Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Greenwashing the House of Commons

If you want to gauge the sincerity of our political parties' plans to tackle climate change, a good starting point would be to see if they're turning it into a political football in time for the October federal elections.

Guess what? They are.

They're all in a tussle to set each other up - Trudeau, Singh and, eventually, Scheer.  Not one of them will present a coherent plan to cut Canada's greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030. That's because it would mean a wholesale change in our environmental and energy policy, what Hans Joachim Schellnhuber termed the "induced implosion" of the fossil energy industry.


John B. said...

What was it that someone once said?

“The election is not a time to discuss serious issues.”

But if not then, then when?

That’s too easy. As always, that was yesterday.

We’re always receptive to a good greenwashing. The libertarians won’t have to stop until we run out of people who like it that way.

Tue, May 14, 2019

“Join us Saturday May 18th as we take our message on the need for a Green New Deal to the residents of … .

“Join us … for … an informative briefing about [our] plans for energy retrofitting every home in Canada by the year 2050 followed by a brief canvass.”

I’ve been told informally not to come if I’m going to continue blabbering about the Tidal Basin Project. Something about being underwater that didn’t occur to me as it should have thirty years ago.

Northern PoV said...

Our contemporary elections are the equivalent rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. ....
But the view!