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(en) Canada, Collectif Emma Goldman - Ville Saguenay and climate denial (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 12 Jun 2021 10:47:12 +0300

"As long as this remains financially optimal, fossil fuel producers have an interest in exploiting their reserves quickly and continuing to explore, in direct conflict with efforts to mitigate climate change. "(Zetkin Collective, p.295) ---- Despite the fact that the BAPE filed a devastating report on the GNL Quebec project, that did not prevent Mayor Josée Néron and her executive from trying to get a resolution in support of the project voted. Indeed, during the Saguenay city council in April, the mayor presented the following resolution: ---- "THAT the municipal council of the City of Saguenay support the GNL Québec project. ". ---- Uncomfortable with the initial proposal, outgoing councilor Simon-Olivier Côté found a little political courage (that's a change) to propose an amendment. The resolution which was adopted read as follows:

"THAT the municipal council of the City of Saguenay support the LNG Quebec project to the extent that it meets the environmental requirements of the Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, and to the extent that it is authorized by the government of Quebec. ".

What is interesting is above all the nature of the discussions. In three speeches, we can hear a concentration of populist and pseudo-regionalist speeches against a background of climate denial.

The former trade unionist and now district councilor in the Jonquière borough, Marc Crevier, opens the ball: "[...]I was in agreement with that[the initial proposal]. That we still include a second pair of mittens ... there are so many people who are doing everything to miss this project, I found that the first proposal was correct. Why give it more? Is it because we're afraid of looking bad? That's what I don't understand... ".

For his part, councilor Raynald Simard made the following statement: "[...]on the contrary, I saw a report on TV, a citizens' initiative, a citizen who set up a Facebook account. There are 23,000 people who are added in a week who have positively commented on the LNG project. It means that this project is expected and desired by the population. First, for the economic benefits, economic diversification, the fight against democratic degrowth, I personally support GNL Québec. ".

"The struggle for democratic degrowth", really? What a beautiful slip.

The clownish and former candidate of the Liberal Party of Canada, Marc Pettersen, continues:[...]the support that we should give is unequivocal support for the GNL Quebec project... I find that we are a little shy... we are for LNG, we are for jobs in the Saguenay Lac-St-Jean region, and that's what we have to work on[...]our role as elected councilors,[...]there are 38,000 part of a group on LNG there, we have an obligation to say that we are for GNL Quebec... no more than that[...].

For his part, Martin Harvey was content to give us the old regionalist tune: "[...]We realize that it is people outside the region who do not even pay tax here who come to tell us what. make[...].

The resolution presented by the elected members of the Democratic Renewal Team (ERD), and supported by a number of independent advisers, aimed to try to demonstrate a so-called social acceptability of the project. But in the end, this maneuver is only an xth presentation of this play over and over again in the region. This room where our little baronets roll out the red carpet and bow their heads in front of American capital for a few jobs, without worrying too much about the consequences in the medium and long term.

Climate negation

Sociologist Stanley Cohen distinguishes three forms of negationism: "Literal, interpretative and implicatory. If someone claims that a bad thing never happened when it does, their denial is literal: if they admit that it happened but don't recognize or underestimate its importance, it is interpretative. . The third form is the most insidious: here the facts and their gravity are known but do not lead to any reaction[...]"(Zetkin Collective, p.293).
The announcement of the construction of a third link and the shifting of the CAQ to the GNL Quebec project clearly classify Legault's troops in the implicatory category.

"Psychologists have shown that when individuals feel a loss of control, they are inclined to create illusory perceptual patterns to restore a sense of control: conspiracy theories are an option. (Zetkin Collective, p.302). This is what we have seen with the present pandemic. And now, these conspirators have found political links in the people of Maxime Bernier of the PPC and with the new leader of the Conservatives in Quebec, Eric Duhaime. On the issue of global warming, we know very well where Duhaime is staying ...

in 2020

in 2013

By denying the responsibility of humans for climate change, climate deniers, whether they are radio station hosts or the leader of an ever-more right-wing party, are freeing people from the pressure of change. They offer: "the possibility for people to continue to live as they always have done while sparing themselves the growing psychic conflicts of implicatory negationism[the facts and their gravity are known but do not lead to any reaction]in an increasingly hot "(Zetkin Collective, p.294).

Posted 17 hours ago by Collectif Emma Goldman

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