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Ray Grigg (The tragedy of environmental denial, Aug. 3) attempts to convince us that despite "heroic" efforts by Canadians to fight climate change, the federal Conservative government is doing its utmost to obstruct them. If he would answer the following questions, he'd find what he considers heroism is grossly overestimated.

Does he have any evidence of a major switch from gas- and diesel-powered vehicles to hybrids and electrics? How about proof that Canadians are greatly curtailing their road and air travel to reduce their carbon footprints? Are power utilities reporting that consumers are demanding the option of wind- and solar-powered electricity? Are the various government levels being bombarded by petitions to introduce carbon taxes? Were there huge nationwide protests against Canada's withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol?

Why was the Liberals' Green Shift decisively rejected by voters in the 2006 federal election? Are foreign nations extensively boycotting our products because of our climate policies? Is he aware that when Canadians are surveyed on national priorities, climate change and the environment are ranked near the bottom, far behind jobs, the economy, debt levels, health care, and education?

Grigg would be better advised to stick to Oriental philosophy where his arguments probably have more credibility than on environmental issues.

Edward Katz

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 8, 2013 0

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