NRSP to hold Governments Accountable for Environmental Review Processes


    OTTAWA, April 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Natural Resources Stewardship Project
(NRSP) announces the launch of its second campaign, the "Science Audit
Centre".
    Like NRSP's first and on-going initiative, "Understanding Climate
Change", audit centre activities will be led by NRSP Chair, Dr. Timothy Ball.
As an environmental consultant and past climatology professor at the
University of Winnipeg, Dr. Ball has, for many years, conducted environmental
science reviews, most specifically related to climate change, water management
and pollution control.
    "Governments must be held more publicly accountable for their
environmental policy decisions," said Dr. Ball. "Their plans must be subject
to unbiased, transparent and scientifically rigorous hearing processes in
which experts from all sides of environmental issues are invited to testify
along with the affected parties."
    While NRSP will tackle a variety of topics as part of the Science Audit
Centre campaign, it is particularly concerned that government strategies
designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions are not being subject to
appropriate review by leading experts. As a consequence, costly plans are
being forced onto taxpayers without appropriate consideration of their actual
implications for the country.
    "Tax dollars must not be squandered on feel-good 'green' plans that have
little basis in real science," said Dr. Ball. "This approach only hurts the
economy by diverting tax dollars away from important environmental issues
where attention is needed."
    The recent committee hearings into the federal government's Clean Air Act
and the Kyoto Implementation Bill are prime examples of politicized processes
that entirely excluded experts on one side of the issue. These hearings were
symptomatic of an overarching problem in society - the yielding of government
and industry to the frequently unreasonable and groundless demands of
environmental activists.
    NRSP will select a range of current policy decisions and focus on the
actual environmental science review processes used. The intent is to highlight
good processes and bad processes, and ultimately to ensure that an effective
peer-reviewed mechanism - a science audit centre - is established. Similar to
fiscal auditing of decision-making, this is intended to ensure that where
governments use science as the rationale for decisions, the science is in fact
peer-reviewed, the process is transparent, and the range of views in the
scientific community on the issue is properly considered.



For further information: about NRSP, or to set up interviews with NRSP
participants, please visit www.nrsp.com or contact: Tom Harris, Executive
Director, NRSP, (613) 234-4487, tom.harris@nrsp.com; Timothy F. Ball, PhD,
Chairman, NRSP, (250) 380-7784, timothyball@shaw.ca