Thursday, January 25, 2007

Harper and Co. Emission Consulting, Inc.

Poll by Leger Marketing, Released Jan. 24, 2007

± 3.1%, 19 times out of 20

Conservatives: 35%
Liberals: 32%
NDP: 13%
Greens: 9%

Yesterday, the Canadian Press (CP) conducted an interview with Stephen Harper on the issue of regulating emissions. Here are a few quotes from Harper,
"The government does intend to regulate emissions across all sectors including the automobile sector,''

"(But) we have to consult the industry and ultimately come up with targets that make progress on the environment while being achievable for industry in a way that doesn't jeopardize Canadian jobs,'' This is one of my problems with the Conservatives and the Liberals: so many "consultations".
Maybe it's just the way the government has to work, but with all of the consulting happening in Ottawa, it takes 1 year just for something to really happen. And with the constant elections happening lately, and all the 1-year consultations, it is surprising anything is happening.

Harper said he is considering imposing targets on industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

"We're looking at that,'' he said.

Oh, that's great to know. Our new-old government is looking into imposing targets on industry emissions. Is there any reason to not do that?

But Harper doesn't really care about being lowering the consumption of oil, as Canada is looking into being an energy superpower (with Harper in, it defiantly won't be green power), he said,
"President Bush's speech . . . when he talked about these things was really talking about it in the context primarily of energy security and the United States shortage of energy and their dependence on foreign supplies of energy,''

"That's not a problem here. Canada is an emerging world energy superpower. We have an abundance of all forms of energy. We're an exporter of virtually all forms of energy.''
Okay, we are not heavily relying on foreign oil, but that doesn't mean we should just keep using more and more. It may seem like I'm taking this out of context, I can't see much of a reason to bring up being an energy superpower in an emission-targets interview. While If you buy a house filled with explosives, it doesn't mean you use them. If anyone didn't think he had too many friends in Calgary oil business, this should change that view.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree that the government does too much consulting. I wish either Harper would stop lying to the people that he is/will do something and do nothing, or actually do something for society.