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Provincial New Democrat legislator Claire Trevena says there's a "substantial number" of fellow MLAs who share her view the party should have promoted its environmental vision during the last election campaign. Ms. Trevena made the comments in an exclusive interview with Public Eye moments after publicly expressing concern that that vision wasn't the focus of the party's 2009 platform. "There's an assumption we're not supposed to be talking - that we have this sense that we all agree with everything that's been happening," she said when asked why New Democrat convention delegates were congratulating her after that speech. "It's not brave to stand up and talk about one, party policy and two, your principles."

As for what she thought about criticism party leader Carole James should have specifically mentioned the issue of climate change when she spoke to delegates on Saturday, Ms. Trevena responded, "She did mention the environment in the sense we have to use education to deal with environmental issues." Although she added, "We need to talk about climate change. We cannot be going around with our heads in the sands as saying, 'It's business as usual.' It's not business as usual."

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I think somebody has to break this out at some point, but there is a growing scandal called Climategate. The National Post - yes, a bastion of climate skeptics and deniers - has ">a great post on the sleaze of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia in Britain. Also the hacked e-mails themselves are online thanks to British FOIA laws - and one of them even said:

If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I'll delete the file rather than send to anyone. Does your similar act in the US force you to respond to enquiries within 20 days? - our does ! The UK works on precedents, so the first request will test it.
We also have a data protection act, which I will hide behind. Tom Wigley has sent me a worried email when he heard about it - thought people could ask him for his model code. He has retired officially from UEA so he can hide behind that. IPR should be relevant here, but I can see me getting into an argument with someone at UEA who'll say we must adhere to it!

Good grief! Not that the BCLibs deserve a free pass on FOIA - they get a D from me, but... with all the sleaze on climate change science, perhaps the NDP need to throttle back.

Claire isn't my MLA, and I'm no hardline environmentalist but the lady makes a lot of sense. Now we wait and see if she gets slapped around by the inner circle if they think she is leaning too far toward the Green's . Standing up for what one thinks should be the first thing a elected person should do. Nobody really likes the whishy washy ones. Or the folks who never upset anyone becasue they spend their time doing nothing much to follow their convictions.

Josef K, a "Climate Change Denier" cloaked in his own rhetoric. Josef, you are wasting space here on an otherwise good site with your sarcastic comments that are not the least bit constructive, nor understandable.

How anyone can support Gordon Campbell, the man who has tryed to Greenwash himself with a cynical do-nothing carbon tax, more highways, much less transit and regular worshipping at the feet of the BC's "Climate Change Denier" kings, The Fraser Institute, is beyond reason!

Claire Trevena is correct. Climate change is the issue of our times and there are very few other politicians out there willing to go against the grain and declare that it is no longer about the economy, it is about the environment. The economy will play second fiddle to the environment, which can destroy any economy without a second thought.

Even the pandering to the pathetic,BC Liberal, Jim Hoggan's blog, www.desmogblog.com is fighting against all Climate Change Deniers. It gets confusing doesn't it! Well, it is well documented that since the 80's, opposition astro-turf groups have opposed environmental issues in order to confuse the public and the particular issue. Because they know it is more effective to confuse issues, as opposed to opposing issues. Which is exactly what the BC Liberals have done in this province. They sucker punched the enviro community and half of that community has been wandering around increasingly stunned for several years now.

Until someone takes the necessary leadership in dealing with Climate Change, this province, this country and this world will be like a rudderless ship heading towards the falls.


Come up with a viable plan to fix the economy, child poverty and health care then I'll care about the environment.

As it stands today I'd have a damned hard time looking into the face of a underfed child living in squalor in BC and try and explain why this province is spending MILLIONS on something other than them.

Same goes for the those out of work that can't find ANY jobs and those waiting for routine procedures or tests.

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