Thursday, May 05, 2016
Nothing Brings Out the Straw Men Like a Wildfire
There are a lot of curious minds who are denouncing "lefties" for gloating over the fate that has befallen Fort McMurray from early season wildfires. Kinsella did it yesterday. Even Trudeau implied it although, being Trudeau, he just skirted the whole thing. Gary Mason did it in today's Globe & Mail.
The problem is that the orgy of schadenfreude they depict exists only in the murky recesses of their minds. I live on the BC coast. We don't like the Athabasca Tar Sands. We don't like dilbit or the hazmat threat it poses to our marine ecology. We don't like governments, federal and provincial, on the "wrong" side of the Rockies that seem bent on pushing pipelines and supertankers down our throats.
Sure, we don't like any of that stuff. But I have not heard anyone expressing anything but sympathy and concern for the people of Fort McMurray and what they're going through. I went to a liquor store and a grocery store yesterday. Both of them were soliciting contributions at the till for Fort McMurray relief and the people I queued with were chipping in two bucks here, five bucks there.
We're from the west. We know what wildfires are and how devastating they can be. Remember Kelowna you nitwits? Hell even the coastal rainforest has lost most of its immunity to wildfire. Everything is drying out. Even on this island, logging crews get pulled out of the forests in the summer when the fire hazard goes extreme. The climate has changed. Forest fire season begins much earlier than it did historically and it goes on much longer. Fires become more common, faster spreading, harder to contain. And guess what? It's expected to get worse.
So Kinsella and Trudeau and Gary Mason, please, take your vile straw men and shove them right back where you found them.