Stop, go, yes, no!
NDP Cabinet Minister Murray Rankin wants to be on both sides of a vital issue. He congratulates University of Victoria students for partial success after an eight-year campaign asking the university to adopt responsible investment policies that exclude fossil fuels.
Rankin sits at the Cabinet table of a government that supports fracking, refuses to accurately determine fugitive methane emissions from gas fields, and is making massive investments for the benefit fossil fuel producers, even as CNN reports:
The last six years are now the hottest six on record, with 2020 on par with 2016 as the hottest year ever recorded.2020 was tied for the hottest year ever recorded
Murray Rankin must recognize inconsistency of the tweet directed to UVic students, while his government maximizes efforts to facilitate investments in fossil fuels. BC NDP tolerates vast amounts of public pension funds being invested with fossil fuel producers. Additionally, the BC Government has allowed natural gas companies to benefit from more than $10 billion in royalty reduction programs, and government ended competitive bidding for rights to exploit BC’s fossil fuels. Those tenders used to bring in more than a $1 billion a year.
In behaving hypocritically, each political “tribe” can argue it is serving a greater good: the furthering of its political goals.