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National Post: Climate Protectionism

Author: Peter Foster
March 20, 2009

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In terms of world trade, U.S. global warming policy and its eco-tariffs are Smoot-Hawley on steroids, Peter Foster asserts.

Excerpt: Canada's Minister of State for Science and Technology, Gary Goodyear, became the centre of a media kerfuffle this week over whether being an Evangelical Christian--and whether or not he believed in evolution--made him a threat to Canadian science policy. In fact, the story, which started as an ambush by The Globe and Mail, seemed to have been engineered by those with a fundamentalist faith in government funding.

Coincidentally, however, evidence that shining scientific credentials can accompany outright policy lunacy was appearing south of the border in a much more substantive issue. U. S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, speaking before a House science panel, suggested that trade duties might be imposed as a "weapon" to protect U. S. manufacturing from the United States' own climate policies!

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