As the environment becomes a more potent political issue here in Canada, the denialists are coming out of the woodwork. Funny-man Linwood Barclay, in the Toronto Star, has a pair of columns this week about Al Gore’s carbon-spewing ways and the importance of a second opinion, respectively.

Gore waits for the lights to change. Then, when he gets his walk signal, he proceeds across Park, strolling past dozens of idling cars and taxis and trucks that have been brought to a halt. How many tonnes of greenhouse gas were spilled into the atmosphere, just so Al Gore could cross the street?