Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Farce is Strong in This One: Oilsandsphobia

Yes, they are serious:
British researchers have concluded that most of Canada's oilsands will have to be left in the ground if the world gets serious about climate change.

The report, published in the journal Nature, says three-quarters of all Canada's oil reserves and 85 per cent of its oilsands can't be burned if the world wants to limit global warming. The report also concludes that no country's Arctic energy resources can be developed if global temperature increases are to be kept manageable.

It takes some cheek for a UK organization to be pointing critical fingers at Canada. Consider the following:

Thousands of people die each winter in the UK as a result of being unable to heat their homes.

The social cost of fuel poverty is massive, and growing. In the winter of 2012/13, there were 31,000 extra winter deaths in England and Wales, a rise of 29% on the previous year. Around 30-50% of these deaths can be linked to being cold indoors. And not being able to heat your home also takes a huge toll on health in general: those in fuel poverty have higher incidences of asthma, bronchitis, heart and lung disease, kidney disease and mental health problems.

2 comments:

braddillman said...

What would you prescribe?

celestialjunk said...

In the very least, the Canadian Forces needs to add extensive domestic terrorism training over a broader number military trades, and then cities and towns and provinces need to workout, and drill rapid response with military units/police. Every major city has a military unit of some sort; yet the vast majority of soldiers are less proficient with firearms than any gun club member ... and very few CF members are tactically trained for much more than digging fox holes, least of all being able to assist in the event of a large scale attack.

It is possible that a city the size of Toronto may have a large enough SWAT team to handle a large scale terrorist event, such as the seizing of the mall. But this is in no way the case in the vast majority of smaller Canadian centers.

I don't think we need to militarize the police force more ... when we have a military. Canadian soldiers are glorified disaster assistance teams for the most part, so why not train military units, in concert with local police for rapid response and coordination.