Murray Mandryk speculates that SaskPower's track record on greenhouse gas emissions might be part of it.
You are premier of a province. You invite the foremost figure in the debate on global warming ("authority" would be a disservice to the thousands of scientists out there) to come to your province to speak on the matter. You get your public telephone utility to front the cost of this event -- an estimated $208,000 that includes Gore's $125,000 speaking fee.
So excited are you by Gore's acceptance of your invitation that you interrupt question period to make the announcement which reporters dutifully covered.
You describe this development to reporters as a momentous awareness opportunity for Saskatchewan and even suggest that Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, has become your personal epiphany.
And you agree to a media ban?
And here comes the ba-dump-bump:
So how exactly will Saskatchewan be awakened when only a potential 5,000 people -- half a per cent of our population -- will hear Gore's message? Well, according to Calvert, the audience will go forth and spread the global warming gospel.
"To quote (turn-of-the-last century anthropologist) Margaret Mead: 'Never doubt that a small group of committed people can make change. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has,'" Calvert explained to reporters Wednesday. (It was an ironic choice. The battle between Australian anthropologist Derek Freeman and Mead over her 1928 book Coming of Age in Samoa caused one of the most pitched battles over discredited scientific work in the history of the scientific community.)