Climate Change

Drill, baby, drill = Burn, baby, burn

California is troubled with historic drought and during the summer heat dome, it suffered temperatures as much as 25°F above average. News media in North America has been paying considerable attention to the state’s wildfires, particularly one known as Dixie that has consumed over 700,000 acres and is only 35% contained.

But there is a jurisdiction that has had even more land touched by fire than California.

Government reports indicate wildfires have burned almost 50% more land in British Columbia than in California.

BC’s Five Largest Fires to August 20, 2021

2017 and 2018 saw over six million acres (2.6 million hectares) burned in British Columbia, the worst 24-month record of wildfire destruction ever recorded.

Maybe we should have been better prepared in 2021.

Certainly, given the determination of Canada’s federal government and three western provinces to accelerate climate change by producing more fossil fuels, we need to get ready for even worse fire seasons.

Just one thought. If Mother Nature has an evil sense of humour, might she arrange for the next fire that burns through a community to be in Jonathan Wilkinson’s North Vancouver riding?

Categories: Climate Change

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  1. “Jonathan Wilkinson’s North Vancouver riding …..” Careful what you wish for.

    After having recently talked to a retired DNV fireman (Chief), the only source that the water tankers would use to fight the fire would be Capilano Lake’s fresh water which is currently at its lowest recorded point since the 1950’s. Salt water is too far away, waves are too rough, and once its dropped on the forest and mixes with Capilano Lake waters ….. well Metro Vancouver’s filtering system wasn’t designed for the removal of salt.


  2. Mother nature is royally pissed at us, and the powers that be still don’t get it!!

    I love the digital artwork featured. Very telling, very appropriate. Thank you, Heather Clark.


  3. Have no doubt at some point, if not this year, in the not so distant future, that riding will burn. Having watched the fires on the mainland, it was some surprise when it was reported there was a forest fire in Ladysmith. Yikes. I knew it could always happen, but if that fire/wind picked up, Nanaimo and Ladysmith would be in for a world of hurt.

    Governments have a choice, stop the drilling or spend more money of fighting forest fires. Voters have a responsibility also. We are in the middle of a federal election and B.C. is burning. This isn’t going to get better so if politicians aren’t going to make changes then we as individuals have to in our personal lives. We need to stop and ask ourselves do we want to keep doing this fire thing or put a stop to it. We might give some serious thought to cut back on our purchases and use of plastics.

    I don’t see the Green Party as any help in any of this either. They wont’ form government and they can’t even stop in fighting to deal with the enviornment.


  4. Climate change, global warming, major conflagrations in the province, yet the premier goes on holiday.

    If anyone claims that the current provincial government cares about the environment or they are Green in any way, I got BRIC shares to sell them.

    The NDP’s remains deaf to the environment and despite towns being wiped out and tens of thousands of people choking on smoke laden air, a one Minister Farnsworth, foams at the mouth when property owners try to save their investments because they didn’t vote NDP, firefighters are not sent to their areas.

    The unpleasant truths with both Covid and the Wildfires is that Horgan’s NDP do not care and find the summer empty for photo-op sessions with the media.

    There ain’t good news to be had.

    The NDP’s fumbling of Covid could be forgivable because Ottawa dropped the ball as well, but this years wildfire season, no, not a chance, as the NDP were AWOL.

    As we enter a new age of climate change, government must make a series of unpleasant laws pertaining to the back country, fire reporting and fire fighting. This means a rethink on current mega projects in vote rich metro Vancouver, such as cancelling both the $7 billion Broadway subway and the Expo Line extension to Langley, with cheaper, $3 billion more environmentally friendly and more effective light rail and or regional rail.

    As Horgan’s attitude to the current provincial fiasco is to “get out of Dodge” as fast as possible, is testament that Horgan does not have the moral fibre to make tough decisions, thus the NDP do not have the moral fibre to recognize and deal with climate change.


  5. This morning on ‘NW, Mike Smyth took four back-to-back runs at Jagmeet Singh trying to get him to explain why he was criticizing Justin Trudeau for subsidizing fossil fuel extraction, but won’t criticize the same behaviour by John Horgan. Mr. Singh ducked, bobbed and weaved, but succeeded only in demonstrating that he’s more interested in playing politics on the issue than addressing it.

    Speaking of politics, does anybody think Smyth will ask Erin O’Toole four back-to-backs about why he ISN’T criticizing Trudeau for subsidizing fossil fuel extraction?

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    • Even our mainstream print news-media formally support Canada’s industry. News conglomerate Postmedia — for which Mike Smyth works/worked as a political columnist (for many years) — is on record as being allied with not only the planet’s second most polluting forms of “energy” (i.e. fossil fuel), but also the most polluting/dirtiest of crude oils — bitumen.
      [“Mair on Media’s ‘Unholiest of Alliances’ With Energy Industry”, Nov.14 2017,]

      Furthermore, in late May, Postmedia refused to run paid ads by Leadnow, a social and environmental justice organization, that expose the Royal Bank of Canada as the largest financer of fossil fuel extraction in Canada.

      During a presentation, it was stated: “Postmedia and CAPP [Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers] will bring energy to the forefront of our national conversation. Together, we will engage executives, the business community and the Canadian public to underscore the ways in which the energy sector powers Canada.”

      Also, a then-publisher of Postmedia’s National Post said: “From its inception, the National Post has been one of the country’s leading voices on the importance of energy to Canada’s business competitiveness internationally and our economic well-being in general. We will work with [Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers] to amplify our energy mandate and to be a part of the solution to keep Canada competitive in the global marketplace. The National Post will undertake to leverage all means editorially, technically and creatively to further this critical conversation.”

      Really, should the promotion of massive fossil fuel extraction, even Canada’s own, be a partisan position for any newspaper giant to take, especially considering its immense role in global warming thus climate change? And, at least in this case, whatever happened to the honorable journalistic role of ‘afflicting the comfortable’ (which went along with ‘comforting the afflicted’), especially one of such environmental monstrosity?


    • The fossil fuel industry and friendly governments can tell when a very large portion of the populace is too tired and worried about feeding/housing themselves or their family, and the devastation being left in COVID-19’s wake — all while on insufficient income — to criticize them for whatever environmental damage their policies cause/allow, particularly when not immediately observable. Indeed, I have not heard Greta Thunberg’s name in the mainstream corporate news-media since Covid-19 hit the world.

      Without doubt, this helps keep the average consumer quiet, lest they feel like and/or be publicly deemed hypocritical. Meanwhile, neo-liberals and conservatives vociferously criticize one another for their relatively trivial politics and divert public attention away from the planet’s greatest polluters, where it should and needs to be sharply focused.

      Neo-liberals and conservatives everywhere appear overly preoccupied with vociferously criticizing one another for their relatively trivial politics and diverting attention away from some of the planet’s greatest polluters, where it should and needs to be sharply focused. Granted, it appears to be conservatives who don’t mind polluting the planet most liberally.

      I find hope, however, mostly in environmentally conscious and active young people, especially those approaching or reaching voting age. In contrast, the dinosaur electorate who have been voting into high office consecutive mass-pollution promoting or complicit/complacent governments for decades are gradually dying off thus making way for voters who fully support a healthy Earth thus populace.


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