THIS IS AN URGENT REQUEST FOR ALBERTANS TO QUIZ STEPHANE DION ABOUT HIS PRO-KYOTO AND OTHER CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY WHEN HE APPEARS IN TOWN HALL MEETINGS LATER THIS WEEK. I HOPE SOME OF THE ALBERTAN READERS OF THIS FORUM ARE ABLE TO DO THIS!
First, as can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/wdm5c
, Mr. Dion will be holding town halls in Edmonton and Calgary as follows:
Thursday, January 11, Edmonton: town-hall meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Ital Canadian Seniors Association Centre, at 9111 110th Ave (see http://tinyurl.com/y2ozx7
for directions and call 780-424-1255 to check ahead how to get in).
Friday: January 12, Calgary: town-hall meeting at the Epcor Centre's Engineered Air Theatre, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, 205 8th Avenue S.E., Calgary, Ph: (403) 294-7455 - time not announced (see http://tinyurl.com/y669o6
for directions and other contact coordinates to check ahead how to get in)
I suggest it is crucially important that Dion be held to account, in public before the press, who I imagine will be in attendance at the town hall meetings, about his Kyoto policy. This is not a waste of time. An engineering friend of mine in Calgary did this when David Anderson came to the city for a public session a couple of years ago and, after the session, the media went as much to my friend to speak with him as they did to Anderson – the Calgary Herald, for example, conducted an interview with my friend (an environmental activist tried to break it up the interview, standing over them and interrupting, until my friend just stood up, gave the activist his card and told him to leave them alone and call him later if he wanted to talk - the enviro activist went away and the interview continued (these activists are not as fearsome as some people would believe)).
I am hoping some FD'ers and others can attend the Dion town hall meetings and ask him some fundamental questions about why he supports Kyoto, WHY THE MANY SCIENTISTS WHO OPPOSE KYOTO ARE BEING BARRED FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE DEBATE, what it will cost and how he plans to pay for it (and I would not let him get away with statements like the one at the beginning of http://www.friendsofscience.org/index.php?ide=3
, unless he can back it up with sound numbers right then and there in front of the audience. As a starter for helping people decide what questions Dion should be asked, here is our most recent piece on his policy:
For people who may still be intimidated into asking Mr. Dion a question or expressing your opposition to his climate change plan, I submit the following to give you an idea how easily he can be tripped up on the climate change issue:
Here is the exact exchange, word for word (I was there) that occurred when Dion announced his new green plan at a formal presentation at Carleton University here in Ottawa in 2005:
First the question put to Mr. Dion:
"My name is Andrew and I am a Masters student in the department of geology. I’d like to thank you for an interesting presentation and I do agree with many of the points you made about increasing efficiency and reducing pollution. Although, and I may be in the minority here, I’d like to say that agreeing to a protocol that aimed to achieve these objectives by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, I don’t think is the way to do it.
I’d also like to mention that President Van Loon [Carleton U president] forgot to mention the prominent climate change scientist at Carleton and that’s Dr. Tim Patterson who appeared before a Parliamentary Action Committee on Kyoto, I think it was on Thursday or Friday. It was actually a breath of fresh air stating that much of the science behind Kyoto is somewhat outdated and maybe we should analyze new science and rethink our commitment to it.
And this brings me to my question, which is:
I assume that you are aware of recent testimony by Professor Patterson showing that there are serious flaws in the science underlying of the Kyoto Protocol [here is the testimony: http://tinyurl.com/usy6j
] . Have you ever consulted personally with independent non-governmental expert climate scientists on this matter and, if so, whom? And if not, why?"
.. And here is Dion's "answer", verbatim (I swear, I have not altered anything whatsoever, including the sudden “Canada” blurt) - remember, he was ENVIRONMENT MINISTER announcing a major government initiative when he said this, not a back bencher who could perhaps be forgiven for not expecting such a question:
Dion: "Well, you know, they, there is a large number of ah, of ah, er, ah, communities, scientific communities in the world, ah, that are saying that the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has been as high now and this is inducing a lot of climate change that we are seeing. And the, the overwhelm, whelming, majority of scientists, ah, Canada. There are scientists that are saying the reverse, you're right. And I respect them. And maybe they are right. Because I know that science is not a poll. But I cannot take any risk. Uh, ah, I, I need to, anyways the mandate I received from the Prime Minister is to deliver a strong, improved Kyoto plan that at same time will strengthen the economy, will give result at the long term, and, as I said, will make us in a situation to address other environmental problems. So lots of things we will do through this Kyoto plan so that we're would be in a situation to do it anyway for other environmental reasons. And lets say that in ten or twenty years we will see if your professor was right, was right or not. I think it's realized is that it will be right. Uh, but I am respecting his work and I am following the debate with a lot of interest."
Anyways, I hope some Edmonton and Calgary area FD readers can take up this challenge and ask Mr. Dion some tough questions on Kyoto and climate change. Please contact me if you would like to discuss the issue or get more information.
Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (thermofluids)
Natural Resources Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 23013
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4E2