Yes it's a real shame but as a Dad (and someone who actually gives a shit beyond thd Canadian boarder) myself I'm massively more concerned about climate change than I am emotional about the personal loss from fire.
Flip I would argue that this thread is exactly where my comments need to be. As difficult as it is for some to cope with… Post this somewhere else and the link won't be made and you just get the usual "I like warm weather" from morons.
It's like with 9/11. Anyone who mentioned US foreign policy after the attack was an unpatriotic traitor. Almost everyone jumped on the emotional response that we should bomb the bastards etc. 15 years on things are very different. Same thing with this. Even if all the tarsands being processed will only equal 0.5 degrees, it's all accumulative.
1 - you are sounding very self righteous in your posts and not providing commentary in the form of dialogue or ideas but rather doctrine (i.e you are right - everyone else is wrong).
2 - anyone living a comfortable, western life style is complicit in global warming. The oil sands are a symptom - not the disease. The disease is consumer driven capitalism and the sense of entitlement people have to new stuff - lots of stuff - and experiential living (ski hills, heli-skiing, kayaking etc). These things all generate waste and consumption that is unnessecary from the point of view of maintaining human life per Maslow's hierarcy of needs. (I am as guilty as anyone despite working hard to reduce my footprint…)
3 - what is happening in Ft Mac is a disaster and many well meaning, good natured, hard working people are suffering.
4 - I will posit the thought that many who are beating the drum to help those in Ft Mac were complicit in fighting any help being given to Syrian refugees - who have had it far worse for far longer than those in Ft Mac and who don't have a functioning nation state with insurance companies to return to. Maybe this situation will help open some people's eyes…we are all, after all, human.
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