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The 22 Days of Harper’s Anti-Environment/Anti Kyoto quotes – Day 2

Day 2 of our epic 22 Days of Harper’s Anti-Environment/Anti-Kyoto quotes continues with another epic quotation from the Toronto Star interview:

“This may be a lot of fun for a few scientific and environmental elites in Ottawa,” he said “But ordinary Canadians from coast to coast will not put up with what this will do to their economy and lifestyle.”
(Stephen Harper, Toronto Star, September 5, 2002)

Ah yes… According to Stevie back then, all this Global Warming talk isn’t cared about by anyone other then the nerdy and geeky scientists and the hippie tree-huggers who live in Eastern Canada and worse, in the Capital.

I guess events since then have proven otherwise, eh Stevie?

Join us for more scintillating Harper Quotes tomorrow!! 😉

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12 comments to The 22 Days of Harper’s Anti-Environment/Anti Kyoto quotes – Day 2

  • This seems rather over the top. Maybe 20 years ago this statement may have had some validity when the science was far from certain, but 5 years ago, I don’t think so. The reality is the guy has always been hostile to Kyoto and is only changing his tune since his original opinion is less politically acceptable than it use to be. I think our very mild start to the winter and the windstorms out West made people pay more attention to the issue. Off course the Conservative deniers will point to the recent cold snap as evidence global warming isn’t happening, which I say is rubbish. Global warming doesn’t mean cold weather will disappear. It simply means it will happen less frequently and warm weather more frequently.

  • Do you know any tobacco farmers, Scott? Just wondering.

  • That’s funny Brian. :em62:

  • Jeez, youre a hard ass. Sort of a Jesuit of Blogging. And you’re tripping over your hassock.
    Sounds regressive to me – Agree, or we will burn you.
    Is this a blog of doctrine or a blog of ideas? Is it about you always enforcing your “rightness” Remind me of my ex-mother in law

  • I understand that. I meant on the larger question of “what the F is a progressive?” Anyways, not gonna bully you into it. :em58:

    Just thought you might want to voice and opinion is all.

    :em36:

  • knb

    Olaf, I think that generally speaking, in 2002, this was true, at least to the degree that people cared enough to do anything about it.

    Well then, I guess that put’s the “inaction of the Lib’s” argument to rest, no?

    C’mon. We all know that every effort brought forth by the Lib’s was shot down by Harper, every single day in the House.

    I cannot believe any conservative is fighting this reality. The reality that say’s Harper is not progressive, only political on this issue. It’s pathetic at best and certainly beneath thinking people.

    Not to say the comment wasn’t glib, just that it was probably accurate at the time.

    Accurate by who’s context? If the Lib’s were fighting for change and Kyoto, it was only the Conservatives who were anti. Is that accurate or ideological?

  • For obvious reasons, I’m not going to comment on that till the moderators of Prog Blog make a decision on what to do about Mr. Mcnair and his blog – if anything.

  • Scott,

    Yea, I know… I re-read it after you graciously pointed out my ignorance. That’s just like you progressives, isn’t it? Always demanding that people “do research” and “read stuff” before they comment.

    Anyways, there isn’t really a controversy, although I took a swipe at the whole McNair controversy, asking “what the F is a progressive” anyway, and Pal gave her two cents at My Blahg. Not a controversy at all, in fact. I’d just be interested in what your opinion is.

    :em36:

  • Well then Olaf… here is the relevant passage from Day 1:

    This isn’t quite like the 12 days of Christmas list, but close enough. Fellow Lib/Prog Blogger Jeff at A BC’er In Toronto was kind enough to pass along this press release from the BC Wing Of The Liberal Party, which among other things had all these remarkable anti-Kyoto/Anti-Environment quotes from your Prime Minister – 22 of them in fact.

    Is that sufficiently lucid on my part to explain why I’m doing 22 Days?

    As for the 2nd part of the question, I didnt even know there was a controversy.

  • Scott,

    You don’t expect me to read all your progressive bluster and blather word for word do you? :em26: I try to pick up the meaning of your posts by ocular osmosis: a 3 second glance at the title and text usually does the trick.

    By the way, do you have an opinion on all this controversy over what the F a progressive is? It’s a tough question, but as a ProgBlog vet, I figure you could handle it.

    :em36:

  • Olaf:

    Because the answer is obvious. Its in the first paragraph of my Day 1 blogposting. The answer is staring at you from your screen and you missed it :em57:

  • Scott,

    Ah yes… According to Stevie back then, all this Global Warming talk isn’t cared about by anyone other then the nerdy and geeky scientists and the hippie tree-huggers who live in Eastern Canada and worse, in the Capital.

    I think that generally speaking, in 2002, this was true, at least to the degree that people cared enough to do anything about it. You have to admit there’s been a sea-change in public opinion. Not to say the comment wasn’t glib, just that it was probably accurate at the time.

    And you didn’t answer my question on the other post: Why did you chose 22 days?

    :em36:

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