Trump Needs Help To Stay The Course On Climate Change – Lessons from Canada
Americans should look north for an illustration of what is likely to happen if climate realists do not hold Trump’s feet to the fire.
Before first winning a minority government in 2006, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised to get to the bottom of the climate change file. Neither he, nor most members of his Conservative Party of Canada, believed that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activities were causing a climate crisis. Emission reduction regulations were clearly not necessary, they said. In a 2002 fundraising letter for the now-defunct Canadian Alliance, Harper called the U.N. climate process “a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations.”
Yet despite being regarded as a genuine conservative, Harper changed sides on climate change soon after being elected. In an attempt to appease activists, he supported U.N. negotiations to ‘stop dangerous climate change.’ He made GHG reduction pledges Canada had no chance of keeping without destroying our economy, wasting billions of dollars in the process.
Party strategists decided that they had to play along with the climate scare until public opinion changed. Government cannot lead public opinion, they mistakenly assumed.
Harper could have made a major contribution to killing the climate scare in Canada, but climate realists did not pressure him to keep his pre-election promises. So he responded to those who did pressure him — climate activists.
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