Coming Up to this Earth Day, with a Climate Catastrophe Looming …

All Ontario’s Ford Government can do is blow hot air about a four-to-five cents per litre “Carbon Tax” on gasoline.

Is That All Our Future is Worth?

Posted this Earth Day, April 22nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Foreword by Doug Draper, Niagara At Large –

Could this be ‘Ford Nation’ in the year 2014? Wonder how much this Ford supporter would be willing to pay for gas now?

A few weeks ago, after Niagara At Large posted another in a series of news commentaries on the Ford government’s obsession with spending large sums of our money fighting efforts by Canada’s federal government to put a price on climate-altering carbon pollution – what Ford and his allies like federal Tory leader Andrew Sheer, and newly elected Alberta premier Jason Kenny strategically call a “carbon tax” to make it sound like some poison pill the feds are trying to get us to swallow – one Niagara resident and NAL reader, Linda McKellar, shared the following comment.

We posted this comment on Niagara At Large at the time, but feel it is well worth repeating on Earth Day, along with the dramatic video message from the late great Carl Sagan that it refers to. Here it is.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford seen here, slamming the four-to-five cent “carbon tax” the feds are adding to a litre on gasoline as one way of reducing climate-altering carbon pollution. Here is a question you might want to ask Ford and his Tory MPPs. How about killing the more than 20 cents a litre in provincial taxes on gas while you are at it? Or does that go to pay for the salaries and expenses of Ford and his cabinet?

A Comment from Niagara, Ontario resident Linda McKellar on reports from a global team of scientists that we may only have 11 or 12 years left to avert a world-wide climate catastrophe –

So what does Ford do?

Open for business.

I don’t mind paying more for gas or a carbon tax if it enables me to breathe.
Somehow people think we’re immune from extinction. We’re not. Neither are the animals and pollinators we need to keep us alive in the chain of life.

It’s like (former U.S. senator and vice-president, and climate change fighting advocate) Al Gore’s frog analogy.

Put a frog in hot water and it jumps out…if it can. Put it in water and heat it gradually and it adapts up to a point and won’t jump out until the damage is done and it’s too late.

More people need to read Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” to realize how insignificant and stupid humans are and how lucky we are to have a liveable place called earth.

Maybe eons from now, some species will look back at our fossils and say, wow, were those extinct creatures ever stupid!

A Footnote from Niagara At Large –

Please click on the following screen, for a message from the late great scientist and environmentalist Carl Sagan –

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“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

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