Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Planet Burners
He would have us believe that terrorism is a greater threat than climate change. But with every day that passes the burning planet proves Stephen Harper wrong.
For imagine what might happen if a city of 20 million people runs out of water.
South America’s biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn’t rain soon. São Paulo, a Brazilian megacity of 20 million people, is suffering its worst drought in at least 80 years, with key reservoirs that supply the city dried up after an unusually dry year.
Because of the effects of deforestation and climate change.
Imagine the catastrophe in a megalopolis as big as São Paulo...
São Paulo residents should brace for a “collapse like we’ve never seen before” if the drought continues, warned Vicente Andreu, president of Brazil’s Water Regulatory Agency.
Dilma Pena, chief executive officer of Sabesp, the state-owned water utility that serves the city, warned last week that São Paulo only has about two weeks of drinking water supplies left.
Where these pictures tell the story.
Or imagine what it must feel like in Australia where a spring heat wave is breaking records and the country just keeps getting hotter and hotter.
Australia’s summer doesn’t start until December, but the country is still baking in a record-breaking spring heat wave. On Saturday, Australia’s average high temperature of 97.5°F broke the record for the hottest October day since record-keeping began in 1910.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, this weekend’s heat wave set records for daily high temperatures at 20 stations throughout the country. The town of St. George reached a high of 108.6°F on Sunday, and the suburbs surrounding Ipswich and Brisbane hit 106°F.
But even though his people are broiling like chickens, or chooks as they call them there, the country's climate change denying Prime Minister is doing nothing to fight the problem.
Despite this extreme heat, however, Australia’s federal leadership has done little to address the threat of climate change. Instead, the country has cut funding for key climate groups and initiatives since Prime Minister Tony Abbott took office in 2013.
Abbott’s administration eliminated Australia’s Climate Commission, an independent panel of experts which used to receive government funding to study the impacts of climate change (the group got enough private funding to come back as the Climate Council, and continues to publish).
This month, Abbott’s administration also proposed to cut the country’s renewable energy target, a cut that the BBC reports is likely to hit Australia’s renewable energy companies.
You know, Tony Abbott, Stephen Harper's best buddy. The man who calls our climate change denier a "beacon."
And once called Canada CANADIA...
Now imagine what Harper tells Abbott when the two men get together for a sweaty session of mutual admiration.
Answer: We're number one !!!! Or NUMBER 58 !!!!!!!
Canada is dead last among industrialized nations in a new climate change performance index. "Canada still shows no intention on moving forward with climate policy and therefore remains the worst performer of all industrialized countries," says the report released by Germanwatch, a sustainable development advocacy group.
Now imagine the forests of British Columbia burning like hell fire, or Alberta slowly becoming a desert, or the lush fields of Saskatchewan turning to dust, or the East locked in the icy chill of another polar vortex...
Like the one last year that reduced the mighty Great Lake where I live to this little patch of open water filled with dying birds.
And then ask yourself will climate change be a major issue in the next election? And the answer to that one is you better believe it.
If only for the sake of the children. Who will cry out one day:
"What have you done? What were you thinking? How greedy could you be?"
Climate change is coming at us faster than anyone imagined. And it's really this simple:
We must do what we must to defeat that criminal Con climate change denier.
Who would fiddle as the planet burns.
Before his madness consumes us all...
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