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NEWS RELEASE · 17th April 2012
Pembina Institute
Simon Dyer, policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s announcement that the federal government will weaken environmental oversight of resource development projects:

“With the proposed changes to the federal environmental review process, Canadians will get weaker, less-informed decision-making, sloppy environmental protection by resource developers, and an increased likelihood of environmental impacts.

“Independent observers like the Royal Society of Canada have stated that Canada needs to strengthen its role in environmental assessment in the oilsands, but the federal government’s plan takes Canada in the opposite direction.

“At a time when the level of proposed resource development — particularly in the oilsands — is increasing, the federal government needs to enhance its oversight of these projects. The government may say it is committed to more efficient and effective decision-making, but its plans to cut the budget of the agency charged with making those decisions by 40 per cent undermines the government’s ability to deliver on that commitment.

“The federal environmental review process is generally more rigorous than provincial assessments and evidence suggests provinces like Alberta do not have adequate capacity to properly review projects on their own. There is no question that federal government’s proposed changes will unnecessarily weaken environmental protection for Canadians.”
Comment by David on 17th April 2012
Under Lysenko's guidance, science was guided not by the most likely theories, backed by appropriately controlled experiments, but by the desired ideology. Science was practiced in the service of the State, or more precisely, in the service of ideology. The results were predictable: the steady deterioration of Soviet biology. Lysenko's methods were not condemned by the Soviet scientific community until 1965, more than a decade after Stalin's death.
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Comment by David on 17th April 2012
Canada has entered a "Lyschenko" era in which science, statistics, and reason have been replaced by religion, unsubstantiated opinion, and moralizing. All Canadian scientists - biologists, climatologists, ecologists, and statisticians - are now enemies of the state. The Royal Society of Canada is one of the biggest enemies of the imposters for obvious reasons. This is about the last thing we need in today's competitive economic climate.