This weekend, Toronto and other areas of southern Ontario set all-time high records for temperatures in January. In response, short-sighted morons express glee about spring-like weather when it is supposed to be winter. They spout idiotic slogans like: “If this is global warming, I want more of it!” Meanwhile, severe winter storms in Newfoundland and Manitoba have caused much damage and suffering. This follows a year or so of various weather records being broken in Canada and other countries.
Of course it’s pleasant that Toronto isn’t currently buried in snow and ice, and that its inhabitants aren’t being blasted in the face by cold winds, but this short-term gain will result in long-term pain.
This is Canada. We are supposed to have winter, spring, summer and fall, then repeat the process. When that pattern gets overly disrupted, the results include damage to necessities such as: agricultural crops and other plants; fish and other wildlife; the ecosystem in general; food supplies; water systems; health; pest control; transportation; public safety; budget plans; and the economy.
Yes, the economy. Our seasonal industries (and many of our non-seasonal industries) are dependent on the weather being appropriate to the season and somewhat predictable. Massive swings in the weather throw everything out of whack.
Eventually people will have to get it through their heads that cleaner alternative energy isn’t just for tree-hugging hippies. Eventually these energy sources — along with energy conservation, reducing/re-using other products, and population reduction — will be absolute necessities. Continuing the old ways of doing things and hoping for the best will not be an option.
This November morning in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the weather was almost like summer, and tonight we had spring-like heavy rain. This is not normal, but it’s not as extreme as in some areas. There have been many signs all over the world that the climate has been changing, and those who deny it are fooling themselves (plus misinforming those who believe them).
Even disregarding the pollution and its effect on our environment, we can’t keep depending on non-renewable resources like oil and coal because there’s really not as much left as the energy corporations would have us believe. Those dirty fuels are only going to get more and more expensive in the long run.
Here is some inspiring news about a large solar power project in a territory of New Zealand:
by Peter Madden, November 5, 2012, on the Alertnet website.
The island nation of Tokelau switched on the third and final installment of its new solar energy grid last week, earning praise around the world as the first country to become entirely solar-powered — except it’s not a country.
Made up of three tiny tropical atolls — a few specks in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean — Tokelau is a dependent territory of New Zealand, whose government’s international aid and development programme advanced the $7 million to fund the project, aimed at replacing Tokelau’s diesel-powered energy grid.
Click on the photo, the title or the below link to read the whole article.
Yeah, I acknowledge that everyone, including me, depends on oil, gasoline and various other products made from oil every single day, but that doesn’t mean all environmental standards should be thrown out the window and we should let big corporations suck as much oil out of Canada as quickly as possible — primarily for the benefit of companies in other countries and sheltered elites who don’t give a crap about the mess they leave behind in Alberta, British Columbia or the Pacific Ocean. One doesn’t have to be an environmental extremist to understand that.
This video is a parody of a real ad for the oil company Enbridge. The parody version was originally published on the website of The Province newspaper, which is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. According to the person who made the parody video, Enbridge threatened to stop advertising with Postmedia publications if the fake ad was not removed. Money talks, so The Province took down the video.
Enbridge has been lobbying to build and operate the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would transport unprocessed tarsands oil from Alberta, through BC to the Pacific coast, where tanker ships would take that raw oil to totalitarian China to be processed and consumed.
Coincidentally, Enbridge is the company responsible for a few recent oil pipeline spills in Alberta. Not to worry, though. Alberta oil spills are “ethical” oil spills. They destroy the environment and harm wildlife “ethically”. Besides, BC is a different province, and piplines in BC would never spill, right?