A Fairy Tale of Canada

Once upon a time in a northern Dominion called Canada, there was a thriving oil industry that provided fuel for vehicles, trains and airplanes.  There was also a large natural gas industry that kept the people warm during the long cold winters and supplied the raw material for plants that manufactured plastics, detergents, fertilizer, synthetic clothing and a great many other items needed and used by people every day.

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That oil and natural gas industry employed more than a million people and its exports (link)

were the biggest contributor to the county’s international balance of payments. People

working in the industry were proud that their operations were among the most

technically advanced and environmentally responsible in the world.

Then a report written by a scientific advisory group called the INTERNATIONAL PANEL on

CLIMATE CHANGE was published, stating that the earth was warming and carbon-dioxide emissions from burning ‘fossil fuels’ were the likely cause.   And so it came to be that lowering emissions of the very substance that plants need to breath in the same way as animals need oxygen, and that provides the fizz in soda drinks and the bubbles in champagne, became the world’s most important environmental priority.

Suddenly, after fueling the world’s progress for centuries, oil, natural gas and coal became environmental pariahs.   Eco-elves flew in from far and wide to proclaim Canada’s oil and gas industry is a major contributor to global warming.   But in the real world, the industry contributed just a small part of Canada’s emissions, and Canada’s emissions were only two per cent of global emissions.

Nations of the world gathered together in the magical Kingdom of Japan and promised they would reduce the use of fossil fuels.  But a decade later, fossil-fuel emissions had gone up, not down. So, world leaders gathered in the French Fifth Republic to once again pledge reduction of fossil fuels. But even as world leaders announced this pledge, three dozen countries, including two with more than a third of the people in the world, continued to build hundreds of new coal-fired power plants. Coal was already the biggest source of carbon dioxide and those new plants would raise coal emissions by another 40 per cent.


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That meant that, even if Canada were to disappear into stardust, its tiny share of global emissions would be replaced in a matter of months. Amazingly, these realities mattered not to Canada’s starry-eyed prime minister, who vowed that his little northern country would set an example to the world.

His paladins imposed special taxes on the users of fossil fuel, creating hardship for the people while also weakening the dominion’s competitive position with its largest trading partner. The prime minister journeyed to the main oil and gas producing province, hoping to use his imagined charisma to convince workers worried about losing their jobs that ‘phasing-out’ their industry was necessary to stop global warming. People asked the prime minister what was to replace all that fossil fuel energy?

HE PROCLAIMED THAT IT WOULD BE ‘GREEN ENERGY’ GENERATED BY THE WIND AND THE SUN.

But the people knew that the wind only blew some of the time. And that, in this northern land Alternative energy

with little sunlight during short winter days and none on long cold nights when energy is needed most, solar was useless.   And the government had not learned from experience in a province called Ontario, where billions of dollars spent on green energy had yielded only small amounts of very expensive and unreliable power that needed back-up fossil-fuel power plants to prevent . . . black-outs.


The folly of relying on green energy was undeniable, but, alas, neither the eco-elves nor the prime minister took heed. Neither did they face the truth that trying to force down Canada’s already tiny global emissions would hamstring the country’s most important industry only to have its fossil-fuel production, and emissions, replaced by buying production in US$ or from other countries such as Saudi Arabia.

  The prime minister and his paladins remained convinced their green dream (LINK) would come true, if only they believed. So, this fairy tale of doing good for the world became a nightmare for this small northern dominion.

“Sadly, the rest of the world didn’t even care”.

Author Unknown

“THIS IS THE AUTHORS POINT OF VIEW AND NOT NECESSARILY MINE, BUT  CLOSE”.

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Climate Change is Real

 

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Learn To Be There, When Needed

Climate change is real and it’s here to stay. We have noticed a drastic change in our weather system and scientists predict it’s here to stay and, will likely get worse. Flooding, out of control fires, droughts and the list goes on, but are we prepared?

Yes, we have always had bad bouts of weather, but they’re getting more severe and staying longer.

ARE WE PREPARED FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

MY QUESTION IS, In case of a catastrophic event, and this is our normal future weather, is our Country prepared, “are we as people” prepared for such events. Well, SORT OF, maybe.

We have an emergency broadcast system to tell us, in case of an emergency we should either move to higher ground or lower to the basement. Sirens go off to tell you something is happening and you should, at least … DUCK.

∞∞ Yes our government does research in climate projection data, effects of climate change and climate change organizations that give you more data. They have training and regional workshops on CLIMATE DATA collecting.  Thousands of dollars are spent on data information but nothing on real skills.

Skills for not only when it gets bad, but for when the weather gets worse.

If such a catastrophic event happens, are we trained in REAL LIFE-SAVING skills, or, ANY survival skills? Chances are, I would say NO.

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As we speak we have ‘out of control’ fires in British Columbia We put out a call, and hundreds of trained firefighters from every part of the globe come to our help. In some small way, should all Canadian citizens have some form of training in firefighting? With all the forests and greenery in our country, I would say a definite “YES”

My point is if these catastrophic events keep happening and this is the normal weather pattern here and around the world, and the global warming is “Real” then we as a country and citizens, should prepare ourselves “IN REAL LIFE-SAVING Skills”

We should implement a “National LIFE SAVING PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM, and WORKSHOPS ACROSS CANADA” for young and old.

In Ontario, Canada we are prone to: 

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∞ Floods

∞ Droughts

∞ Heatwaves

∞ Severe Winds

∞ Severe snowfall and cold

∞ Tornados

∞ Fires

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“State of Emergency Act”

Reading the State of Emergency Act, the government that first declared it has every right to pull you out of your car and force you to help.

But do they? NO. Most people do not have any real disaster saving skills to help in such tasks, but WE SHOULD.

♥ Trained skills such as: ♥

∞CPR

∞The Heimlich Maneuver.

∞Preventing Hypothermia.  flooding

∞Using an AED.

∞Controlling Bleeding.

∞Escape from a Sinking Car.

∞Exit a burning building.

∞Fire Fighting.

∞ Ice Rescue.

∞And many more to suit your area!

OR, How to Deliver A Baby in an Emergency.

Learning basic survival in an emergency would be an asset to you, your family, friends, and Country when called upon. And, I’m not talking about stocking up on food. I’m talking about real life-saving skills.

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