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We’ve had enough environmental fearmongering

 - Breeana Laughlin
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David Suzuki asked in his column, “What would you do if you were prime minister?”

Well, I would ask the scientific community to tell the real truth about global warming for a change. Anyone who looks around should realize that with time wetland areas become bogs; bogs become peat and then eons later, peat becomes coal.

I would immediately take the necessary steps to completely shut down all electrical plants that burn oil, natural gas and coal.

I would give tax incentives to firms developing small wind-driven turbines that produce electricity for units as small as a single household or farm. Several hundred million dollars would be allocated to wind power projects.

I would tell the truth about the Kyoto accord with regards to China and India.

China is poised to become the No. 2 auto manufacturer in the world. To become No 2 China has increased coal burning plants to where they now burn almost three billion tons of coal every year with no pollution controls whatever.

Some areas are so polluted that one must wear a face mask when venturing outside. They don’t have to add expensive pollution controls because they are exempt from Kyoto. They can do whatever they like to move auto manufacturing and textiles to China.

Already, some speculators are buying?carbon chits waiting for the price to double or go even higher.

The auto manufacturing jobs in Ontario are going to disappear altogether as China pushes to become No 1.

I would not betray Canadian unions by supporting such a flawed agreement as Kyoto.

We can go green in Canada if we take steps to use waste water from our cities in the oil sector.

Many countries depend upon nuclear-driven electrical plants, if we cannot become self-sufficient in our needs with hydro or wind energy then I would consider nuclear energy as the only alternative to burning fossil fuels.

It is time for the fearmongering over climate change to be replaced by the facts of a changing Earth as it moves from one ice age into another.

The trouble is governments mainly rule by fear as it is the best medium to control the masses.

Frederick Peitzsche

Innisfail

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