Lincoln, Churchill, JFK and Reagan on Canada's Clean Air Act


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper with Environment Minister Rona Ambrose

Canada's new Clean Air Act is an embarrassment of Orwellian Newspeak, committing to a series of targeted pollution and greenhouse gases that start in 2010 and don't really kick in until, get this, 2050. Kyoto is but a distant memory. After all, one of our biggest source of greenhouse gases is the Alberta oil sands- it takes a lot of natural gas to squeeze a barrel of oil out of this muck, but at sixty bucks, with America buying, who is going to complain? David Suzuki's foundation is appalled, and says: "What targets it does set will "allow greenhouse gas emissions to increase for years to come," said foundation policy analyst Dale Marshall. Added [director Morag] Carter: "What this means is that we have the illusion of something concrete, when in actual fact they could just move ahead right now and do all that they have talked about doing."What this adds up to is delay, when there could be action." A blogger we follow says:" the fact that nothing has to be done for ages is the most impressive; the law sets targets for 2050, but very little before then. More laws should be put into place in that manner. Think of the great moments of political history, if only preceding leaders had thought of this great idea!Think of JFK. "We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in six to eight decades and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they will be easy then, [...] because that challenge is one that we are going to hypothetically be willing to accept, one we are infinitely willing to postpone, and one which we intend to win."
Think of Reagan: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall in thirty to fifty years, or at your convenience.!"
Or Lincoln: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that 'within a hundred years, all men will potentially be created equal'" (Although that would be closer to being accurate.)
Winston Churchill: "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it may, perhaps, be approaching the start of a hypothetical future end of the impending beginning, which will be determined in retrospect." ::Rage and Assuage