Thursday, August 09, 2012

We Interrupt This Program From The Lotuslandian Bloggodome...

...For An Important Message From The Mainstream Media.

More specifically, an editorial from the Victoria Times-Colonist:

...It seems odd that the prime minister is prepared to place his faith in an independent panel (to determine the fate of the Northern Gateway Pipeline) when in April, his government took away the National Energy Board's ability to kill a project with a negative ruling.

It seems odd that Harper is looking to science to resolve the issue when his government has gutted environmental regulations and has muzzled federal scientists. Two examples: Dr. David Tarasick was barred from speaking to journalists about his ozone-layer research, and researcher Kristina Miller of Fisheries and Oceans Canada was prohibited from doing interviews about her study on the causes of sockeye salmon decline in B.C.

Science (other than the science of accounting) didn't reign when the federal government decided to close the Department of Fisheries and Oceans marine pollution program, including two research scientists, a chemist and six support staff at the Institute for Ocean Sciences in North Saanich.

Other scientific accomplishments for the Conservative government include abolishing the national science adviser position, shutting down the Experimental Lakes freshwater research station, eliminating the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, and scrapping the mandatory long-form census, immensely valuable for the wide range information it could have provided for generations to come...

Good stuff, no?

Now go read the whole thing.


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