McGuinty’s Elliot Lake Mistake

All informed Canadians by now know that there was a disaster in the small mining town of Elliot Lake, Ontario. A roof collapsed at a shopping mall and many were trapped, we still don’t really know how many. We know of 2 deaths. Early in the week when confusion reigned supreme, there were reports of several missing and we didn’t know how many were trapped in the rubble. And we don’t really know why the search for the trapped was called off after two days, except we do know that some lower level government officials in the Labour Ministry had something to do with it. Although they say that they were not really issuing orders and that whatever they were issuing was misinterpreted.

And by the way at this point if you tuned in thirty seconds late, you must think we are talking Haiti or Burma or a handfull of other places in what we used to call the third world, where third rate people govern and the population is treated as third class, and whatever you do hear from those in governance isn’t worth three cents on free market of credible information. But this isn’t Haiti or Burma. This is Canada. Elliot Lake may not be Toronto or Vancouver or Montreal. But the people in that Northern Canadian Town have every right to be treated first class by first rate search and rescue officials that Canada has in abundance in both our civilian and military services.

So when the rescue efforts were called off after only two days, even though the sounds of tapping had been picked up and it wasn’t coming from a dvd of a Fred Astaire movie, the population of Elliot Lake, Canada and the Rest of Canada became outraged. Somebody two days after the fact in the premier’s office let the premier know that as the CEO of the Government of Ontario he had the authority to reinstate the search and he did. Dalton McGuinty didn’t want to go to Elliot Lake before the search and was forced to go after the search was called off and there was egg all over his face. Politicians don’t like going to places where they know the reception will be less than jubilant. There is no jubilation tonight in Elliot Lake and there shouldn’t be. McGuinty said this week after acknowledging that there has been confusion throughout the process, he said and I quote, “There will be a Time for Questions to be asked about what when and how and why not.” That time is tonight Premier.

When were you told that Elliot Lake was a disaster area and needed your immediate attention?

Were you told hours after it happened when the Mayor declared it?

That’s when all of us paying attention. That’s when we knew. Were you paying attention?

How do you get your information? Pony Express? And why did you only get engaged after the entire country became alarmed because we are not a nation of quitters and you’ve embarrased us in front of the world. And we don’t leave our wounded on the battle field and you’ve embarrassed us in front of the whole world. But beyond the embarrassment Premier -much more important than that are the people still looking, still searching for members of their family. If it were members of your family that were trapped in there would it have taken two days to get the sleep out of your eyes? We will hear all sorts of lame excuses for why the search was called off. But what’s the excuse you have for the need to search for the CEO of Ontario days after a disaster has happened. The truth is when you’re a leader you treat those citizens like they are members of your family even if they did the unmitigated gaul not to vote for your team during the last election. Did Politics trump the need to rescue human life? Do people have to pay with their lives for not having voted Liberal in the last election? As of tonight we need to change the moniker of the man who fails to govern Canada’s largest province. As of tonight the man who abandoned ship, is no Longer Premier Dead. As of tonight he is Premier Deadbeat Dad. It’s one thing to have to search for people in rubble. But one shouldn’t need to have to search for Daddy, when the kids are missing. Today Dalton McGuinty is searching for his soul. It will be said some day that he lost it in June of 2012 at the bottom of Elliot Lake.


By Lorrie Goldstein,Toronto Sun

Saturday, June 23, 2012 

Two months ago, James Lovelock, the godfather of global warming, gave a startling interview to in which he acknowledged he had been unduly “alarmist” about climate change.

The implications were extraordinary.

Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist and environmentalist whose Gaia theory — that the Earth operates as a single, living organism — has had a profound impact on the development of global warming theory.

Unlike many “environmentalists,” who have degrees in political science, Lovelock, until his recent retirement at age 92, was a much-honoured working scientist and academic.

His inventions have been used by NASA, among many other scientific organizations.

Lovelock’s invention of the electron capture detector in 1957 first enabled scientists to measure CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) and other pollutants in the atmosphere, leading, in many ways, to the birth of the modern environmental movement.

Having observed that global temperatures since the turn of the millennium have not gone up in the way computer-based climate models predicted, Lovelock acknowledged, “the problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago.” Now, Lovelock has given a follow-up interview to the UK’s Guardian newspaper in which he delivers more bombshells sure to anger the global green movement, which for years worshipped his Gaia theory and apocalyptic predictions that billions would die from man-made climate change by the end of this century.

Lovelock still believes anthropogenic global warming is occurring and that mankind must lower its greenhouse gas emissions, but says it’s now clear the doomsday predictions, including his own (and Al Gore’s) were incorrect.

He responds to attacks on his revised views by noting that, unlike many climate scientists who fear a loss of government funding if they admit error, as a freelance scientist, he’s never been afraid to revise his theories in the face of new evidence. Indeed, that’s how science advances.

Among his observations to the Guardian:

(1) A long-time supporter of nuclear power as a way to lower greenhouse gas emissions, which has made him unpopular with environmentalists, Lovelock has now come out in favour of natural gas fracking (which environmentalists also oppose), as a low-polluting alternative to coal.

As Lovelock observes, “Gas is almost a give-away in the U.S. at the moment. They’ve gone for fracking in a big way. This is what makes me very cross with the greens for trying to knock it … Let’s be pragmatic and sensible and get Britain to switch everything to methane. We should be going mad on it.” (Kandeh Yumkella, co-head of a major United Nations program on sustainable energy, made similar arguments last week at a UN environmental conference in Rio de Janeiro, advocating the development of conventional and unconventional natural gas resources as a way to reduce deforestation and save millions of lives in the Third World.)

(2) Lovelock blasted greens for treating global warming like a religion.

“It just so happens that the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion,” Lovelock observed. “I don’t think people have noticed that, but it’s got all the sort of terms that religions use … The greens use guilt. That just shows how religious greens are. You can’t win people round by saying they are guilty for putting (carbon dioxide) in the air.”

(3) Lovelock mocks the idea modern economies can be powered by wind turbines.

As he puts it, “so-called ‘sustainable development’ … is meaningless drivel … We rushed into renewable energy without any thought. The schemes are largely hopelessly inefficient and unpleasant. I personally can’t stand windmills at any price.”

(4) Finally, about claims “the science is settled” on global warming: “One thing that being a scientist has taught me is that you can never be certain about anything. You never know the truth. You can only approach it and hope to get a bit nearer to it each time. You iterate towards the truth. You don’t know it.”