Brad Wall’s Dumb Throne Speech Doesn’t Believe In Science

Lots of stupid stuff in Tuesday’s Throne Speech (Ronald Reagan? WTF) but I’ll focus on this interesting bit:

“My government believes in a strong Saskatchewan within a strong and united Canada. But it is troubling that today, there are some in this country who, given the opportunity, would shut down major parts of Saskatchewan’s economy and put thousands of hard-working Saskatchewan people out of work, all in the name of some misguided dogma that has no basis in reality. There are those who are not comfortable with and even oppose much of what we produce in Saskatchewan and how we produce it – oil and gas, coal and uranium, livestock and grains.

“They would prefer that those sectors did not exist and that the thousands of jobs in those sectors did not exist. They look at those jobs like they are somehow harming the country and the world. To those people, my government has a message. You are wrong. You could not be more wrong. Saskatchewan feeds Canada and the world. Saskatchewan supplies energy to Canada and to the world. What we do here makes Canada a better place. What we do here makes the world a better place. My government will take every occasion to stand up for this province, to defend those vital sectors and to stand up for every one of those jobs.”

Full dumb speech here. Thoughts:

1.) “…there are some in this country who, given the opportunity, would shut down major parts of Saskatchewan’s economy and put thousands of hard-working Saskatchewan people out of work…”

Very few if any environmentalists demand the immediate end of the oil economy. Environmentalists aren’t stupid people living in a fantasyland of rainbows and lilac-scented unicorn farts. Everyone realizes turning off the pipelines tomorrow is not feasible (everyone also realizes that plastics, which come from oil, are useful and fun). At the same time, climate change is real and scary as hell, and the world’s energy economy needs to change.

It’s not the fault of environmentalists that politicians and oil boosters spent the last 30 years doing “fuck” and “all” to address this real social and economic challenge, so maybe dial down the environmentalist bashing? Thanks!

2.) “…all in the name of some misguided dogma that has no basis in reality.”

What dogma, that climate change is real? Climate change IS real. Let’s go to John Oliver:

Case closed.

3.) “They would prefer that those sectors did not exist and that the thousands of jobs in those sectors did not exist. They look at those jobs like they are somehow harming the country and the world. To those people, my government has a message. You are wrong.”

Who’s wrong about what now? Reality is more nuanced than that brain-dead crap paragraph about make-believe environmentalist boogeymen suggests. But I guess when you’re a government overseeing a tanking, one-dimensional (resources) economy and rising unemployment, not to mention acting like you’ve got something to hide concerning a weird-looking series of land sales, you’ll take any boogeyman you can find.

UPDATE: I’m not the only person who’s annoyed. There’s a petition asking Brad Wall to stop being dumb.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth will never, ever pass up a chance to make a Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo pun.

10 thoughts on “Brad Wall’s Dumb Throne Speech Doesn’t Believe In Science”

  1. A simple acknowledgement would have at least been a start…

    BW seems intent on truly getting all ideological and conservative on our collective asses this term.

    Cant wait for the budget

  2. Brad Wall is wrong if he thinks the “other” of us do not care deeply about Saskatchewan. It would be great to see some leadership from him other than haughty denouncements. The people of Sask. are smart enough to know we must deal with a changing future. And sooner than later

  3. The comments here were sound and interesting — until the last one. Run out of vocabulary, Talbot?

  4. I enjoy the irony: Mr. Wall appears to declare climate change a “dogma” and “not based in reality” while simultaneously comparing Saskatchewan to American Exceptionalism and himself to American Presidents, while relying on “divine providence” to guide the government.
    I love Sask., but the ‘beacon on the hill’ analogy would be more accurate if we were actually leading the green energy charge. I might suggest Mr. Wall rather check out another adage for inspiration: “with great power comes great responsibility.”

  5. Oh man, I can’t believe we’re still arguing about climate change. (Take them away to the institute where they won’t have to deal with stickers on fruit and they can debate whether hats exist.) Meanwhile, back at the ranch, regarding the use of the “f’ word, I’m with Billy Connolly- A lot of people say it’s lack of vocabulary that makes you swear. Rubbish. I know thousands of words, but sometimes only “f” will do.

    Today my little rooftop PV system cranked out the electrons. A huge solar spill and no one got hurt. Here on the west coast where the sky is grey and gloomy most winters our house system still “manufactures” more electricity than we consume. It’s all about choices.

  6. The Saskatchewan Party: founded and funded by the oil industry, went through some start up pains then found an narcissistic oil salesman with at Type A personality to sell oil.

    [from @billyonion:] Common sense…Brad Wall presides over the biggest increase in resource revenues the province has ever seen, a windfall of astounding proportions, due to huge worldwide demand for potash, oil, uranium. He does NOTHING to diversify the economy, blows a 1.8 BILLION dollar surplus, posts FIVE deficit budgets in just 9 years, blows 1.3 BILLION on the carbon capture boondoggle, and still you think he has “common sense”. The only explanation I can imagine is that conservatism somehow became a religion, because only a true fanatic could witness this disaster and not weep for this province.

    But it’s hard to weep for the ignorant Wall groupies where ignorance is a choice and football takes precedence over your welfare. Take an hour and watch this video. Wall is a moron.

    http://about.bnef.com/video/liebreich-state-industry-keynote-bnef-global-summit-2016/

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