House of Israel Party Environmental Policies
The fundamental environmental philosophy of the party can be summed up as follows:
1. Mankind has been given dominion over the other creatures, plants and the earth. This is our God given right and authority. The earth and life on it is for us to use. To use the mineral wealth of the earth. To drill for oil, plant crops, fish, mine and build. To harvest animals for food and clear forests so we can plant crops (Genesis 1:26-31). However, with this authority mankind has also been given the responsibility to dress and keep the earth - not destroy it (Genesis 2:15). To dress and keep means to make it more beautiful and to preserve and protect plant and animal species and protect the environment.
The party is not opposed to development, and is strongly in favour of job creation, and using the resources of our land for our benefit, and economic well being. However, we view mankind as a part of nature, whose responsibility is to dress and keep the earth. This means having policy that preserves the environment, and protects plant and animal species. Therefore the need to explore ways and means of working in harmony with nature, and not destroying the very environment we need to survive as a species, but still having a decent economy that citizens require for their well being.
2. The party promotes a common culture that is based on nature - not politics. It is based on the natural traditions that exist already in this land called Canada.
a) A number of our traditional habits are already very much in tune with nature. Love for nature, living in harmony with nature, and personal and environmental cleanliness are traditions, and are aspects of our common culture we support and encourage.
Simplicity in living and enjoyment is a cultural tradition, and has various ways of manifesting itself. You don't really need a lot of high tech gadgets, vehicles and equipment to enjoy oneself, and to enjoy nature.
Hunting is one of our traditional hobbies, which can't be allowed to die. Most hunters realize the need for habitat protection, and the need for regular culling of overabundant species, like deer. Many hunters are conservationist at heart. The party supports very stiff penalties for poaching, particularly poaching of endangered species.
b) Traditional arts which make up part of the overall package of party environmental policies are; animal husbandry, gardening (creating patterns and designs with vegetables and other plants), and growing flowers.
Growing flowers is huge in Canada. There is nothing like a bright flower patch to liven up the dull, artificial, city cement environment. It is something children can do, which will keep them occupied in summer.
c) One traditional sport is cycling. Many use their bicycles as a means of transportation to and from work, even in winter. Certainly cycling to work (if it is safe, and streets are not too busy, or fast) is better for the health and environment then firing up the old car. So look into how to accommodate more of this, by providing safe bicycle routes where practical, and needed.
Additionally the bike is really useful for those odd quick trips to the corner store.
d) Close to Nature is a cultural tradition encouraged. Our land is the second largest geographically in the world. Our population is comparatively small. Nature is everywhere in abundance. Little wonder one of our traditions is living close to nature.
e) Some traditional hobbies supported and encouraged that have to do specifically with party environmental policies are (b) bird watching , (c) camping out , (g) growing plants , (h) and planting a garden .
f ) Restrictions on the building of private elitist golf courses. Certainly golf courses are environmentally friendly. But, if more and more of them become elitist, and private domains - this land is taken out of circulation for many ordinary citizens. This in turn just puts more pressure on public courses.
3. This set of environmental policies deals specifically with certain trends, or potential societal trends that the party is opposed to, including growing pollution.
a) Animal rights The party is opposed to the domestication of wild animals, excepting caribou, and musk oxen.
b) Opposed to massive water diversions to the United States.
c) Policy doesn't approve of pets being treated as humans. Trends within Canadian society have been drifting more and more toward regarding animals, and particularly pets as having certain rights, similar to human rights. This is a disturbing trend. There needs to remain a clear distinction between man and animals.
d) Supportive of strict standards regarding pollution of the land, water and air.
4. Agriculture has a great deal to do with the environment. The basic agricultural policy is quite long and complex. Some specific parts of the agricultural policy that directly tie into the environment are now listed for you.
a) Policy to protect and improve the fertility and humus level in soils. Healthy soils produce healthy crops, and healthy animals who eat the crops, and this in turn produces healthy people (who eat the crops and the animals). There is no magic to it.
b) Soil fertility has been sacrificed to pay for the farm house. Therefore we will make the cost of the farm house a capital cost allowance.
c) The party supports putting in place laws that make it illegal to use straw (straw - not hay) into building materials, since returning straw to the soil is very important in improving the humus level of our soils.
d) Urban Wastes Community composting set up and government run where feasible and in the larger urban centres
e) Garden plots Incentives for land owners adjacent to larger urban centres to provide garden plots for city dwellers.
f) Rich Soil Areas Protected Rich soil areas protected from development in most cases - especially so in areas where agricultural land is at a premium such as in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Agricultural land reserves established and build upon the existing agricultural land reserves as of 2009.
g) Restrictions placed on foreign ownership of agricultural lands. Foreigners not allowed to own our agricultural land, unless they were immigrants. These foreigners offered citizenship, but if they refuse they will be required to sell their agricultural land. This policy phased in gradually.
h) Recycling Incentives for those who recycle and compost. Recycling program run by environment groups - hired by government, and government regulated.
Farmers are included with those who receive incentives for composting and recycling - this also includes other businesses. Programs administered by environmental groups hired by the government.
Composting or recycling not compulsory or legislated. Voluntary, strictly voluntary.
5. The following close to nature policies are important relative to the protection of the environment:
Habitat Protection - an environmental tax on land owners. Tax incentives for land owners to preserve wildlife habitat.
6. Economic Exploitation Canada's resources have been exploited so long that now in 2010 the non-renewable ones have been essentially plundered and gutted, except for abundant ones like iron ore, tar sands, and coal.
Since most of our easily accessible minerals have been gutted the HIP supports moving towards an economy based more on our renewable natural resources. There are still a lot of resources like gold and oil to be discovered, but these often lie in inaccessible areas, of are in the form of deposits like Oil Sands, which are costly to develop.
Since many of these resources are becoming scarcer we won't permit (with only some exceptions) the export of non-renewable natural resources in their unprocessed state. This includes things like coal, natural gas, oil, and potash, after existing contracts expire.
Many citizens are unaware of how quickly Canada's non-renewable resources have been and are being plundered. They seem to think the oil and natural gas will continue to ooze out of the ground in a perpetual stream. And they seem to think the minerals will last forever, and new mines will always be opened when the old run dry.
The natural gas won't last forever. It just won't. Therefore the need to control the rate of development of such resources, and especially to insure our own people have access to the resources first and foremost.
7. Raw materials are to be restricted as far as export is concerned.
8. Efficient use of energy
9. Buffalo and Reindeer
10. Hunting and Gathering
11. Factory Farming
15. We are to follow our own environmental standards - we will not follow any international environmental treaties or international environmental standards.
16. No carbon dioxide (CO2) emission controls put in place whatsoever. Industry may get involved in the technology voluntarily. We will not put in place or support a carbon tax.
17. No government incentives for consumers to purchase fuel efficient vehicles. No penalties for consumers who purchase vehicles that are not fuel efficient (that are so-called gas guzzlers).
18. The government is to give incentives for research and development into creating newer cleaner and cost efficient means of burning coal and for energy production. Government is to get involved in research and development itself - and is to use the most up to date and most cost efficient means of energy use and consumption within government institutions and state run institutions - with emphasis on the words cost efficient.
19. All government institutions are to get involved in recycling.
20. Transit buses are not to be left idling for too long (except in cold weather), but are to be shut off during long stops.
21. The Tar Sands developed at a more moderate pace. Foreign workers are not to be allowed to be brought into the oil sands to work except on temporary work visas, if there is a desperate shortage of labour - however, domestic Canadian workers must be fully exploited first and foremost before foreign workers are brought in on work visas.
22. One policy is to give incentives for Canadians to travel within Canada on their holidays. This refers strictly to vacation time. The details of this plan are yet to be worked out.
23. There will be strong support for an increase in the size and extent of the urban forest - but such a program would have to be administered efficiently.
24. Policy is to get out of the business of trying to change Canadian's environmental life styles and Canadian's personal consumption patterns. Personal household recycling will be voluntary and optional.
End of Environmental Policies
Global Warming ?
The earth is always changing and mankind is of the earth and part of nature. Some people want the earth to always stay the same, which it will not. The climate is always changing, but these changes don't usually occur suddenly, but over very long periods of time. We need to adapt to changing times and circumstances.
What we must avoid here in Canada is going into a fit of global warming hysteria. There are too many global warming Chicken Littles squawking that the Sky if Falling - The Sky is Falling. We do not need hysteria - we need reason and wisdom - but unfortunately there is very often a severe shortage of wisdom within the governments of Canada. Witness the government support of the Kyoto Accord, which is an unworkable and impractical scheme - in a huge and cold country like Canada.
My Big Concern
My big concern is not warmer weather. You know I live in Canada. I like winter, but I really won't be that upset if the winters here in Southern Alberta are a little milder. I really am not too overjoyed with -20 to -30 degree temperatures for weeks and weeks on end in winter. So spring maybe comes earlier now - that is fine with me. So the frost comes later in the fall - that is just fine with me - I can grow more flowers longer, and ride my bike more. I still like winter and the snow, but if Old Man Winter wants to be a little easier on me then I won't argue with him. I have seen how mean and tough he can be, so I don't mind a kinder, gentler Old Man Winter.
My big concern is this collective hysteria and paranoia regarding global warming here in Canada. When a collective hysteria grips a society the consequences can be severely damaging - and this is what we are looking at - a collective global warming hysteria. This can easily result in power crazed political leaders putting in stupid environmental policies just to win the election and please the environmental lobbyists. Unscrupulous politicians can just manipulate the genuine concern many Canadians have for the environment, and use this against us - to just use this to control us more and more, and tax us more and more. My big concern is that this will just give an already overly controlling government more excuses to just regulate and control us ordinary citizens more and more. This will just result in more loss of freedom for ordinary Canadians like me.
Some Final Thoughts
I would like to leave you with some final thoughts regarding the traveling habits of many Canadians. If so many of them feel global warming is such a dire threat to human life - then why is it that they don't stay home more here in cool Canada for their holidays ? Why don't they travel more in Canada and in Canada's North ? Don't you leave a smaller environmental footprint if you holiday at home, instead of jetting half way around the world every year ?
Are many travelers concerned about global warming, because they are worried the ocean levels may rise and flood out their favourite sandy beach in Mexico, Hawaii, Cuba or other tropical resort ??
I have had a little bit of experience with the sea. Used to live in North Vancouver, very close to the harbour. The sea is very powerful and it won't listen to us. It won't do you much good to spit into the ocean. One needs to respect the power of the ocean. And the pounding surf will just continue to tear away at the shore relentlessly, and if the glaciers in Greenland, Antarctica and elsewhere melt more and more this will only make the great oceans happier, and more powerful. Then they can tear at the coastline better, and expand their power. And powerful indeed is the sea.
I learned a lesson from the ocean.
We had traveled out to Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Looking west all you see is the vast shimmering Pacific Ocean. The waves keep pounding the sea shore. The waves create new patterns in the sand daily. The steady crashing of the waves on the shore creates a peaceful music or lullaby, which helps one get a very good restful sleep at night while camping out close to shore as we did.
I walked a lot along Long Beach at Pacific Rim, and really enjoyed the surf and the salty air. The waves just keep coming, and coming and coming. The sea is no quitter and is relentless. It was a great lesson to me. Never give up, don't be a quitter - be like the waves on the shore.
Just go for a long walk along the sandy shore in your bare feet, smell that salty air, and drink in the atmosphere. There are powers much greater than mans power, and the sea is one of them for sure. Who can tame the wild and ferocious ocean ?
So global warming caused by perhaps increased sun spot activity and perhaps aided by mankind's activities - may cause the glaciers to melt faster and then cause the sea to rise, which will then cause the sea to swallow up many low lying lands. Well that will just make the oceans happy. In nature the death of one brings life to another. The ocean teems with life. There is an immense variety of life along the seashore.
Traveling Abroad Eh ?
Even though the population of Canada is relatively small (34 million), yet at any one time around 1.5 million Canadians live and work abroad, and each year millions of Canadians travel all over the world for business, but mostly for pleasure. At any one time around 1.5 million to 2 million Canadians are traveling outside Canada (mostly for pleasure).
Canadian tourists still travel to the USA more often and in greater numbers than to anywhere else in the world. In 2002, there were more than thirteen million visits by Canadians to the USA. In 2005 there were around two million Canadian tourist visits to the US state of Florida alone. Remember the former Prime Minister Jean Chretien and his regular golfing trips to Florida ?
After the USA, Canadians journeying to Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba make up more than one-half of all visitors to those southern countries. This growing trend in southern tourism is expected to increase. In the first quarter of 2004, Canadians flocked to vacation destinations, especially the Caribbean and Central American sunspots setting a record for overnight travel outside the country. Visits to Barbados doubled to almost 60,000 and Costa Rica saw a seven-fold increase in Canadian tourists.
Canadians for the last few decades have constantly contributed the largest number of tourists to Cuba and this trend continues. A lot of Canadian snow birds travel annually for a winter break to Cuba. Canadian tourists travel freely to all parts of the island and apparently some say its beaches are among the finest in the world and the hotels with their food, drinks and entertainment, are world-class - so I hear some say, but I have no personal experience regarding such foreign jaunts. And then there is the sun, which from December to April makes the island a so-called tropical paradise (for the rich tourists).
So, why is it that many Canadians are so, so very concerned about global warming, while basking in the sun on the hot beach in some tropical country while on vacation ? Why don't they join me while on holiday here in Canada ? That is where I vacation, and I love the snow and I love the cold breeze of winter on my cheeks. I love winter. Will you join me here in Canada in a celebration of winter ? After all you don't like this global warming thing - right ? So you wouldn't mind joining me on a hike on a frozen lake in the middle of January - right ? You wouldn't mind waiting for the bus with me on a cold and blustery February day here in Calgary - right ? And you and I could go for an Arctic holiday in the middle of winter - to Yellowknife where we can enjoy the Northern Lights - right ? I want to take a trip down north sometime, so who wants to come with me ? I want to go for a long hike over the frozen tundra in winter - preferably during a winter storm - who will come with me to share the costs, and share the fun ? After all you global warming types - like and want it cool - right ? And I'm not joking folks - I am serious.
Why not create our own home-grown environmental solutions that are workable, practical, and which still support and nurture our economic well being, and especially solutions we are in control of and can change and fine tune to suit our needs - not the needs of foreigners ?
The public relations by the Canadian government at Copenhagen was a disaster.
Canada is a huge, cold, sparsely populated nation, and cannot be compared to places like Denmark or Sweden. Canada in square miles is roughly 232 times bigger than Denmark !!!
Canada's population density per square mile is one of the lowest in the world at around 9 inhabitants per square mile.
Therefore it should not take a Rocket Scientist to understand that we naturally are going to be using more fossil fuels per capita than most other countries, because of out immense size, very cold winter, and sparsely populated land - where owning and driving a vehicle is more often than not a necessity. Distances are vast, and communities often far, far apart. In the North communities are often so isolated that sometimes the only way to get in and out is by plane.
We also must import a lot of foods from warmer places with longer growing seasons. From places like California, Florida, Texas, Mexico and even from overseas. We are not a tropical country, and we have a short growing season, and so transportation costs are higher here. And the big trucks that haul the freight don't run on air - they run on diesel fuel. And the trains that ships goods to and from the ports also don't run on air, or wind power - they are diesel fuelled.
We are a trading nation, and it costs money and takes fuel to import and export goods. We are a trading nation, and much of our exports are natural resource based. You can't compare us to places like the Netherlands since we are 243 times bigger than the Netherlands, and the Netherlands has easy access to ocean going shipping.
At 9 970 610 km Canada is the world's second-largest country, surpassed only by Russian.
Our land is 3,690,000 square miles making it the second largest in the world. The population is only 34 million. We have the longest coastline in the world (151,485 miles). Nobody has more lakes or fresh water. Lake Superior, which straddles the Canada - USA border is the second largest in the world. Great Bear Lake is the 8th largest at 12,800 square miles and Great Slave Lake is the 10th biggest at 11,172 square miles. We have 33 lakes that are greater than 502 square miles in area. The Mackenzie River is 2,525 miles long.
Canada comprises 7% of the world's land mass, and 9% of its fresh water supply. Of a total of up to ten million square kilometers, over nine million are land and 755, 000 fresh water. We have the largest freshwater system in the world - Canada's 2 million lakes and rivers cover 7.6 % of the landmass. No other country has more lakes, or more fresh water.
Longest Coastline - Canada's coastline is the world's longest at 151,485 miles (including the coastline of the country's 52,455 islands). Stretched out as a continuous line, it would circle the equator more than 6 times (25% of world's coastline).
The world's longest inland waterway open to ocean shipping is the St. Lawrence Seaway-Great Lakes Waterway, which was opened in 1959. It is about 2,349 miles in length, from Anticosti Island to the head of Lake Superior.
The world's and Canada's largest park is the 10,648 square mile Wood Buffalo Park in Northern Alberta. It contains the largest herd of Wood Bison in the world.
Hudson Bay is the bay with the longest shoreline in the world and is 400,000 square miles in area.
The largest archipelago in the world is Canada's Arctic island chain, which cover 540,543 square miles.
The Trans-Canada highway between Victoria BC and St John's Newfoundland is the world's longest national highway at 4,860 miles.
Nature is everywhere in abundance. Forests cover from 37 % to perhaps up to 45 % of the country's land area. Canada has about 1,550,000 square miles of forest land.
Wildlife is extensive and varied. Great herds of caribou roam free in the North. Which means nature holds claim to most of the land.
Only about 8 % of the country is comprised of prime or very good agricultural land for farming.
In 1976, a report by the Science Council of Canada (Report no. 25, Population, Technology and Resources) states that - There is less land suitable for agriculture in Canada than is generally realized. Only 13 % of Canada's land (or 294 million acres) was suitable for agriculture, the report said. Of the land suitable for agriculture, only 19 % (55 million acres) was prime land (4% class 1 and 15% class 2 prime land) with the highest productivity and suitable for a wide range of crops. Another 23 % of all the land suitable for agriculture was capable of sustained production of common field crops (class 3), while 22 % was marginal for field crops (class 4), and 24 % was cultivated pasture (class 5).
And We Have Winter
We have a long and cold winter, and this writer has lived many years about 50 miles north of Edmonton, Alberta - I know all about winter.
One year the snow came in the fall in late October, and it stayed and did not melt until next spring in May - this was almost six months of winter.
One year we had a snow fall on June 9th, but it was not accompanied by frost, and did not harm the emerged crops.
Also one winter there was a record period of cold where the temperature never got above 0 degrees Fahrenheit for over 30 days straight.
Also one year I had a wonderful wheat crop, and it was swathed already, but just before it could be harvested there was an unexpected snow storm. And then the weather would not cooperate and so the crop could not be harvested that fall. It lay there all winter and was combined in the spring. This adverse weather just did not affect me, but many other farmers in that part of Alberta. I used to joke that I had my crop in the bank - in the snow bank !
It takes fuel - and money to pay for the fuel - to keep warm in winter. We do not live in igloos. We need to heat our homes and businesses through a long and often harsh winter. Therefore it is only natural to realize we will be using more fossil fuels per person, due to the weather. Canada is not India - or Mexico, where people can manage without central heating.
Businesses here also have the weather to cope with, and this drives up costs, and drives up demand for fuel.
Most countries do not have these winter weather challenges that we have. Therefore it is essential we create our own home grown policies on the environment and the climate to take into account our peculiar situation. It is a matter of personal and national survival for us to have ready, convenient, affordable access to fuels to heat our homes and businesses and for our means of transportation. And if this means exploited the tar sands for our benefit - then so be it.
Canada is only responsible for about 2 % to 3 % or so of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. We have about .50 % (½ of 1 percent) of the world's population. The world population in September is around 6.8 billion, and Canada's population is a little over 34 million - so just do the math.
And another thing that really gets me very upset is that so many people just don't seem to understand how big Canada is, and how many trees we have. Just last summer (in 2009) I and my family drove to Yellowknife in the North West Territories for a vacation. We live in Calgary, Alberta - it took me well over one day of fairly steady driving to get there. I drove for hours and hours on end and for very long stretches of the trip in Northern Alberta and in the NWT - I never saw any signs of human occupation of the land - not even any Indian villages or reserves. It is almost empty of mankind. Nature reins supreme. The forests seem to go on forever. And this is only one small part of the North - that we saw. And the global warming crusaders want to label Canada as an environmental bad guy - one of the big time polluters ??? These people don't have a clue about this country, and how big it is and how much nature we have here. And shamefully too many Canadians are also out of touch with just how big and rugged and wild so much of Canada is right now today. The North is BIG and RUGGED and WILD and nature rules not man.
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