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Tuesday, March 01, 2005
The Editor
The Lethbridge Herald
P.O. Box 670
AB, T1J 3Z7 

Re: Climate Change Conspiracy 


David Suzuki rails against questioning climate change science as the product of conspiracy theorists. (The Herald, Feb. 27). 

Pressure to sell climate change theory and action to control greenhouse gases is intense, unrelenting and something to be wary of. Canada has embarked on a series of measures to control greenhouse gases which are so far ineffective. We can expect many more. Canadians must legitimately wonder whether this frenzied activity is the result of conspiracy, or if they are being crushed by a crowd of lemmings following impetuous leaders to some brave new world.

I encountered, just a couple of days ago, a new association. It is dubbed KyotoSmart (www.kyotosmart.net). The member list reads like a Who¹s Who of organizations in Canada with a vested interest in the climate change issue.  

Most interesting is the last member on the list, the Sage Foundation. A website is not listed. A charitable organization called Sage Centre does have a password-protected website (www.sagecentre.org). It identifies Sage Centre as the operating name for the Sage Foundation. Its executive director is Tim Dramin, also the executive director of the Tides Foundation (www.tidescanada.org) which funds the David Suzuki Foundation, Sage Centre, Sierra Club of BC Foundation and many other environmental organizations. A news release at KyotoSmart also makes reference to Louise Comeau as director of the Sage Climate Project. Ms. Comeau once led climate change activity at the Sierra Club of Canada and then at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

The linkage of organizations I just outlined reminds me of Michael Crichton’s novel State of Fear. He postulates an evil environmental conspiracy using climate change to further many causes. He concludes, in extensive supplementary notes based on his research, the potential effects of human induced climate change are highly uncertain.

I’ll leave it to others to investigate the possibility there is a conspiracy of environmental interests. In the meantime Canadians need to be wary of those who would like to muzzle debate and the media on the issue.


Yours truly, 


Duane Pendergast


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