Friday, February 01, 2013
Stephen Harper and the Con Deniers
It is without a doubt the weirdest weather I have ever experienced. One moment the lake was frozen.
The next moment it wasn't.
Toronto and London hit record highs of 14 C on Wednesday morning while Windsor saw a 15 C high early in the day, shattering the Jan. 30 record of 9.5 C set in 1988.
But one thing remained the same. Once Lake Ontario almost touched the bottom of that snowy platform. Now it's down more than two feet, in just two years.
And the same thing is happening in the other Great Lakes.
Steadily dropping water levels in the Great Lakes threaten to leave the Canadian economy high and dry as shipping routes evaporate and water dependent industries shut down, costing billions of dollars, according to one expert.
Which makes me wonder what could happen if water levels keep falling? And how on earth could Norm Kelly, the person in charge of preparing Toronto for climate change, be a climate change denier?
That Kelly gets his information from people who conflate climate scientists with murderers might be amusing if he were a city accountant or garbage collector. But he is the chair of Toronto’s parks and environment committee. He’s in charge of our city’s environmental plans. And, when it comes to climate change, he’s the captain of our ship — decisions he and his committee makes will either protect us or make us vulnerable to what lies ahead.
When the predictions for the Toronto of 2040 are so ominous.
Scorching summers during which the maximum average temperatures are 44 degrees, compared to today’s 33 degrees. Instead of 20 days above 30 degrees, there will be around 66. Five times as many summer heat waves as we now have, and a humidex that rises to 56.5 degrees.
And it could be hotter than hell. Or Sydney, Australia.
But then the old Con Norm Kelly isn't the only climate change denier holding our fate in his hands.
So is Stephen Harper...
Who told his swooning Con caucus the other day that his priorities were pride, family, the economy, and of course CRIME FIGHTING !!!
You know these urgent priorities.
But somehow forgot to mention the threat of climate change, even as it closes in on us like a warm breeze in January. Even as the genteel Sierra Club calls for civil disobedience.
We are watching a global crisis unfold before our eyes, and to stand aside and let it happen — even though we know how to stop it — would be unconscionable... It couldn’t be simpler: Either we leave at least two-thirds of the known fossil fuel reserves in the ground, or we destroy our planet as we know it. That’s our choice, if you can call it that.
Because of course Great Tarry Leader is just a tool of Big Oil, who would put short term profits before the future of Canada and the planet, and let nothing stop him from selling us out to foreign interests.
Oh well. Think of it this way. Climate change wasn't a factor in the last election, but I'm pretty sure it will be a burning issue in the next one.
And aIthough I really liked this billboard, that imagined in 2009 what Harper might look like in 2020...
I'd rather imagine what he will look like when we defeat him in 2015.
Because I bet you he looks even worse eh?
Organize, unite, just do it.
Drive that dangerous climate change denier from office.
Before he melts us all...
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