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Public Service Canada "outraged" at government climate change cuts

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While 10,000 EPA employees signed a petition demanding Congress address global warming – and the muzzling of government scientists, here in Canada the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada has followed up with their own climate change demands.

In a press release sent out today titled: “Government Cuts to Science Programs Show Lack of Vision,” Michele Demers, President of the PIPSC stated that she was “outraged” to learn that affected employees were being asked to help manage the fallout of this latest announcement by explaining why their positions should disappear. “To ask an employees who is being told their work will no longer be required on a program to ‘spin’ the fallout of these incensed decision (sic) is the ultimate insult,” said Demers.

According to a Nov. 24, ’06 Globe and Mail story, “The Conservative government is planning a second wave of cuts to climate-change programs and is asking public servants to help manage the “fallout” by explaining why their positions should disappear.” Climate change program cuts will include 5 programs shut down completey at Agriculture Canada, with an overall budget cut of 50% to envrionmental programs within the department. Natural Resources Canada, which houses most of Canada’s climate change programs, will see $43 million cut from their overall budget and the estimated culling of 400 full-time postitions.

This all coming at time when poll numbers are showing a steep rise in public concern about environmental issues, and specifically climate change.

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Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmog. He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning. Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks. Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder. Prior to DeSmog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health. In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications. Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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