The biggest crisis that we face in Canada today is not one of global warming but one of truth and reason. Climate hysteria has sunk its teeth deep into the conscience of the climate movement, so deep that any statement made by so called “climate crusaders” is lapped up by climate followers with fervent adherence and not given any critical thought or analysis. On a recent trip to Vancouver I happened to unwittingly secure a front row ‘window’ from my hotel room to bear witness to the theatrical rally that took place in front of Vancouver’s Art Gallery. From my vantage point I could hear the sermons from the opening acts of the Greta Show, as they hyped the crowd up with doomsday predictions reminiscent of religious leaders from historical past, forecasting the end of civilization and urging the populace to repent of their climate sins or face the end times. While the preachers on the stage preached their sermons of anti-pipeline, lines of traffic sat idling due to the disruption, a helicopter circled overhead to capture the circus and the overwhelming smell of marijuana wafted up to sting my young son’s eye balls, I couldn’t help but wonder what is the real message here?
Chants of ‘stop the hate, no pipeline, stop the hate, no pipeline’ confused me. Who and what are the protestors hating? Or do they think everyone who is pro-pipeline is pro-hate? A young girl held a sign that read, “Cutting trees for a better life is like [having sex] to get rid of a virus.” At least this sign, as confusing as it was, allowed me an opportunity to remind my young son of the importance of safe sex. However, one particular proselytizer’s message perked my ears up. With microphone in hand and all the swagger and conviction of an assured Baptist preacher, this crusader declared to the crowd, “The Trans-Mountain Pipeline has an 80% chance of spilling and [when it spills] 1 million people will instantly be sick within 24 hours.” To this statement a roar erupted from the crowd. I was gobsmacked that such an egregious and outrageous statement could be made and accepted as fact. This outrageous declaration, which was blindly accepted as truth by the climate crusaders, would be about as accurate as one declaring that, “Tomorrow I will jump off of a bridge and there is an 80% chance that I will fly.”
The truth is that Canada is a country that is as amazing as it is diverse and our acceptance has no bounds. Look how we have openly welcomed a young, naive foreigner to influence our election, furthering western alienation and conjuring up even more unwarranted hatred of our oil and gas industry. Look how we accept our politicians politely standing by in silence as our fellow citizens protest the very industry that has allowed Canada to be as prosperous and successful as it is. Look how we allow our prime minister to put his own international celebrity and global popularity above the best interest of any citizen west of Manitoba. Look how we allow our resources be sold for a fraction of the price, lest we upset our coastal populace by twinning an existing pipeline. Canada’s so-called carbon footprint comprises less then 2% of the world’s carbon output, yet we are allowing a culture of hysteria and illogical reasoning to control energy industry policy and cripple our valuable resources. The truth is that our energy resources in Canada are produced with the most stringent environmental standards in the world. Reason would say that Canada, which provides the cleanest and safest energy on the planet, should not be ashamed of their own resources but rather be proudly marketing them to the world, however, after watching the Greta Show it looks to me that reason has gone the way of the dinosaur.