One Week After Killing Bill C311, the Harper Government Kills Funding For Canadian Climate Research
We’re heading into the greatest crisis that humanity has ever faced, and the HarperCons who are guiding Canadians off the cliff into climate chaos have stayed true to form; they have ended funding for the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences. This follows news earlier this week that the government leased the coast guard breaker CCGS Amundsen – Canada’s most advanced research ship for the study of climate change – to none other than BP and Imperial Oil so they could study the impact of drilling in the delicate Arctic ecosystem.
It appears that the Harper government is heading into UN Climate talks in Cancun next week with their heads firmly stuck in the tar sands. This government’s regressive stand on climate change goes against a group of the world’s largest investors, including major investors like Allianz and HSBC, who have issued a call to governments asking them to take action in Cancun or face a potential economic recession more severe than the recent financial crisis. Our current federal government’s refusal to recognize and take action on climate change means Canadians are stuck in the tar sands with them, unless and until we give them the message loud and clear that we want a government that represents Canadians, not Big Oil.
Fellow Climate Hawk Cheryl McNamara summed it up this way in a letter to Senator Patterson, one of the Conservative Senators who voted against Bill C311:
This government seems stuck in the 20th century in its vision and understanding. It seems to me that the word ‘transition’ is not in the Conservative vocabulary. I suggest you start working it into sentences. Ask your colleagues to do the same. It’s an important word for the 21st century.
All together now, folks, “regime change, not climate change”. Now get on the phone, pick up a pen, or (if you must) send an email to your MP, any or all Conservative Senators, Prime Minister Harper and his erstwhile Minister of the “Environment” John Baird (excuse me while I choke on my tea).