Realistic action against climate change and global warming is not in the best interests of CAPP and its members. Their basic business plan is to encourage everyone to ignore the consequences of Peak Oil and burn fossil fuels, especially theirs, without regard to the environment, the economic future of Canada, or the future and well-being of our children and grandchildren.
Denying climate change is therefore basic to Levant’s life, and, as a veteran propagandist, the ends justify the means. The fact that the means include barefaced lies is just a minor detail in Levant’s creed of laissez-faire capitalism and corporate libertarianism. It was Dave Padden, the founder of Joseph Bast’s Heartland Institute (recently disgraced in the Denialgate/Fakegate incident) who said: “…a lie can run around the world while the truth is still tying its shoestrings.”
Levant’s New Religion
In a recent article about Ontario’s proposed green economy, Levant gives wings to the Climate Science Denial Industry’s lies in a new, innovative way, and manages to mock Christianity at the same time.
“[McGuinty] intends to build massive three-armed crucifixes across rural Ontario. The famous statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks Rio de Janeiro is only 130 feet tall. McGuinty’s eco-idols will be three times that height, but will serve the same imposing purpose…. And, like the massive cathedrals of medieval times, McGuinty’s three-armed crosses are to be paid for with tithes, from the little people. The government itself estimates that electricity rates in Ontario will increase by 46% by 2015.”
Levant, of course, is no respecter of other people’s faith, and if making a mockery of Christianity or Islam adds to his income and notoriety, then it’s fair game. The timing of this attack on Ontario’s future generations is especially calculated and vindictive, coming as it does at the time when the Christian world is preparing to solemnise the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, as doubtless he is well aware.
Here is Levant worshipping at the altar of the High Priest of the Climate Science Denial Industry, the self-styled “Lord”, Christopher Monckton, in December 2011.
When Lies Become Truth
No religion countenances lies and false witness, and neither do most agnostics or atheists. Levant’s creed, however, would find an honored place in Animal Farm or 1984. In his latest testament, besides repeating the lies constantly put forward by the Climate Science Denial Industry, he writes that the Ontario government estimates that electricity rates will rise by 46%.
Unfortunately, it’s true about the increase, but this doesn’t stop Levant from continuing the lie. According to Ontario’s Energy Minister, Chris Bentley: “We’ve made a choice to eliminate dirty coal-fired generation because we know that coal makes people sick and pollutes the air we breathe. We’re replacing coal with cleaner sources of power like water, wind and solar. We’re also rebuilding 80% of our electricity system so that families and businesses have the power they need. We don’t ever again want to face brownouts and blackouts like we did less than a decade ago.”
Approximately half of that 46% increase can be attributed to non-hydro renewable energy. The remainder of the increase is due to the fact that Ontario is rebuilding almost 80% of its electricity system. Because of past government’s neglect in making necessary repairs and upgrades, the Ontario government has had to add over 9,000 megawatts of new generation (enough to power Toronto and Ottawa) and more than 5,000km of new transmission lines.
It’s almost funny how Levant ignores the fact that in Ontario, major power outages are now usually caused by extreme weather, rather than excessive demand. Conveniently, his Sun “newspaper” chain is guaranteed the power to run its presses daily, and his Fox News North can maintain its broadcasts without wondering if its devoted viewers can actually watch, or if they are going through a power blackout. For Levant and his cohorts, it must be “an inconvenient truth.”
But it’s the little details, like telling all the truth, that seem to escape Levant and his new religion. And of course, any kind of renewable energy does not suit his masters at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, and is therefore an unforgivable sin.