Alberta Conservative MP Blaine Calkins was speaking to a group of schoolchildren last week in his riding of Red Deer—Lacombe, and doing the kind of hard-hitting local news we’ve come to expect, a CBC reporter tagged along to cover the visit.
The day went off without a hitch - no bozo eruptions or faux pas to be had, so CBC created one.
At one point, Calkins was asked about his opposition to the carbon tax. He explained:
"First of all, right now the current government is pointing at it as a tax on pollution. And whether or not you think carbon dioxide is pollution or not is, I still think, a question. I'm a biologist. I know that carbon dioxide is actually plant food, so there's arguments for and against."
This is grade 5 science, not at all controversial, except if you are a Liberal or work for the CBC - and I know, there is some serious overlap there! The CBC even sought comment from a climate scientist about the dangers of what Calkins said, and the PMO weighed in, asking CPC leader Andrew Scheer to denounce basic photosynthesis.
What do these people think plants eat? Cheerios? I’d love to see their gardens.
Today I’ll do some serious investigative journalism into the biological facts most 10 year olds already know, and show you some of the laughable outrage from the so-called “party of science.”
The real scandal here isn't that a Conservative MP thinks that plants eat carbon dioxide.