REPORT | Stephen Harper’s Climate Insincerity | Environmental Defence
Quotes from the report…
“[Harper’s] inner oilman has won out when it comes to the environment.”
— THE ECONOMIST
“They’ve been muzzled. The concept of free speech is non-existent at Environment Canada.
They are manufacturing the message of science.”
— CLIMATE SCIENTIST ANDREW WEAVER
on the occasion of the Harper government restricting the ability of environmental officials to talk to the media.
“I understand that’s what happened. My suspicion is, what I told you,
that Jim [Prentice] took the money for his Clean Energy Plan."”
— NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER LISA RAITT,
on budget monies allegedly earmarked for the wind industry then diverted to oil sands projects
“Aspirational goal? Like having the body you want without diet or exercise?
Or getting rich without working?”
— DANA MILBANK of the WASHINGTON POST on the use of “aspirational” climate goals
by the Bush administration, now echoed by Harper’s Environment Minister
“For investors who are looking at North America, they look to the U.S. and they see some
policy certainty and a strong incentive. They look to Canada, they see an incentive that is
in essence shutting down and no certainty going forward. That is where our challenge
is at the moment.”
— ROBERT HORNUNG, President of Canadian Wind Energy Association
“This particular government has been a government of skeptics.
They do not want to do anything on climate change.”
— RAJENDRA PACHAURI, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, on the Harper government.