Yet our new Premier, Brian Pallister has just announced a new cabinet, without a Minister of the Environment! This surely places him in one of the categories I have just mentioned above.
While I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt, let's face it, this is no "oversight." And it’s hard to view it as anything but the act of an utterly contemptuous climate denier.
One of Pallister's new Ministers, now my own MLA, made it clear at a forum with two other candidates before the election, that she was not that familiar with climate science or the Energy East pipeline. That’s a plan for a massive new project that would use an aging pipeline which already crosses Manitoba, to deliver highly corrosive and polluting Alberta tar instead of the natural gas it now carries.
But the other two candidates didn’t even think the science was settled yet. While one did express the need for greener energy, the other actually called a carbon tax, already used successfully in some jurisdictions to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gases, “the work of the Devil.”
Religion is never far away from political discourse, especially in these parts. Each of the three made it clear their "thoughts and prayers" were with the family of a little boy, missing from a rural residence to the south at the time. One even thought a "Biblical miracle"might intervene. Sadly, his body was recovered a short time later.
If the Biblical prophets had been as accurate in predicting disasters like Fort McMurray as our modern climate scientists have been, they might have won a Nobel prize, too! But somehow, I don’t think their warnings of dragons spewing floods from their mouths, walking sticks turning into serpents, or Jesus riding a horse out of the clouds, would (or should) stand the test of rigorous scientific analysis. Do you?
I could go on. But, you get the idea.