Saturday, 23 July 2011

Climate Change Threatens to Spoil Ontario’s Signature Wines

Globe & Mail Jul 23-11
Ontario’s wine makers are fighting to protect their grapes against Mother Nature’s wrath. Details here.

"PLT" Takes a Former Ambassador to Task for Bullshit Comments on the Keystone XL Pipeline



PLT: Below is an email I sent to "The House" this morning. It followed a very disturbing interview this CBC Radio show did with two former Ambassadors. One, Derek Burney (former Canadian ambassador to the US), dismissed opponents of the climate-killing project, the XL pipeline, as "highly emotional!"
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Dear Ms. Elliott, (Host)
Derek Burney's argument that opposition to the tar sands pipeline in to the US is spurred by "violent emotion" is outrageous. Sadly,  it reveals that he is nothing more than another cheerleader for dirty energy, with dollar signs where his heart should be. 
Another climate crook.
Where's the violence, Mr. Burney? 
Where's the emotion? I haven't heard of any environmentalists blowing anything up to support their case. Has he? Is it emotion that the Alberta tar sands are huge emitters of greenhouse gases which are feeding catastrophic climate change? It seems to me there is mounting science - not emotion - behind this conclusion. Is it emotion that the tar which will travel through this misguided project is very corrosive and needs to be forced under heat and pressure, increasing the risk of spills? Tell me I'm wrong, Mr. Burney. Unless you do, you have nothing more to tell me, or anyone else for that matter!
Larry Powell,
Roblin, Manitoba
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Footnote: According to Wikipedia, Burney is also a Director of TransCanada Pipelines Limited, proposed builders of the pipeline. Gee, what a surprise for him to be taking the position he is taking! No vested interest there! 
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Please read the happy ending to this tale of woe here.