Information streams in Canada have been polluted by science-denying misinformation for years now, but apparently Harper thinks more toxins need to be added to an already murky corporate mix.
How to accomplish such a soul-destroying task? Simple. Eliminate the source. Cut off the source of science before the information reaches the information streams and “pollutes” his ambition to keep foreign investors happy and tar sands anarchy unregulated.
First, and under the guise of austerity, Harper muzzled and then fired federal scientists. The impacts to the scientists and their families are devastating, as are the continuing impacts to Canada’s environmental and economical stewardship.
Now, in what the international community sees as beyond credulity, Harper has extended his reach even closer to the source. The world renown Experimental Lakes Area, located near Kenora ON is now on the chopping block.
This singularly important freshwater research facility has led to evidence-based shifts on acid rain policy; to improvements in hydro dam building; to a ban on phosphorus in detergents; to advancements in the battle against green algae, and to improved understanding of the value in cutting mercury emissions. Additionally, E.L.A has provided a base for 745 peer-reviewed scientific articles.
The government’s known disdain for peer-reviewed scientific articles on
Anthropogenic Global Warming is now matched by its disdain for research generated from the ELA. Any evidence that might make resource extraction sustainable for both humans and the economy, is now being effectively suppressed.
In a similar move, also under the guise of “austerity”, the government is gutting the scientific capacity of Parks Canada. The reduction of scientists and tech staff at National Parks will impede any serious attempts to develop natural resources in a sustainable fashion. Already endangered species like caribou, salmon, and rare plants will be impacted further, as will human communities that are currently being poisoned by environmental “externalities” inherent in poorly regulated resource extraction industries.
Soon, if not already, the government’s sole trusted advisor on environmental issues will be Environment Minister Peter Kent (whose prestigious scientific “qualifications” are limited to his background as a news broadcaster). The already polluted information streams will continue to shout Harper’s “unified” message, and Canada’s reputation as an international leader in accelerating environmental catastrophes will be firmly entrenched.
Yet again, transnational corporate profits are the drivers of evidence-free government policies… and the 99% will continue to pay the “wages” for Harper’s spin.
By Mark Taliano