It was the first day of my holidays, and I couldn't wait to go sailing eh?
But when Seb and I got down to the lake it was so hot all I could do was just stand there.
Then dive into the cool water to try to escape the suffocating warm wind.
And wonder, as I floated over the broken beer bottles, what will it be like when the planet is really burning? And of course, what have we done?
These weather events are not simply an example of what climate change could bring. They are caused by climate change. The odds that natural variability created these extremes are minuscule, vanishingly small. To count on those odds would be like quitting your job and playing the lottery every morning to pay the bills.
How could we ever have allowed those criminal climate change deniers to deny the obvious for so long? How could we ever have made one of those crazies a Canadian Prime Minister?
And let him drag us into his oily world...
How could we have allowed those wretched Cons to torch the future in the name of Big Oil? Or lead us to eventual economic ruin, as the world races to get greener, as it gets hotter and hotter. And we are left behind.
A dependence on fossil fuel resources is making the country vulnerable to a planetary “mega trend” toward low-carbon energy that “will affect the whole of Canada’s economy...The country will need to further diversify its energy sources, ensure that it has secure access to global markets and find ways to meet the growing demand for energy at home in ways that are environmentally sustainable and publicly acceptable.”
It's so depressing because as long as Harper and his gang are in power nothing will ever change. And by the time the Con regime is defeated it will probably be too late.
But what hurts me the most is the thought of the country we could have been. A better, smarter country like Norway. Wealthy, progressive, and petro-smart.
Beyond economics, Norway is an obviously fortunate place to live. It is routinely ranked number one in the world on the Human Development Index, is the world's best-governed nation according to the Democracy Index, and is the best country in the world to be a mother.
And in spite of being the world's third largest exporter of crude oil, Norway is ranked number three in the world on the Environmental Performance Index. Canada is thirty-seventh (behind Nicaragua, Albania and Colombia).
And while some Canadian politicians dismiss Dutch Disease -- an oil-driven currency eroding manufacturing exports -- as a discredited theory, the Norwegian government has prioritized avoiding this economic malaise for decades by strictly investing their oil wealth outside of their country.
But never came even close, because Alberta was too selfish, the Cons were the party of Big Oil, and too many Canadians were too greedy or too dumb. Or didn't wake up until it was too hot, too late, or reality bit them.
Which I guess at the edge of the searing abyss leaves Canadians with two choices. They can unite to drive the Harper Cons from power before they destroy this country, sell us off to foreign interests, and help destroy the world.
Or they can continue to live in denial. Pretend that global warming isn't happening, delude themselves into thinking that Stephen Harper is a great leader, and continue to believe that Canada is the best country in the world.
In that case may I suggest that they try to live near a large body of water like I do. So when it gets too hot, or they see a mosquito coming for them, they can dive for cover eh?
Woohoo !!! Good luck.
What else could go wrong?
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