Well don't get too excited. Lets look at what Mr Harper actually said:
"I've been very clear that decisions on these kinds of projects are made through an independent evaluation conducted by scientists into the economic costs and risks that are associated with the project."This statement sound more like status quo than radical change of position. He's worried about the economics not the environment. It seems like the press was so shocked to hear the word scientists come out of the Prime Minister's mouth that they didn't listen very closely to the words that followed it. And to be fair a tagline saying Stephen Harper will listen to science was just too juicy to not use.
Stephen Harper tempers message on Northern Gateway pipeline - thestar.com:
Harper defends independence of pipeline approval process
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