...than Dion. From a COMPAS Poll conducted for the Financial/National Post:
On a 100-point report-card-style scale, business leaders gave Mr. Dion a grade of 38 on his past performance as Canada's environment minister. Present minister Ms. Ambrose does not fare much better, with a 43.
The poll is mostly depressing reading. For example, only 9% of our financial poobahs support Dion's promised resurrection of the Kyoto accord. But we must find Hope where we can, and there is a little in the survey:
1) 72% rejected the idea that environmental policy should be constrained by its impact on the oil and gas sector. In other words, if the oil patch has to take a hit, so be it.
2) 38% strongly rejected the idea that Canada should wait for more evidence before making a large effort to stop greenhouse gases, while 25% embraced it strongly. Only 9% adopted a middle position. A plurality think that enough evidence is in to act.
The Natty Post article ends with one of the survey participants taking a shot at the notion of a scientific consensus:
Remember at one time the leading scientists had a consensus that the Earth was flat.
To which the proper response is that leading scientists now have a consensus that the Earth is round. I wonder if anyone would ready to suggest that the FlatEarthers had it right in the first place?
Maybe one of our business leaders?