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Dear Everyone, My name is Naomi. I am Canadian. I worked for Environment Canada, our federal environmental department, for several years before our current Conservative leadership (under Stephen Harper) began decimating environmentalism in Canada. I, along with thousands and thousands of federal science employees lost any hope of future work. Their attitude towards the environment is ‘screw research that contradicts the economic growth, particularly of the oil sands’. They have openly and officially denigrated anyone that supports the environment and opposes big-money oil profit as ‘radicals’ (/7wwf8dp).
Every day in Canada, new information about their vendetta on science and the environment becomes quietly public and keeps piling up. I have been privy to much first-hand information still because I retain friendships with my ex-colleagues (though my blood pressure hates me for it). While I was working there, scientists were effectively muzzled from speaking to the media without prior confirmation with Harper’s media team (/7bnsqp4) – usually denied, and when allowed, totally controlled. Scientists were threatened with job loss if they said anything in an interview that was not exactly what the media team had told them to say. This happened in 2008. The public didn’t find out for years.
The new clean-power plant is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about one million tonnes a year—the equivalent of taking more than 250,000 vehicles off Saskatchewan roads each year.
The new Boundary Dam facility near Estevan will be built by SaskPower, the provincially owned utility. The current facility is SaskPower’s largest generating facility, with six units and a combined generating capacity of 823 megawatts.