Wednesday, June 19, 2019
A 'Little' Perspective, Please
One of the great lies hatched by the Oil Patch and gleefully adopted by the Tories and now the Trudeau Liberals is that, when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, Canada is just too small to matter. We don't make a difference. Sort of like 'no harm, no foul.'
Small we are. Barely one half of one percent of the global population - 0.5 % small. That, however, is a ruse.
When it comes to greenhouse gas emissions we're huge. Teensy little Canada is in the Top Ten for total greenhouse gas emissions. On a per capita basis, we're in the Top Three. And, with the new production, those numbers are bound to worsen. Why, we could be the Poster Boy for high carbon emissions. Little Canada punching way above our weight.
And, when Justin Trudeau gets that new, expanded pipeline through to the BC coast we're set to move way up the ranks. This time it will be the top countries for oil and gas production. This isn't about proven carbon fuel reserves. This is about production.
Canada is currently just a smidge behind Iran and China but the extra production that the Justin Trudeau Memorial Pipeline will facilitate will easily put us in the Top Four overall behind the United States, Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Justin Trudeau is going to fulfill Stephen Harper's dream of transforming Canada into an "energy superpower." And we're doing it with the highest-carbon, highest-cost, lowest-value variety of ersatz petroleum - bitumen. Real climate-wrecking sludge. And we'll achieve those laurels at the very moment that Earth is tipping into a climate catastrophe.
We do punch above our weight but we punch awfully low and that means it's back to Canada being a "climate pariah."
The good news is that climate activists are mobilizing, moving to undermine and block the petro-state and the carbon economy. Your government may be consigning your grandkids to the climate trash heap but you can fight back.
As veteran environmental lawyer, Farhana Yamin, put it last week, "normal politics has failed us. It has brought the whole planet to the brink of ecological disaster."
Yamin urges widespread resort to civil disobedience. We have to create a new political reality and time is not on our side.
Maybe you don't see civil disobedience as a viable option for yourself, not just yet anyway. The idea of possibly being arrested and slammed up is more than you can stomach. Well there's an easier way to show the Liberals and the Tories that we're not having this. Don't vote for the bastards this October. Vote Green. Trust me, I know, you'll feel better for it.