I stumbled across this fascinating, short video by Shachi Kurl, talking about the government and polling.
We want our government to use data to drive their decisions – we don’t want governments doing things based solely on ideological positions or, worse, faith. So we’d presume government should take the responsibility to collect that data.
And they used to… but not so much anymore. The most blatant example of that was when the Harper government scrapped the long form census. But it’s been an insidious trend for a while now, spanning multiple governments.
But why would governments hamstring themselves like this? Check out Shachi Kurl’s take on it:
They aren’t for the people so obviously don’t want our opinions written down.
They represent all of us but they support a small elite.
Take this pipeline debate for example. Both parties support the investors. The investors support both parties.
They both agree that the world will be eventually weaned off fossil fuel consumption. This is bullshit.
All the economically obtainable fossil fuel will be consumed eventually. All the regulators can do is control the rate of exploitation. These regulators are, ostensibly, the government. They are not supposed to be the cheerleaders.
There is some level of fossil fuel consumption that will allow the planet to start reducing the atmospheric carbon content. This is what the regulators are supposed the accomplish.