Both sides

Ladies and gentlemen, behold our new Ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft.

I think that both sides have their own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science.

She is a “business consultant”, her husband is the CEO of a coal company, and they donated $2 million to the Trump campaign.

I wonder if she thinks her dodge was clever? Because it wasn’t.


  1. says

    I wasn’t expecting much when I heard that she had been appointed, but I was shocked by how quickly she ended up stepping in it. The coverage, and comments, I have seen haven’t been terribly kind.

  2. waydude says

    She could be your regular science denying stooge, but there are a lot of people that just don’t care to follow the science and get their news from their bubble, I can see how ‘both sides of the sciences’ or whatever mumbling word salad she said, can be true fro her. But it’s just ridiculous that any high level government employee in 2017 isn’t familiar with the number one threat to not only our economy and lifestyle, but to our very existence.

  3. blf says

    ‘This is a really big deal’: Canada natural gas emissions far worse than feared:

    Pioneering peer reviewed study measured methane emissions from oil and gas infrastructure in two regions in Alberta: ‘If we thought it was bad, it’s worse’

    Alberta’s oil and gas industry […] could be emitting 25 to 50% more methane than previously believed, new research has suggested.

    The pioneering peer reviewed study, published in Environmental Science & Technology on Tuesday [17 Oct], used airplane surveys to measure methane emissions from oil and gas infrastructure in two regions in Alberta. The results were then compared with industry-reported emissions and estimates of unreported sources of the powerful greenhouse gas, which warm the planet more than 20 times as much as similar volumes of carbon dioxide.

    “Our first reaction was ‘Oh my goodness, this is a really big deal,” said Matthew Johnson, a professor at Carleton University in Ottawa and one of the study’s authors. “If we thought it was bad, it’s worse.”


    In one region dominated by heavy oil wells, researchers found that the type of heavy oil recovery used released 3.6 times more methane than previously believed. The technique is used in several other sites across the province, suggesting emissions from these areas are also underestimated.


    Researchers said they have already begun presenting their findings to various levels of government, depicting it as a chance for industry and regulators to more effectively tackle emissions of methane […]

    I’m curious what the other side would be — even moar methane should be emitted / leaking? (The article notes the value of the escaping methane is around C(?)$350m and could supply all of Alberta’s needs.)

  4. cartomancer says

    Does the New World have any political interviewers who aren’t feeble, mewling pushovers like this one? I’m trying to imagine how the ambassador would fair against Paxman or Stephen Sackur or Andrew Neill if she said something that banal and unsubstantiated. Is there no culture in the Canadian media of holding politicians to task?

  5. zibble says

    It’s depressing that they don’t even care to be clever anymore. It used to be that conservatives had to work hard on their propaganda to trick citizens into betraying their families and their communities so that corporate thieves could loot the treasury. Now they don’t even bother.

  6. sparks says

    Just like a sack full of wet hammers. Both of ’em. To quote Edward G. Robinson in “Soylent Green”: “My God, how has it come to this?”

  7. WhiteHatLurker says

    Hmmm. I see from wikipedia that she’s been married three times, divorced twice. Another thing she has in common with her boss.

  8. chrislawson says

    By current Republican standards even saying that the scientific argument is worth “appreciating” makes her unusual.

  9. brett says

    Giving easy Ambassador positions to top fundraisers is pretty typical for Presidents. I don’t think they’re even really expected to do a lot in a position like Canada, aside from hosting parties and doing ceremonial state functions (the embassy staff does all of it). Oh, and not embarrassing the US, which she’s failed.

  10. Rob Bos says

    “I represent the president of the United States”.

    That’s strange, I thought the US ambassador represented the United States.

    I feel a little insulted that this numpty is the US representative to us. But on the other hand, I wonder if our ambassadors are wondering how they can take advantage of her.

  11. What a Maroon, living up to the 'nym says

    She really doesn’t know anthropogenic global warming at all.

  12. Rob Grigjanis says

    cartomancer @4: You realize that is a very abbreviated version of the interview, right? I’ve been watching Rosemary Barton (the interviewer) for years, and she is no “feeble, mewling pushover”. Unless by “feeble, mewling pushover” you mean she is not an egotistical obnoxious blowhard like Paxman.

  13. jrkrideau says

    # 4 cartomancer

    We Canadians are famous for being polite.

    More to the point, this is Ambassador Craft’s “welcome to Canada interview”. I do not know if she has even been to Canada before. At least by Canadian standards, this not the time to expose her to a pit-bull attack. This would apply to pretty well any new ambassador or high commissioner. Heck, we would even be polite to the UK High Commissioner.

    More to the point, leaving the ambassador to our largest trading partner feeling mauled in her first week on the job, especial an ambassador who is reported to have close ties to the Great Orange One might not be the best of diplomacy. There is the possibility that the Orange One might independently see a clip the interview even if the Ambassador took the interview in good spirit. You may have noticed that he tends to take remarks personally.

    We, Canada, Mexico, USA, are in the midst of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that the Orange Baboon has declared the worst trade deal ever. Things are not going well.

    Independently of Mexico, we are involved in a number of vicious trade disputes. Thus the Canadian tradition is, “Do not sandbag the new ambassador before she gives her first diplomatic dinner”.

    That said, we don’t have the same “go for the throat” interviewing tradition. Pity.

  14. jrkrideau says

    @ 20 Rob Grigjanis
    So that is who she was.
    Thanks Rob. I don’t even own a TV so had no idea of who that was.

  15. jrkrideau says

    Question for the Murricans amongst us: Are US diplomats of ambassadorial rank usually career diplomats or political appointees?

  16. EigenSprocketUK says

    jrkrideau #21

    Heck, we would even be polite to the UK High Commissioner.

    Aim higher: Get her boss Bozo Johnson (our Foreign Secretary) to visit, and be so ridiculously polite to him that he suspects you’re all laughing at him. He needs to know that the whole world is laughing at him, not just most of the UK. Canada – do your duty. Her Majesty Expects.

  17. TheGyre says

    There are two sides to a sea wall, too. As the sea levels rise I wonder which side she would prefer her home to be on?

  18. blf says

    Are US diplomats of ambassadorial rank usually career diplomats or political appointees?

    Yes. Historically (broadly, in modern times, before hair furor) it varied considerably, albeit there was a tendency for less-sensitive posts to be rewards (political appointees) and more-sensitive to be competent (diplomatic experience (not necessarily career diplomats)). Some of the typically-reward countries have, on occasion, complained about the continuing series of (diplomatic-)eejits, occasionally with success (for at least one appointment).

    Apologies for the lack of references or specific examples.

  19. Pierce R. Butler says

    blf @ # 26: … lack of references or specific examples.

    A particularly fine specimen would be F. D. Roosevelt’s ambassador to The Court of St. James (aka the Brits) as World War II broke out, one Joseph Kennedy, Sr. A major bootlegger who successfully laundered his blood-soaked millions, in part by generous donations to the Democratic Party, ol’ Joe seemed to take great pleasure from informing just about everyone he met that the United Kingdom had no chance against the Third Reich, so they might just as well pack it in and pre-emptively surrender. His Majesty’s Government found that rather unhelpful.

  20. Rich Woods says

    @Pierce #27:

    It’s worth mentioning that Kennedy was forced to resign shortly thereafter. And good fucking riddance to him.

  21. unclefrogy says

    I’m starting to think that Trump has a weird obsession with the name Kelly.

    which is a just another symptom of it

    uncle frogy

  22. busterggi says

    Oh sure, she weaseled out of giving a meaningful answer but her ability to speak Canadian far outweighs her stupidity.

  23. Rob Bos says

    @numerobis #32: Yes, we have our share of climate deniers. Especially in the oil industry, especially in Alberta, but the winds are currently blowing in our favour. We have a government that is at least tepidly acknowledging the science on the issue and is not actively working against efforts. It’s an improvement over the last bunch.

    Canada’s CO2 production is one of the worst, if not the worst, per capita in the world, and we’re working on it. The best hope for us at this point is a rapid drop in fossil fuel demand.