While there have been many things I have loved about life in Nova Scotia, the fact remains both government and populace are, by and large, short-sighted and afflicted with intractable notions of 19th century economics. If you guaranteed Nova Scotians jobs today but also guaranteed them that their grandchildren would find the province poisoned and uninhabitable if they took those jobs, I think most Nova Scotians would figure: Well, that’s their problem. With barely 1% of its native forests left, and almost no remaining old growth woods, the government of Nova Scotia continues to sanction the idiotic policy of biofuel, which involves cutting down slow-growing hardwood forests, grinding them to chips and burning them for electricity. And when I say “cutting down”, what I really mean is giant machines that look like archetypes of a “Terminator” apocalypse are used to rip everything from the forest, right down to the roots. It’s all ground up and burned, leaving nothing to even revitalize the soil. But in a country which has no required qualifications to serve in office, can one expect any different? The PEI Minister of Environment’s qualification is a real estate license. The Nova Scotia Minister of Environment is an avaricious, sniveling MBA. The Minister of Agriculture is a self-serving pawn of corporate farming. Soon, I think, Nova Scotia’s environment will be wrecked, all the traditional jobs like violin carving and woodworking will be gone, and so will the province’s legendary beauty which once made it a tourist draw. And that’s not to mention that hardwood forests are environmentally diverse and rich biomes that are being destroyed wholesale.