And now we fire the people who encourage us to make homes energy efficient

Nat­ural Resources Canada is elim­i­nat­ing 100 jobs, Postmedia's Kathryn May reports. Min­istry spokes­peo­ple say the posi­tions being cut were those man­ag­ing "sun­set­ting" pro­grams and that there are no new decreases to ser­vice cuts.

Don't you love the lan­guage? "Sun­set­ting." What could be more nor­mal or nat­ural than that. It hap­pens every day. Despite largely toe­ing the gov­ern­ment line, May at least delves into what exactly is fad­ing into the sun­set.

It's the ecoEn­ergy Retro­fit Homes pro­gram. With­out actu­ally say­ing as much, May's item notes that the gov­ern­ment has decided it's not going to encour­age peo­ple to make their homes more energy effi­cient. Can't be doing that. Soft­ens the mar­ket for tarsands oil.

Also dis­ap­pear­ing are pro­grams deal­ing with nuclear waste, mod­ern­iz­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries, eco-energy, and eco-trans­port.

And now, there are going to be 100 fewer jobs at NRCan. 

Mean­while the Harper gov­ern­ment is pour­ing on the PR offen­sive over its efforts to squeeze oil out of sand in Alberta - includ­ing brand­ing peo­ple who ques­tion the envi­ron­men­tal impact of it 'ene­mies of Canada'.

Could there be a gov­ern­ment more at odds with its own pop­u­lace on the envi­ron­ment, and con­ser­va­tion, to name a few?