
“Of the 13 populations of polar bears in Canada, 11 are stable or increasing in number. They are not going extinct, or even
appear to be affected at present.”
Arctic, temperatures were warmer in the 1930’s than today.
The “Hockey Stick” temperature graph was supported by most climate scientists despite the fact
that the National Academy of Sciences and many independent experts have made it clear that the Hockey Stick’s claim that the 1990’s was the hottest decade of the last 1000 years was unsupportable.

Here is a quote from the February 24, 1895 edition of the New York Times reporting on fears of an approaching ice age: "Geologists Think the World May be Frozen Up Again." But on March 27, 1933, the New York Times reported: "America in Longest Warm Spell Since 1776; Temperature Line Records a 25-year Rise" Then in 1952, the New York Times was back on the global warming bandwagon declaring that the "trump card" of global warming "has been the melting glaciers." And a 1975 New York Times headline trumpeting fear of a coming ice age read: "Climate Changes Endanger World's Food Output."

The Mound of Sound said...

Hi Ex. Kyoto isn't dumb but I can't say the same for you. Something is overheating and I think it's between your ears. Educate yourself, the factual information isn't hard to find. You're plainly in the denial camp. There's no getting through to you anyway.