"Every environmental issue confronts us with a duty to be good stewards. As we use nature's gifts, we must do so wisely. Prosperity will mean little if we leave future generations a world of polluted air, toxic lakes and rivers and vanished forests. " —George W BushThose words were used by George W. Bush, during the 2000 election campaign. They sound wonderful, but unfortunately not a word of it was true. However, at the time polls showed that 62 percent of Americans thought that the country was spending too little on the environment, compared to only 7 percent who believed they were spending too much (1). He knew what to say to get to the 62%.
When Julian Fantino was running for the Conservatives in the Vaughn bi-election, he posted on his website:
The Conservative Government is taking comprehensive action to improve the environment and protect the health of Canadians. Canada now has tough new regulations against toxic chemicals and one of the most aggressive plans on earth to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.This despite the fact that Canada currently has no environmental policy. None. And we have won another "colossal fossil" award at the last international conference.
Is Fantino lying or is he really that gullible?
It does sound a lot like the hype that helped to get Harper elected in 2006, with his promise of a "Made in Canada" solution to the environment, but it was just talk. Since then he has sabotaged any international effort to address this serious problem.
George W. Bush seemed to grasp the importance of environmental values during his presidential bid, and his stump speeches contained numerous references to preserving our national treasures. He boasted a Texas record of bringing together environmentalists, businesses, and politicians to mold pragmatic solutions. He even promised to control greenhouse gas emissions with a campaign pledge to place a cap on carbon dioxide, that went even further than Vice President Gore's.Obviously Fanitino, and indeed the entire Harper government, can talk the talk, but have trouble with the follow through. And they hope the voters won't notice that they are lying through their teeth.
George W. Bush's environmental strategy appears to be talk globally, harm locally ... and hope the voters don't notice. (1)
More Power of Audacity.
1. Did Jack Layton Sabatoge Kyoto?
2. It's All About the Spin Baby. It's All About the Spin.
1. The Book on Bush: How George W. (mis) Leads America, By Eric Alterman and Mark Green, Penguin Books, 2004, ISBN: 0-670-03273-5, Pg. 12-13