Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pollution/Environment: Harper & Co. Talking The Talk ...

... but still not walking the walk. Nothing new here, eh?

Well folks - here's one more note added in proof (emphasis added):


Canada oil sands: Pollution monitoring is censured

A scientific panel has found Canada has "no system" for monitoring how Alberta's oil sands projects may be polluting local waterways.

Academic reports found that extraction plants were sending toxins such as mercury and lead into the water.

The western Canada oil sands are the largest source of crude outside Saudi Arabia.

The region is the largest single source of US oil imports, and produces over 1 million barrels a day.

Opponents say the process of extracting oil from the sands produces huge amounts of greenhouse gases and chemical waste.

The Oil Sands Advisory Panel was commissioned by former environment minister Jim Prentice in response to critisicm about water monitoring.

"Until this situation is fixed there will continue to be uncertainty and public distrust in the environmental performace of the oilsands industry and government oversight," the report concluded.

At a recent news conference, current environment minister John Baird promised to act on the panel's recommendations.

"For far too long we have heard concerns about the quality of water downstream from the oil sands," he said.

"We have hear the panel loud and clear and are ready to act."
And I say to (re)current Environment Minister John Baird: bullocks!

I'll believe it only when I'll be seeing it, bucko.

After all, remember this from your bullshitting Prime Douchebag of some three years ago?
"Canada won't meet its Kyoto targets to lower greenhouse gas emissions, but can be a world leader in battling climate change."
And what magnificent leadership we have provided so far (and even recently), eh
?

Hence, I proclaim that "for too long we have heard your bullshit with regards to fighting climate change" - or, in other words: "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me; and fool me thrice ...?"

Case in point (only but a very small sample, by the way):

Environment Minister Rona Ambrose, four years ago, on the Clean Air Act. “After more than a decade of inaction on the environment by the previous government, Canada’s Clean Air Act is the first step in turning things around to protect the health of Canadians.”

Environment Minister John Baird, three years ago, on the Bali climate talks. “With the United States now signed on to this framework the results of this conference show progress and we see that as an important first step.”

Environment Minister Jim Prentice, last February, on the submission of Canada’s emission targets to the Copenhagen accord. “We took our first step down that road on Sunday, January 31, 2010.”

Environment Minister John Baird, this weekend, on the Cancun accord. “This represents the first step to a single, new legally binding agreement … A first step.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, last week, on the Copenhagen accord. “Mr. Speaker, the Copenhagen accord was only a first step.”

When always stuck at "first step", you go nowhere fast - eh?

Follow the (non)Leaders, indeed ...

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