Friday, April 13, 2007

Dion and May and the Bees

When Stephane Dion and Elizabeth May made their deal to not run candidates against the other leader, and with May endorsing Dion as her choice of Prime Minister over Harper, that one small move changed the entire political landscape. The environment matters more than the Liberal Party.
May's run against Peter MacKay is a run against a man who acted without principle when he betrayed the deal he'd made with David Orchard to preserve the Progressive Conservatives from union with Harper's Alliance Party and MacKay deserves to reap the consequences of that betrayal.
The Dion-May deal brings to mind a respected liberal environmental blog (Climate Liberals) that has shut down for a few days because the members of its blogging community came to the decision that the environment mattered more than the Party. The blog is now called Climate Partisans and is actively seeking well known, non-liberal members to join their posting community.
I think it's the fate of the bees. Albert Einstein once said "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."
Well the bees are dying in Europe. In America they are dying in catastrophic numbers.
This report notes that "Since last November, the US has seen a decline in bee populations so dramatic that it eclipses all previous incidences of mass mortality. Beekeepers on the east coast of the United States complain that they have lost more than 70 percent of their stock since late last year, while the west coast has seen a decline of up to 60 percent.

Its the Genetically modified crops, the herbicide spraying, and the use of single crop farming - all those things that those tree hugging environmentalists wouldn't shut up about for all those years.
We can't afford a Stephen Harper let's pretend-we're-an-environmentalist government. We don't have time for any more of his bullshit. It's grow up or die time, if it isn't already too late.

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