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‘Veracity crisis’ extends to climate change

Re: “Let’s just stick to the facts, Premier,” column, Feb. 9. I hope Les Leyne is correct that the public has recognized the “veracity crisis,” and will no longer tolerate the stench of misinformation that has become so obnoxious both in the U.S.

Re: “Let’s just stick to the facts, Premier,” column, Feb. 9.

 

I hope Les Leyne is correct that the public has recognized the “veracity crisis,” and will no longer tolerate the stench of misinformation that has become so obnoxious both in the U.S. and in B.C.

While Premier Christy Clark’s lie regarding her party’s website screw-up is disturbing, calculated and ongoing misinformation regarding climate pollution is worse. Clark continues to make the ridiculous claim that urban highway expansion reduces climate pollution, and even uses government staff to incorporate her misinformation into environmental assessment documents.

It is well-known that you can’t build your way out of congestion, and wider roads lead to worse congestion and more climate pollution. The fact is that projects such as the McKenzie interchange in Greater Victoria and the $3.5-billion-plus George Massey Tunnel replacement on the Lower Mainland would make the climate crisis worse.

Another fact is that the B.C. Liberals promised bus lanes on Douglas Street and the Trans-Canada Highway to the West Shore “soon” in 2008. The veracity crisis and the climate crisis are connected, and it is time to demand truth and real climate action.

Eric Doherty

Victoria