The CBC 5th Estate has chosen to rehash the same false and misleading statements about the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, specifically focusing the story on Russ George. Unfortunately, the CBC does the Canadian public a great disservice when we consider the real stories that could be investigated and reported when it comes to this topic. I am not prone to conspiracy theories, certain relationships keep showing up throughout the history of iron fertilization and the efforts of certain scientists, non-government environmental groups, government bureaucrats, and media. We see these same names showing up in international policy documents, scientific papers, Canadian government environmental policy documents, and the media. The perspectives and arguments they promote, over decades, have not, broadened perspectives, nor deepened understanding about the issues pertinent to iron fertilization: the toxic load of CO2 hanging in the atmosphere, the greening of the Gobi desert, the desertification of the North Pacific Ocean, and all marine life in the North Pacific impacted by anthropogenic climate change.
What I find the most troubling of the recent piece by the 5th Estate is the lack of rigorous intellectual, political, and scientific investigation. If the authors of the ‘Ironman’ piece had any real interest in iron fertilization or the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, they would have found a rich store of issues and possible stories to tell, that actually are much more important than another character assassination of Russ George. I expected more of the CBC.
Here are a few of the questions and issues that I think would be worth pursuing, if anyone cared to actually address the real dilemmas and conundrums we are facing:
1. First Nations sovereignty in Canada and Canadian environmental law;
2. Canadian environmental law and non-binding resolutions pertaining to iron fertilization passed by the London Convention/London Protocol;
3. Tautological scientific rationales and the non-binding resolutions pertaining to iron fertilization passed at the London Convention/London Protocol;
4. Non-governmental environmental organizations and the media: Incestuous self-interests that undermine the public good;
5. Non-governmental environmental organizations, scientific self-interest, and the politicization of iron fertilization;
6. Non-binding resolutions pertaining to iron fertilization passed at the London Convention/London Protocol, Canadian environmental law, and non-government environmental organizations’ influence on bureaucratic policy and practice: who is legislating environmental law in Canada? Who is interpreting environmental law in Canada? Who benefits from the current contextual conditions of selective environmental law applications, pronouncements, and the dismantling of First Nations treaties?
7. Propaganda, non-government environment organizations, and science writing: how can we tell if we are being fully informed or if the formation of our opinions of complex issues are being manipulated?
8. What about the London Convention/London Protocol: How did shift from being a resolution to protect the ocean from the disposal of barrels of nerve gas to the application of miniscule concentrations of iron-rich dust to a cubic yard of ocean?
These are the stories that should be brought to light and discussed in depth. The CBC has disappointed and is wholly undeserving in my tax dollars in their efforts to sensationalize a fictional narrative while ignoring the very real community and public service they could be offering, if they chose to conduct their profession and practice in an ethical manner.