Ezra Levant was on Newsworld, discussing the Western Standard's latest cover story- Stephen Harper as the Incredible Hulk. Levant described the issue as a "shot across the bow", letting Harper know that his conservative base in Alberta won't tolerate actual action on GHG's. Of course, Levant played the typical, narrow tribalism, Alberta is the scapegoat, other regions get a pass. Levant described the "green" surge as a nuisance that needs to neutralized. Levant also made some crazy statements about water vapor causing 97% of GHG (it's really 1/3 to 2/3) and the science "shaky".
Ezra Levant scares me, much in the way the American neo-cons do. However, rather than dismiss his outrageous absurdities, I see Levant as a window into the Harper soul. In describing this latest article, Levant states that he doesn't really think Harper will sellout Alberta, he just wants to make sure he doesn't flirt with the idea. By sellout, Levant patently admits, actually doing something about GHG. Levant argues that Harper must negate the issue, with some platitudes and window-dressing legislation. Levant uses the "nation" vote as references, saying at first conservatives were offended, but later realized that Harper was astutely making a nothing gesture to weaken his opponents- no substance, no problem. Levant speculates that the new language we hear from Harper is just damage control and politics. I thought Conservatives appreciated this person as a man of principle?
Today is an interesting day, first we have the Fraser Institute's "denier" publication and then we hear the National Standard show no genuine concern for the environment, merely a tactical question. Both entities represent the Harper base, and both show the same contempt for real environmental action. You won't hear Harper say any of these things, politically he can't afford to, but I don't think it much of a leap to see these publications as a window into Harper's true soul. I was convinced, but today just reaffirms the notion that this Conservative Party is an enemy of the environment at its core. We have heard Harper's base today, we have heard them LOUD AND CLEAR. It ain't pretty.