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Taking the lead: would Canada's leader dare defy conventional wisdom on climate change? Would Canadians listen?

From: Karen Selick <kselick@westernstandard.ca>

To: Michael Coren <mcoren@westernstandard.ca>

Date: June 4, 2007 9:49 AM

Subject: Can the PM help debunk global warming hysteria?

The reason Al Gore has managed to convince so many people with his global warming scare story is that his past tenure as U.S. vice-president lends him an aura of authority. I think if a Canadian of similarly high authority, such as Prime Minister Stephen Harper, scheduled a televised "fireside chat" with Canadians to explain calmly and thoroughly why Gore is wrong, he would win over most listeners. The Financial Post's Comment page, thanks to editors Terence Corcoran and Lawrence Solomon, has published an impressive collection of articles explaining the science and debunking the hysteria. Unfortunately, they've been preaching to the converted. Not enough Canadians read that page. Someone intelligent and authoritative needs to take this message to ordinary Canadians. That person must then have the intestinal fortitude to withstand the abuse that media leftists will dish out. But when the storm has passed, the truth will be left standing. C'mon, Stephen, I know you're up to it.

From: Michael Coren <mcoren@westernstandard.ca>

To: Karen Selick <kselick@westernstandard.ca>

Date: June 4, 2007 11:26 AM

Subject: re: Can the PM help debunk global warming hysteria?

Much of what you say is absolutely true, but Harper is as likely to become a warrior in this area as Al Gore is to stay away from midnight snacks. The Conservatives are obsessed with appearing mainstream and non-threatening and, sad though it may be, the mass of people have been seduced into thinking that only the extreme and threatening oppose conventional thinking on global warming and climate change. The prime minister worships at the altar of a majority government and nothing is going to make him convert. The best we can hope for is that John Baird will run around wasting his own and our time banning light bulbs, and save us from the most malicious excesses of the Kyoto gang. It's surprising that the Tories haven't given away more in their efforts to look green and cozy, so let's not deal in fantasy here. As for Harper at the fireside, God save us.

From: Karen Selick <kselick@westernstandard.ca>

To: Michael Coren <mcoren@westernstandard.ca>

Date: June 4, 2007 1:14 PM

Subject: re: Can the PM help debunk global warming hysteria?

I think the fireside chat might actually win Harper the majority he is seeking. Once a person of his stature--whom both the electorate and the media respect as intellectually gifted, even though they disagree with him on many issues--comes out and declares his global warming skepticism, thousands of others who harboured doubts will find the courage to declare themselves, too. That's what always happens when someone shouts, "The emperor has no clothes!" Scientists who previously feared for their jobs or even their physical safety will suddenly be in demand to explain their politically incorrect (but scientifically correct) theories to the media. This could change the prevailing paradigm around the world. Voters in Canada would respect Harper for having the brains and the courage to buck the tide. People love leaders who demonstrate strength of character, and I can't think of a better demonstration than challenging the prevailing orthodoxy and being proved right.

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From: Michael Coren <mcoren@westernstandard.ca>

To: Karen Selick <kselick@westernstandard.ca>

Date: June 4, 2007 4:05 PM

Subject: re: Can the PM help debunk global warming hysteria?

If it does ever happen, which is most unlikely, it won't be until and unless Harper forms a majority government. If he does form such an administration, of course, his advisers will warn him that if he opposes the green lobby he will lose the subsequent election. And so on and so on. I just can't see it happening. Yet if he should speak up on this issue, all the more reason for him to sit down by his fire and explain why we ought to oppose the status quo on other, more vital debates. Why we shouldn't support the publicly funded slaughter of hundreds of thousands of unborn babies, shouldn't encourage homosexuality and a distortion of marriage, and shouldn't pretend that Islam is all about peace and love. Personally, I'll take what I can get. Hey, at least the day-care disaster was halted by the Tories, with or without a fireside chat.
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