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Friday, January 25, 2008
Sceptical people still need to be persuaded
The headline on the B.C. government's big news release today reads, "B.C. TO FUND WORLD-LEADING CLIMATE RESEARCH." But read the release, and it becomes clear that the $94.5 million "Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions" isn't just about climate-change science. Instead, the centre is also slated to be a public-relations hub, "to find ways to educate and encourage greener lifestyles."
Oh, did I just say "public relations"? Sorry, I meant to say, "propaganda."
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Greener lifestyles are a good idea whether you believe global warming is real or not.
Posted by: BillBC | 2008-01-25 5:10:15 PM
Anything I do that may be construed as being green is to save me money, not to save the planet. That will be up to China and India at this point. The USA is already using it's technology to reduce it's pollution. Carbon dioxide is not pollution by the way. Canada doesn't to enough polluting to be concerned about.
The more my government spends of my tax money to try to readjust my thinking, the less I am inclined to cooperate.
I don't like the nanny state.
You can bet the majority of that money will be spent funneling money to government friends and for job creation as reward for ass-kissing well done.
Posted by: John West | 2008-01-25 5:19:01 PM
While I agree with you in principle for any number of reasons ... your comment is irrelevant.
Why should the rest of us pay for propoganda (read LIES)? That is the thrust of the post.
Please stay on topic rather than lecturing us lesser mortals on what you believe are our moral failings.
Either you buy into the anthropogenic global warming argument or you do not.
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-01-25 5:21:59 PM
Gordo has long ago discovered the political marketability of the snake oil of feel-good environmentalism. He was likely inspired by the financial success of Gore. It makes for a great distraction from the microscopic difference between the BC Liberals and the "disastrous socialist, union-lackey, bureaucrat-controlled" NDP.
Posted by: John Chittick | 2008-01-25 6:40:21 PM
Well, John, instead of peddling sweetheart deals to the unions, El Gordo took them head on, even though they had a huge bargaining chip in the form of labour peace for the Olympics, and while they're not broken per se, they received quite a humbling when they were dragged into a courtroom and fined for an illegal strike. They've kept a decidedly low profile since.
El Gordo has also managed to avoid getting any property expropriated as a result of the pathological need to kick sand in the Americans' faces, unlike a certain socialist premier who is now working for B.C.'s biggest capitalist.
The welfare rolls have been trimmed substantially and while government can't take sole credit for a good economy, good government policy can certainly help. Compare this to Clark's "eat the rich" attitude towards the very people who generate the wealth that socialist dogma is inextricably addicted to.
I agree that El Gordo probably doesn't take have of this enviro-junk seriously, but he realizes the people have been hypnotized by all the rhetoric, and until cold sanity returns in another decade or so, he's just going to have to ride the bucking bronco in. That's astute politics.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-01-26 11:46:23 AM
I guess the smoking and obesity thing is wearing thin.Time to saddle up a fresh horse to ride in the nanny state.
Posted by: peterj | 2008-01-26 5:15:20 PM
"Greener lifestyles are a good idea whether you believe global warming is real or not."
Really? Actually it doesn't matter a whit what I beleive, it only matters what's true, and the truth is that anyone who claims to be "green" and doesn't have a zero "carbon footprint" is a hypocrite full of shit (no carbon credits allowed). So all those claim to be "green" out there should go and live naked in the forest and stop pestering the rest of us with their incesant drivel.
Posted by: x2para | 2008-01-26 7:29:01 PM
Well said John West, I feel the same way. B.C. has gone a long way down since the days of their best Premier: Mr. Vandersalm (incorectly spelled I think).
Posted by: jema54j | 2008-01-27 12:25:17 PM
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