Shh! Let’s Not Dare Say A Word About Climate Change During a Climate Catastrophe
From Doug Draper
Posted June 1st, 2016 on Niagara At Large
My answer to the question on this bumper sticker, which I recently found at one of the nicer independent book stores in our greater Niagara region, is; ‘Apparently quite a few if you are living in Alberta, Canada, or if you are living elsewhere in Canada and have been pressed into believing that we ought not talk about climate change increasing the risks of wildfires when there is a wildfire in progress and ravaging communities around the Alberta tar sands.
Canada’s Green Party leader Elizabeth May was recently accused by some of the old, stuck-in-the-tar, climate denier Harper Tories of ‘politicizing a tragedy’ for saying that the unusually warm and dry conditions that set the stage for the Fort McMurray wildfires have something to do with climate change.
It is like every time there is a mass shooting in the United States, the National Rifle Association immediately comes out with a statement that now is not the time to talk about gun control. Now is the time to mourn the victims of gun violence.
Forget about any possibility that the extraordinary incidence of gun violence in the United States has a lot to do with how successfully the NRA has lobbied against any kind of gun control, right up to and including keeping people who are manifestly unbalanced or even anyone who is on the FBI’s terrorist watch list from purchasing a hand gun, or banning the sale of assault weapon with magazines that can hold dozens of bullets at a time.
Meanwhile, back in Alberta, we have a premier in the name of Rachel Notley who is still pressing Ottawa to build pipelines to move pipeline tar to shipping ports on Canada’s east and west coasts.
Notley also got bothered earlier this year when federal members of New Democratic Party she is part of tabled something called a “Leap Manifesto” which recommended, among a list of ways of addressing climate change, not taking any more tar out of the ground.
Notley can’t seem to come to terms with the idea that in the long run, extracting and piping more tar off to refineries in places like China and Texas is almost literally like pouring more gas on an open fire.
So how many climate catastrophes does it take for us to change?
The outer reaches of our earth’s atmosphere may be the limit if we can’t bring ourselves to discuss climate change while catastrophes like the one in Alberta go on.
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