Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Day of Decision
Well the day of decision is finally here. The day Stephen Harper must decide whether to approve the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
And no doubt he is psyching himself up in his bunker, by among other things reminding himself that David Suzuki was on that list of Canadian heroes I wrote about yesterday.
And he isn't.
But of course it won't be an easy decision, because there are no easy political options.
The federal government must announce a decision on whether to allow Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline to proceed by the end of day Tuesday, and all three possible options have big political price tags attached to them.
The first option would be to reject the pipeline, but that isn't going to happen for obvious reasons...
Rejecting Northern Gateway at this stage would signal an inconceivable break with Conservative policy. It would cut the feet out from under the oil industry and enrage the party base in Alberta.
And although he would dearly like to give the pipeline his oily seal of approval, that probably isn't going to happen either. Because he does have an early election to think about and winning is EVERYTHING.
Next on the options list would be to accept the NEB's recommendations and allow the pipeline to proceed, which would keep the Conservative base and the oil industry happy, but fuel a raging political fire in B.C.
So my guess is that he will opt to delay the pipeline to try to make himself look reasonable. Even if that will make him look like a hypocrite.
After demanding for years that U.S. President Barack Obama quit delaying and make a decision on Keystone XL, the irony of Harper delaying a decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline would be hard for his critics to overlook.
Or just RIDICULOUS...
But I say I guess that's what he will do, because with an oil pimp like Harper one never knows. Especially since his propaganda machine is still pumping out the most absurd nonsense.
Like the latest parliamentary report that claims that fossil fuels are good for humanity.
A new parliamentary report released by the Conservatives touts fossil fuels as a way to improve air and water quality and expand human lifespans.
"Canada’s carbon fuel abundance is an economic and environmental blessing..."As a direct result, every indicator of human well-being (from life expectancy, income per capita, hunger, and infant mortality to child labour and education) improved dramatically as soon as the use of carbon fuels became widespread."
Even though, like everything the Harper government says, that too is a Big Lie. Fossil fuels are bad for the planet, bad for human health.
Public-health experts say the effects of climate change – from poor air quality to severe weather events to new vector-born diseases – are harming Canadians’ health.
Bad for the economy.
While Prime Minister Stephen Harper stands firm in protecting jobs ahead of reducing emissions, the health-related costs of climate change are significant. In 2008, poor air quality alone, including from oil and gas production, cost Canada about $8-billion, according to a report by the Canadian Medical Association. By 2031, those costs are expected to rise to $250-billion, the CMA said.
And this was the view from my hammock today of the city of Toronto...
Concealed from view by a blanket of smog.
So yes, on this day of decision, as the people of BC mobilize to meet the threat.
I just want them to know that I support them one hundred percent.
It is time to do something about climate change. It is time to protect human health and the future of the planet.
And the best way to do all of that AND save our country.
Is to remove this ghastly oil pimp from office as soon as is humanly possible...
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