Letters to the Editor

Canada not green

The Canadian government has been downgraded once again by an international study by the Bertlesmann Foundation of Germany.

Canada slipped to 20th of 41 countries generally and 38th out of 41 countries in terms of safeguarding the environment.

The main culprit:  The Conservative government, they say, has weakened environmental laws, streamlined energy projects and has disregarded  “evidence-based decision making.”

In another analysis, by the Carbon Tracker Initiative, $1 trillion in investor money has been stranded by being invested worldwide in fossil fuel projects that will never show a profit  in a carbon constrained world. Among these projects is the Alberta tar sands, much vaunted and promoted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government. This is one of the dirtiest fossil fuel projects in the world along with fracking and coal burning.

The objection to “evidence based decision making,” obviously refers to Harper basing his decisions on  his own ideology as opposed to decisions based on hard evidence such as the unprecedented concurrence of scientific knowledge regarding climate change.

Stan Gauthier


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Clark on climate, clawbacks, credit cards
Village Voices add holiday cheer at Qualicum Foods
Hunters protest shift favouring non-residents
Virk shuffled to new job after Kwantlen flap
Burnaby Hospital sees major improvement in C. difficile rates
Lava slows but still on track to hit Hawaii market
I spy with my little eye, a plethora of people
Editorial cartoon, Dec. 18
Editorial cartoon, Dec. 16

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 16 edition online now. Browse the archives.