Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Tha Coast Article: Stimulating Ecocide

Chris Benjamin's take on the Nova Scotia stimulus package

Stimulating Ecocide
Now we're stimulating roads at 20 times the rate we're stimulating energy conservation. Either the [Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity] Act was a lie, or its authors have amnesia.

The stimulus plan is the latest in this government's legacy of using platitudes to obfuscate its true intentions. "It's hard to respond to something when we have so little information as to what this really means," says Christine Saulnier, provincial director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. "But just funding shovel-ready projects doesn't do it. All the issues we faced prior to the recession, like affordable housing and childcare, are still there."