A day after the UN panel of climate experts reported global warming is dangerously close to spiralling out of control, British Columbia Premier Horgan repeated a bullshit claim that his government is on the path to climate justice, ensuring a secure future not just for us, but for our children and grandchildren.
Humans are “unequivocally” to blame, the report from the scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said. Rapid action to cut greenhouse gas emissions could limit some impacts, but others are now locked in.
The deadly heat waves, gargantuan hurricanes and other weather extremes that are already happening will only become more severe…U.N. climate change report sounds ‘code red for humanity’
John Horgan and his NDP colleagues want us to believe that British Columbia does not share the Earth with 194 other nations. They pretend BC can escalate production of fossil fuels and suffer no ill effects as long as consumption of our coal, gas and oil occurs elsewhere. Apparently, someone else will sacrifice “wealth creation” so humanity can survive.
It is not so easy. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that our part of the world will be severely impacted by worsening climate change.
Drought and wildfires and loss of fertile farmlands have already resulted in soaring food prices. It will get worse as California loses its place as North America’s agricultural powerhouse. That state produces “a sizable majority of American fruits, vegetables and nuts; 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots and the list goes on and on.”
Premier Horgan vaguely promises actions to meet “ambitious” targets that will build a cleaner BC. Perhaps that will be done by not counting emissions—a favourite trick of government and industry. But real action to cut greenhouse gas emissions would not involve offering subsidies and incentives to increase production of fossil fuels. A transition is needed from fossil fuels to non-destructive renewable energy now, in British Columbia, Canada, and the rest of the world.
Horgan’s hollow promises to fight climate change are matched by the idiocy expressed in Ottawa. Yesterday, CBC reported Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson’s defending the decision to put at risk Vancouver’s inner harbour and vast tracts of wilderness so that Alberta can increase production of the world’s dirtiest oil. According to Wilkinson, Canada needs an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline to fight climate change.
It’s like an alcoholic choosing to increase liquor consumption to ease the pain of waiting for a cirrhotic liver to heal.
I expect a 2021 federal election will be called days from now. Voters have a chance to change Canada’s direction. To do that, we must demand every candidate commit to:
- An immediate end to direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies,
- An end to income tax write-offs taken by financial institutions when fossil fuel investments and loans go bad,
- Carbon taxes applied to all industrial processes consuming fossil fuels,
- A 5% annual reduction in production of coal, oil and gas,
- No new or upgraded coal mines or export facilities,
- No imports of American coal for export,
- No new oil and gas fields,
- Major investment in green energy storage technologies,
- Massive expansion in geothermal, wind and solar power generation.
Party leaders will refuse those measures but elected caucus members can make them happen, if we elect the right MPs.
We know what needs to be done. Doing it might be painful; not doing it will be catastrophic.
Categories: Climate Change