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 love 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 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.”
I could go on. But, you get the idea.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May was called unfit to be Canadian, a “b….” and worse, because she simply cited the best science available when asked about that connection. She was doing what any MP worth her salt should do. She "spoke truth to power," and paid the price for it. We need more like her.
Yet those who would barge ahead with business as usual, ignoring the science, surely sentencing these poor people to still more "Beasts" down the road, are somehow their true friends?
The following is Bertnack's response:
Then, my own response, again.
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