Monday, December 15, 2014

Harper Exposed Once More



Those of us who follow politics closely and with a critical eye have long seen through the myth his handlers have perpetuated that Stephen Harper is a wise and reliable steward of the economy. Doubtless that gross mischaracterization will continue to be applied, and with greater frequency, as we move closer to next year's election. Happily, more and more people are recognizing the fallacious and fatuous nature of such claims.

In her column today, The Star's Carol Goar offers ample evidence that this emperor has no clothes by examining his 'crazy' approach to our economy and his obdurate refusal to take meaningful action against climate change:
It would be “crazy economic policy” to regulate greenhouse gases in the oil and gas sector with petroleum prices dropping, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Parliament last week. “We will not kill jobs and we will not impose the carbon tax the opposition wants to put on Canadians.”

About as crazy as putting all the nation’s eggs in one basket: Canada becoming a global “energy superpower.”

About as crazy as ignoring the boom-and-bust history of the oil and sector.

About as crazy as assuming people will allow pipelines to snake under their land, carrying bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to refineries in Texas and tankers on the Pacific coast.

About as crazy as forbidding federal scientists to say anything about climate change and threatening to revoke the charitable tax status of voluntary organizations that seek to protect the environment.

About as crazy as neglecting the price Canadians are already paying for climate change: power outages, damaged homes, spoiled food, lost productivity, higher insurance premiums, the cost of stocking up on everything from generators to non-perishable food.

About as crazy as pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent at a 2009 climate change conference in Copenhagen without any plan to limit the carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide spewed into the atmosphere by the oil and gas industry.
To complicate the web of lies regularly spun by the regime, Goar points out some other inconvenient truths:
Public opinion is shifting. More than half of Canadians expressed deep concern about climate change in a poll conducted by the Environics Institute in October. Three-quarters said they were worried about the legacy they were leaving for future generations.

The provincial premiers, tired of waiting for leadership from Ottawa, have hatched their own plan to build a low-carbon economy by putting a price on pollution, developing renewable energy and capping greenhouse gases.

The central pillar of Harper’s economic strategy — being an aggressive fossil fuel exporter — has crumbled in a world awash with petroleum. Investors are cancelling their commitments. Employment in the oil and gas sector is shrinking. Government revenues are dropping.
It is to be hoped that as we move into 2015, more and more Canadians will realize that on these and so many other fronts, Stephen Harper is clearly yesterday's man.

6 comments:

  1. Verily I say unto Thee my God, that my Canadian brothers and sisters - especially thine western Canadian variety - that they fall upon their knees and pray with the Harperites, Jesus and Santa Claus that the price of Western Canadian Select reach beyond one hundred dollars a barrel, towards the celestial heavens, before the next federal election. God is depending upon you. Amen.

    Oh yeah, and I almost forgot. Hallelujah. And may the Harperites reign for ever and ever.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3TUWU_yg4s

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    1. Many thanks for both the exhortatory religious sentiments and the video link, Anon. One of my favorites!

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  2. All I want for Christmas is a pitchfork and a torch

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    1. Make that two, Mound, and i'll join yoiu in some devilment.

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  3. Perhaps he will be tarred and feathered with his own bitumen, Lorne.

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    1. That, Owen, is an image I can entertain with great pleasure.

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