Thursday, May 02, 2019
Just Tell the Damned Truth
One of the most overlooked elements of the Extinction Rebellion is the demand for truth. They want government to tell the truth. Governments, ours very much included, tell a political truth that rarely rises above the level of obfuscation so common in Question Period answers. It's half-truths, outright lies, and relentless, non-stop distraction.
Justin Trudeau says his government "has done the science" on bitumen. The Royal Society of Canada and even his own Environment Canada say, no, the science hasn't been done. The message couldn't be more obvious - Trudeau lied as he's lied as far back as the 2015 election campaign. He's a liar. Yet his fan club still worship him as though he was our salvation.
Lies come in all sizes. Little white lies, that's part of life. We don't expect our politicians to be saints which is a good thing, in a way. However, when it turns to something genuinely existential, lies have a different significance. When you're in dire straits, lying about grave threats can be dangerous, sometimes nihilistic. Greenwash acquires a profound menace.
Petro-states are notoriously dishonest and, if they're going to mislead the public on anything, it's climate change that tops their liars' list. If they told us what we're really facing, the difficult future ahead, what it would take to cushion our landing, what that would cost and our options to cover the bill, that might unleash no end of inconvenient questions. That might make it hard to justify some of their favourite policies and practices.
Lies are so dangerous for us, why is the truth so dangerous to them?