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Tuesday, December 18, 2007 

The Reality 'Disconnect' Between What John Baird Says And What He Does

I read Mark Abley's Does Baird know what he's saying? in today's Toronto Star and hope that you read it as well.

"Poor John Baird. I know it's getting close to Christmas, when we should all show charity, but perhaps the federal environment minister needs to spend the festive season in a secure psychiatric institution.

I say this because of the radical disconnect between what Baird appears to see and what the rest of the world sees. That kind of disconnect gives psychiatrists a major part of their income.


"Canada is committed to action," said Baird. True, if stalling and polluting can be defined as action. Or perhaps Baird meant that Canada is committed to sabotage. That was the verdict of Hans Verolme, global climate-change director of the World Wide Fund for Nature. "The U.S. government," Verolme stated, "aided by a small group of nations including Canada and Japan, has ... thrown up several roadblocks in the negotiations."

Of course, it's also possible that Baird isn't mentally ill at all. It's possible the minister was lying through his teeth. But that wouldn't be a charitable thing to say at Christmastime, would it?"

Mark Abley
Toronto Star

Since when is "throwing up roadblocks" not an action? And Baird/Harpo/Bush/Cheney are committed to a carbon action plan, one that uses "intensity-based" measures to allow overall carbon emissions to increase. But still,it's a plan, rien?

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