Canadian scientists are taking to the streets in protest of the Harper government's latest cuts to scientific research and its increasingly backward environmental policies.
Over the last several weeks, the government has shut down major research institutions such as the iconic Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), eliminated funding for the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Science, and passed a budget bill which cuts government jobs for scientists and scraps pollution control programs.
The Harper government has made no bones about the energy future it envisions for Canada. Alberta's oil sands lay at the center of not only the government's energy plan, but also its economic plan. Now, it is becoming abundantly clear that if environmental protections get in the way of this plan, they wil be removed. Hence Canada's withdrawl from the Kyoto Accord and its awful record at international negotiations on a new, legally-binding climate pact.