I can understand why Slippery Steve Harper shuns climate change as a vampire to daylight but for the life of me I cannot grasp why Michael Ignatieff has to go the same route.
Global warming driven climate change is here. Weather-related stories are on virtually every front page, every day. Not only is climate change the new staple of the news business, they're almost never good news.
The World Meterological Organization warns that the climate disasters that have plagued the world over the past two months are entirely consistent with patterns predicted by climate scientists. From the Toronto Star:
From smoke-choked Moscow to water-soaked Pakistan, a sweltering southern Ontario and the High Arctic, the planet seems to be having a midsummer breakdown. It's not just a portent of things to come, scientists say, but a sign of troubling climate change already under way.
..."There is no time to waste," because societies must be equipped to deal with global warming, says British government climatologist Peter Stott.
He said modelers of climate systems are "very keen" to develop supercomputer modeling that would enable more detailed linking of cause and effect as a warming world shifts jet streams and other atmospheric currents. Those changes can wreak weather havoc.
The article goes on with a survey of some of the weather disasters that have taken place of the past few months. Read more here.
Look, global warming is happening. It's not something to worry about in 2030 or 2050. It's already here and it's going to keep getting worse and much worse if we don't address the problem.
You can't support the expansion of the planet's filthiest fossil fuel disaster, the Athabasca Tar Sands, and claim to be serious about the threats climate change poses to the world and our own nation. In other words, you have to chose the Tar Sands or Canada. It's that simple.
What's it going to be Ignatieff, bitumen or the Canadian people, short term profits or the welfare of future generations? Once again you've planted yourself on the wrong side of an important issue but this time it's beyond important, it's critical and it's immediate.
Some devout Liberals claim the party can't afford to get rid of Ignatieff because that would weaken the party and hand Harper a majority. If that's what you really believe you have to get this guy to change his mind on the Tar Sands and get a grasp of the global warming problem. It's up to you to reset Iggy's priorities.
This is an issue the Liberal Party should absolutely own, one that is the LPC's for the taking. As Stott warns, there's no time to waste. Societies, including our own, must be equipped to deal with global warming. Our government hasn't begun to get useful, reliable information out to the public on what's coming and what options we have for adaptation and remediation. Harper has deliberately kept us in the dark and the Libs have let him get away with it.
Environment Canada has all the information we need. Force Harper to get that information out to the public and local authorities. Without it we'll be hard pressed to effectively assess, plan and implement solutions. That takes time and we've already wasted years thanks to an indifferent government and an incompetent opposition. There is no more time to waste.