I haven't heard the NDP's shining star, Rachel Notley, say they're wrong. I haven't heard Trudeau the Lesser or Tommy Angry Beard say they're wrong. I certainly haven't heard those premiers scheming behind closed doors to expedite the production, transportation and export of Athabasca tar sand by, among other things, sweeping aside regulatory protections, say they're wrong either, not one of them.
I find it goddamned curious that not one of the mainstream party leaders, not one of our premiers disputes the warning of the scientific community that, globally, at least 80 per cent of known fossil fuels and, in particular, 100% of high-carbon fossil fuels must be left in the ground if mankind is to have a snowball's chance of remaining within the highly optimistic 2 degree Celsius target for global warming and thereby (with a lot of luck) avoid truly catastrophic, potentially existential climate change.
This is cognitive dissonance at the very highest levels of Canadian political leadership. They're not even going to try to deny the warning of the scientific community. They're simply going to ignore it.
I know it's going to irk you true believers but it's there in front of your eyes. The Conservatives, the Liberals and the New Democrats are all on the same page when it comes to bitumen trafficking. You like to pretend - no, you probably need to pretend - that your team is really different, better - yet on the most fundamental issue of our day, of the entire history of mankind, they're not.
I've had it up to the tits with your endless blathering about "strategic voting." Libs and Dems have to cooperate on a riding by riding basis, yada, yada, yada. Some of you have even suggested that the Greens need to stand down for the good of the country, sit this one out and wait for future elections. You people have been on the crack pipe way too long. You see, to me "strategic voting" means getting every vote I possibly can, whether it's favouring the Cons, the Libs or the Dippers, to go Green. Why ? Because that's what "for the good of the country" really means.
Then again maybe you don't care about the science all that much either when it comes to the electoral fortunes of your favourite flavour of Petro-Pol. Just don't delude yourself that you can support the petro-state, in any political permutation, at this critical moment for mankind and still claim to be progressive.