Canadian scientists are learning the truth of the old maxim, “He who pays the piper calls the tune.” While the general public and most scientists believe that science should be a search for truth, government ministers in Ottawa have a different notion. Since March, the role of Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Christian Paradis has become that of scientific gatekeeper.
Legislative efforts to implement a supposedly “environmentally friendly” conversion of the U.S. economy by means of carbon credits may be on hold for the moment, but that does not mean that a shift toward solar and wind power is not underway. The motivation for the trend is supposedly profit, not ideology.
Dubbed "Frankenfish" by Alaska Senator Mark Begich, AquaBounty Technologies' salmon are poised to become the first genetically-engineered (GE) animals to enter the U.S. food supply. Though the FDA has declared these fish, marketed under the name AquAdvantage, to be safe, Consumers Union senior scientist Michael Hansen has called the science used to justify the FDA's decision "sloppy," "misleading," and "woefully inadequate."
The Environmental Protection Agency, which has authority to ban toxic substances under the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976, was petitioned by the Center for Biological Diversity to ban traditional hunting ammunition, which contains lead as a toxic substance. Another petitioner, the American Bird Conservancy, had noted in its petition that annually 10 to 20 million animals died each year from lead poisoning, either by being shot or by being eaten by another animal after having been shot. Other petitioners included Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and Project Gutpile.
The fortunes of the theory of manmade global warming have fallen on such hard times in the past year that even Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the U.S. Senate’s leading Republican-in-Name-Only (RINO), had to concede in May of this year that cap-and-trade was dead—for the time being, anyway. And while the national embarrassment associated with former Vice President Al Gore’s apocalyptic perorations is not likely to end any time soon, even the self-anointed Prophet of Doom is apparently only able to find an audience for his environmental jeremiads “Down Under” in the battle for the parliament of Australia.