A week ago, I suggested that there was something very odd indeed about plucking a Conservative insider without a science background from the senior echelon of the Prime Minister’s Office and putting him in charge of Canada School of Energy and Environment, supposedly created to finance our revolutionary transition to a green, carbon-friendly economy. Today, Postmedia papers reported that I was right. Since at least a year ago tomorrow, Carson was meeting with members of the oil lobby, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, to scheme ways to defend the tarsands and co-opt “less strident” environmentalists.
Carson is a lawyer who worked for Harper when the latter was opposition leader and then prime minister, before moving to Alberta to head up the CSEE. Despite the fact that he is theoretically now an academic (the centre is jointly housed at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge), he still sees his first duty as a Conservative loyalist. Significantly, the same month that Carson was meeting with industry officials to plot on the climate change agenda, he gave a speech to the right-wing Manning Centre on the topic of “Managing a Conservative Political Agenda in a Minority Situation.” His speaking notes contain no references to climate policy whatsoever. They do note the importance of supposed Conservative values, like “unprecedented… faith in leader.”
The CSEE web page contains (as “resources”) a selection of other fatuous speeches, too.
Update: More on Carson and his scammy Indian Affairs dealings here.Tweet