Monday, December 09, 2013
The Unbearable Lightness of Leona Aglukkaq
Well as you know I'm not a big fan of Leona Aglukkaq.
I had high hopes that as an Inuk she might do a better job as Environment Minister that she did as Health Minister.
But she has disappointed me from the moment she got her new job,
And this doesn't help...
Not when she's at a conference in Russia celebrating a treaty to try to save our precious polar bears.
Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq has fired up a Twitter storm after posting a picture of a dead polar bear and downplaying scientific concern about threats to the survival of the iconic species.
And not after her comments just a couple of months ago.
Aglukkaq raised the eyebrows of scientists in October after downplaying evidence of global warming, and suggesting the species was in good shape because her brother was observing more polar bears in his northern community. “A lot of time, scientists latch on to the wildlife in the North, to state their case that climate change is happening and the polar bears will disappear and whatnot,” Aglukkaq told the Globe and Mail.
“But people on the ground will say the polar bear population is quite healthy. You know, in these regions, the population has increased, in fact. Why are you [saying it’s] decreasing? So the debate on that … My brother is a full-time hunter who will tell you polar bear populations have increased and scientists are wrong.”
When she seemed to forget that if more polar bears are visible in some regions, it's only because the ice upon which they depend is MELTING.
So needless to say I wasn't impressed to see her today, along with that other Con clown John Baird, preparing to claim the North Pole for Canadian oil and mining companies.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Monday that Canada will make a claim to the North Pole, but has not finished the science around its Arctic seabed claim. Baird and Leona Aglukkaq, who chairs the Arctic Council, made public Canada's claim to the extended continental shelf in the Arctic, in a press conference in the foyer of the House of Commons.
Without having after all these years gathered enough evidence to prove that the North Pole belongs to us.
And just a day after this alarming report was released.
A new study for the first time found links between the rapid loss of snow and sea ice cover in the Arctic and a recent spate of exceptional extreme heat events in North America, Europe, and Asia. The study adds to the evidence showing that the free-fall in summer sea ice extent and even sharper decline in spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere is reverberating throughout the atmosphere, making extreme events more likely to occur.
Which only makes me hope that her brother was right about the polar bears eh?
And leaves me with only one question:
Can we please get rid of those ghastly Con climate change deniers?
Before they look even MORE stupid, greedy, and dangerous.
And before they destroy the planet…
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