Canada’s environmental agenda is on the verge of collapse

Posted: April 10, 2018 by oldbrew in climate, Politics, propaganda

Canadian rail route

All pain for no obvious gain is a hard sell for climate-obsessed politicians. The Canadian public seems to be suffering from propaganda overload.

There is no issue dividing us more than the environment, says Canada’s Globe and Mail.

The debate around climate change has, at times, devolved into one big shouting match. And, today it’s louder than it’s ever been.

Most people believe human-caused climate change is real, but far fewer agree on how to fix the problem. A new poll says a majority of Canadians favour setting emissions targets but aren’t sure carbon taxes are the way to reach these goals.

Meantime, hypocrisy abounds.

Albertan’s oil industry gets singled out in the climate debate, yet there is nary a word about car makers in Ontario and jet manufacturers in Quebec. There are no protesters threatening to close the Ford plant in Oakville or Bombardier’s aerospace facilities in Dorval. They seem to get a free pass when it comes to environmentalists’ focus on industries producing significant greenhouse gas emissions.

The discussion around climate has been bogged down in recriminations and counter recriminations. The average Canadian doesn’t know who to believe or what to think.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, for instance, says the province is reducing emissions without a carbon tax. But a recent provincial report said emissions in Saskatchewan are projected to be 55 per cent higher by 2030 than 1990 levels. That sounds bad. But it also said emissions will drop by 11 per cent between 2017 and 2030.

How does anyone make sense of that? Naturally, politicians are going to twist those figures in such a way that best suits their political ends. Mr. Moe uses the numbers he wants to fight a national carbon tax. Since no one likes paying more tax, the people of Saskatchewan are lining up behind him. (As they did with Brad Wall previously). In the process, they become more entrenched in their opposition to the federal government’s plan to bring down emissions.

Precisely the same thing is happening in Alberta, where people there feel they have received nothing in exchange for the significant environmental measures the NDP government brought in. Consequently, the enmity there toward Ottawa’s climate-change measures grows fiercer by the day.

Continued here.

  1. stpaulchuck says:

    fighting a non existent threat from returning to benign temperatures that existed before the Little Ice Age and requiring gobs of tax money and more and more power over our lives (pardon the pun) to do it.

    This shibboleth of Man killing Mother Gaia is now and always has been nothing more than a grab for power. I give you UN Agenda 21. QED.

  2. Phoenix44 says:

    I think it is fair to say that the lies of so many politicians are catching up with them. The big problem is not the silly claims about impending doom but the refusal to admit that “going Green” would be very expensive.

    When people start to see £100s of their bills, they start to understand what is happening.

  3. oldbrew says:

    The discussion around climate has been bogged down in recriminations and counter recriminations. The average Canadian doesn’t know who to believe or what to think.

    Don’t believe supposed climate techno-fixes are going to do anything worth paying billions for.

  4. Bitter@twisted says:

    The sooner Canadians vote out that moronic virtue-signaller, Trudeau, the better.

  5. oldbrew says:

    NP report: Failure to push through Trans Mountain could be the end for Trudeau

    The refusal of the B.C. government to recognize the legal approval process means this test is about much more than a pipeline

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    How people living in the frozen north can be afraid of 2 C warming is just beyond me.

    Is there something put in the water? /sarc;

    FWIW, after “doing the math” on my electric stove cost vs fuels: I’m now doing most of my cooking on my camp stoves. Three different fuels are cheaper and 2 more might be!

    Methanol and gasoline are clearly cheaper. Kerosene too in larger cans. Charcoal looks to be (if burn time is controlled) while propane also wins but not as much as gasoline unless larger tanks are bought.

    In the name of reducing CO2 emissions, California has me using petrolium products instead of electricity. Go figure.

    OTOH, it is more fun to play with fire, and I’ve now got my various camping gear cleaned up…

    I’ve also found I really like the speed of the propane stove and the counter top convenience of my methanol spirit burner for running the kettle. No need to tend the kitchen, just pour when it whistles right there on the counter in front of you…

    Welcome to the future… just like the 1800s but the stoves are more cool…

  7. Gamecock says:

    ‘Most people believe human-caused climate change is real’

    What kind of measure is “most people believe?” Most people includes people who believed the Mayan Apocalypse. And people who believe in witches.

    Is this how science is to be decided? By popular vote by the unwashed masses with a simple majority setting what is real and true?

  8. oldbrew says:

    ‘Most people believe human-caused climate change is real’

    But when they’re asked to list their concerns, climate usually comes last. Maybe ‘most people’ are too sensible to be taken in by endless scare stories that never turn out to be true.

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