Thursday, May 08, 2008

Gordon Campbell's Hawaiian Epiphany

Premier Gordon Campbell's conversion to global warming dogma reportedly came during his annual vacation in Hawaii. Less than two months later, the government announced its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal of 33% below current levels by 2020. B.C. is about to be hit with new taxes to achieve that goal. So just how did the premier come up with this goal and what is the outlook for B.C.?

It wasn't by discussing with a scientific panel. In November 2007, in a conversation televised on Vaughn Palmer's Voice of BC program, Premier Campbell said, "I don't want to pretend this was some - that I asked a scientific panel about how to get there. I didn't." Premier Campbell went on to say, "We felt that 10 percent below 1990 was a reasonable and achievable target for us to reach. That was 33 percent below 2007, and that makes sense to me."

So "feelings" have determined B.C.'s GHG reduction goal. Now, the premier is implementing the same type of programs that have existed in Europe for years. What have the results in Europe been? A 5% increase in GHG's and big drops in manufacturing jobs.

The premier has an obligation to cast an eye to the experience of other jurisdictions (as he did for health care) and balance his perspective with the ever increasing volume of scientific data suggesting man-made global warming is a hoax - another Y2K panic - that will do more to bilk taxpayers than save the planet.

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